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Capstone Design Project Guidelines

The following guidelines are to be followed when conducting a Capstone Design/Technical Project. Senior engineering students must begin a Capstone Project at least two semesters prior to graduation. The Capstone Project will be executed in a two-semester Capstone course.

First Semester Capstone (EE/ME/EGM 391) Requirements

Preparation for a Capstone Project At the first meeting of the Capstone Class, the Capstone Design/Technical Project Policy and Procedures will be discussed in detail. The Project Approval Form and the Capstone Project Milestone Checklist will also be discussed.

Project Advisors

  • Faculty Advisor: Each student will select and meet with a Project Advisor by the second week of the semester to outline a program of work, set major milestones and time frames required to meet the major milestones. Faculty advisors are asked to oversee the planning and progress of the capstone project and attend the capstone presentations. Their guidance is an important aspect of the engineering program and in helping us to assess the impact of our students. We hope that these capstone projects not only provide the students with opportunities to gain experience but also that they produce information and tools for use in improving the results. Specific responsibilities include:
    • Assisting with planning of project
    • Providing feedback on proposed project
    • Being available via email or phone for problem solving if needed
    • Reviewing/co-grading (with industrial advisor if applicable)
    • Completion of the faculty advisor evaluation
    • Tracking the project deliverable items and due dates.
    • Review and grade each deliverable item.
    • All faculty advisor grades will be given to the Capstone Facilitator for final assessment.
    • Inform each student of their progress and performance throughout the semester. This will alleviate any surprises when final grades are issued.
  • Industrial Advisor: A student may select an advisor from industry.
    • An Industrial Advisor must agree to follow the course policy and abide by set deadlines and milestone requirements.
    • A Wilkes University Engineering faculty member must serve as a co-advisor to ensure that Capstone Project procedures are followed.
    • However, the industrial project advisor is the advisor of record and will evaluate the project.
    • Industrial sponsored projects are encouraged.

Topic Approval Each student must prepare and submit a Capstone Project Approval FOrm to a Project Advisor and to the department head and/or departmental committee for approval of the capstone design topic. Submission of the Capstone Design Project Approval FOrm to the Capstone Course Instructor will take place no later than the third meeting of the class.

Progress Reports Each student must submit progress reports (written and oral) to the Project Advisor and Capstone Course Instructor. A copy of the Milestone Checklist will be submitted to the Capstone Course Instructor each class period. At least one oral status report will be given in class. See link Preliminary Design Review Checklist and Critical Design Review Checklist.

First Semester Requirements Each student will submit a Problem Definition and four (4) chapters to the course instructor as scheduled on the Milestone Checklist.

The Problem Definition must include the following minimum components:

  • Problem Statement
  • List of References
  • List of Specifications
  • List of Constraints
  • List of Alternative Solutions
  • Design Methodology
All requirements must be submitted in class on or before the date indicated on the Milestone Checklist. Each student must submit her or his own work in class to the Project Instructor.

Oral Status Report Elements

  • Problem Definition
  • Project Requirements
  • Chapter Designations
  • References/Bibliography
  • Project Issues≠ Report #1
  • Alternative Solutions
  • Codes and Standards
  • Chapter 1: Introduction
  • Project Issues Report #2
  • Specifications/Constraints
  • Chapter 2: Background
  • Project Issues Report #3
  • Chapter 3: Method
  • Project Issues; Report #4
  • Model(s)
  • Chapter 4: Analysis
  • Project Issues Report #5

Project Issues

  • Discussion of the mathematical, science and engineering/technical principles used to complete the design/technical project.
  • Detailed discussion of each realistic constraint, which follow, as they applied to the design/technical project: economic factors; safety; security; reliability; aesthetics; ethics; social factors; power requirements; size and weight; IEEE, ASME, OSHA and other codes and standards.
  • Discussion of the skills (programming, computational, experimental, etc.), techniques (numerical, analytical, etc), model(s) (analytical, computer, graphical, numerical) and modern tools (software, computer hardware, instrumentation, etc.) required to complete the design/technical project.
  • Discussion of the design/technical methodology, including codes and standards, used in the project.
  • A personal statement of being ethical and professional at all times, particularly while analyzing and/or designing a system, system component or process for your capstone project and when communicating the project.

Project Issue Reports must be graded, signed, dated by the project advisor and submitted on or before the date indicated on the Course Outline. All Issue Reports must be submitted to receive a grade.

Chapter Requirements A preliminary list of Chapter Designations, approved and signed by the Project Advisor, is required which indicates the chapter where fundamental elements, design/technical features and constraints will be discussed. Chapter Designations are subject to change during the course of the project. The list of Chapter Designations is to be submitted in class to the Project Instructor on or before the date indicated on the Milestone Checklist.

It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that the Preliminary Material and each chapter is free of all grammatical errors, miss-spelled words and in the correct format as defined in the Capstone Design/Technical Manuel. A chapter is not complete if grammatical errors exist or misspelled words are present and if the chapter is not in the proper format.

The Preliminary Material must be submitted with each chapter. The each chapter must be (1) 85% complete, (2) free of miss-spelled words grammatical errors and in the correct format, (3) submitted with a signed statement from the Project Advisor verifying that the chapter is 85% complete, (4) with a grade recorded on the Milestone Checklist and (5) submitted in class to the Project Instructor on or before the (6) date indicated on the Procedural Checklist. If any one of these requirements is not met then a grade of zero will be given for the chapter.

Second Semester Capstone Class (EE/ME/EGM 392) Requirements

Abstract

A one-page, abstract, approved by the Project Advisor, is to be submitted to the course instructor on the date indicated on the Milestone Checklist.

Report Drafts

  • It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that each draft and the final report is free of all grammatical errors, miss-spelled words and in the correct format as defined in the Capstone Design Manuel. A draft is not complete, nor is the final report complete if grammatical errors exist or miss-spelled words are present and if the paper is not in the proper format.
  • The first draft must be (1) 85% complete, (2) submitted with a signed statement from the Project Advisor verifying that the project is 85% complete, (3) with a grade recorded on the Milestone Checklist and (4) submitted in class to the Project Instructor on or before the (5) date indicated on the Milestone Checklist. If any one of these requirements is not met then a grade of zero will be given for the first draft.
  • The final draft must be (1) 95% complete, (2) submitted with a signed statement from the Project Advisor verifying that the project is 95% complete, (3) with a grade recorded on the Milestone Checklist and (4) submitted in class to the Project Instructor on or before the (5) date indicated on the Milestone Checklist. If any one of these requirements is not met then a grade of zero will be given for the final draft.
Final Oral Presentation The final draft must meet the requirements listed above with a minimum grade of ≥D≈ before the formal oral presentation can be made. The final oral presentation must be presented using Power Point, on the date indicated on the Course Outline. If the final oral presentation is not given on the date indicated on the Course Outline, a grade of zero will be given for the final oral presentation and a grade of ≥F≈ will be given for the course. Project Issues Report A one-page word-processed report is required for each of the topics listed below. Each report must be graded, signed and dated by the Project advisor.

  • Detailed discussion of each realistic constraint, which follows, as they are applied to the design/technical project: safety; security; reliability; aesthetics; ethics; power requirements; size and weight.
  • Discussion of the impact of your project in light of contemporary and social issues.
  • Discussion of the feasibility of implementing your project from a business and economic perspective.
  • Discussion of how IEEE, ASME, OSHA and other codes and standards impact the project.
  • Explain, in detail, how you plan to remain technologically current in your field over the life of your employment.
If all the Project Issues Reports are not completed and/or are not submitted on the dates as indicated on the course outline, then a grade of zero (0) will be given for all the Projects Issues Reports.

Final Written Report

The student must submit to the course instructor, one bound original and two bound copies of an approved final report on or before the date indicated on the Milestone Checklist. Capstone design projects will not be accepted by the capstone design instructor without the Procedural Checklist. Only those projects submitted in class to the capstone design instructor will receive a grade for the Capstone Design Written Report. The Department Head must sign√off on the project before copies are made, bound, and submitted to the course instructor. The final project report must follow the format outlined in this document. The written report must be word processed according to the word processing specification for a Project Report, which is presented in this document. If a signed Capstone Report with two copies, and the signed and graded Milestone Procedural Checklist are not submitted to the Capstone Design instructor on the date indicated on the Milestone Checklist, then an "I"contract and the signed and graded Milestone Checklist must be submitted to the Capstone Instructor. If an "I" contract nor the Final Written Reports is not submitted to the Capstone Instructor then a grade of "F"; will be given for the final written report and a grade of "F" will be given for the course. The "I" Contract delivery date cannot be more than seven (7) days from the date the report was due.

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