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ECEN 4610 and ECEN 4620 - Capstone Laboratory (Parts 1 and 2)

Catalog Data ECEN 4610 (3). Capstone Laboratory Part 1, ECEN 4620 (3). Capstone Laboratory Part 2. Hands-on laboratory experience for teams of 4-6 members in the systematic proposal, design, build, integration, test, and documentation of an electronic/computer based system. The result will be a reliably operating, stand-alone analog/digital system, with publication quality technical documentation.
Credits and Design 3 credit/5 contact hours. Required core course.
Prerequisite(s) ECEN 3360, Digital Design Laboratory

for EE majors (only 2 for ECE majors), final one may be concurrent with ECEN 4610:

Corequisite(s) Final advanced analog core, per above.
Instructor(s) Andrew Femrite.
Textbook Design for Electrical and Computer Engineers: Theory, Concepts, and Practice, by Ralph M. Ford and Chris S. Coulston, McGraw-Hill 2008, ISBN 978-0-07-338035-3.
Course Objectives For students to:
  1. Understand the processes involved when conceiving, designing, implementing, operating, evaluating, and documenting a whole electronic/computer based system from beginning to end.
  2. Understand the importance of time and resource management and proper communication when working in multi-functional and multi-cultural teams.
  3. Understand the role of an engineer in the context of society, environment, global impact, and economy, and recognize the need for life-long learning.
Learning Outcomes After taking this course students will be able to recognize and use the following concepts, ideas, and/or tools:
  1. Function of design reviews, including project objectives, division of labor, schedules, risk and contingency plans, description of software processes, and the preparation of oral presentations and written updates.
  2. Project evaluation and documentation, including detailed specification and test results for the hardware and software components of all subassemblies, a test plan and test results for the overall system, complete schematics and software documentation, team member evaluations, and a final written report.
  3. Engineering as a profession in the modern world, including the interplay between economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health, safety, manufacturability, and sustainability issues, and the need for life-long learning.
Student Outcomes
3a 3b 3c 3d 3e 3f 3g1 3g2 3h 3i 3j 3k
Design Teams Engr
Oral Written Engr Solns
H H H H H H H H M H   H
Topics Covered
  1. Laboratory equipment
  2. Technology: FPGAs, CPLDs, processors, controllers
  3. Interface construction, system integration
  4. Project management and working in multi-functional teams
  5. Preliminary design review (PDR)
  6. Documentation: Criteria and tools
  7. Printed circuit boards (PCB): Layout, manufacture, populating, rework
  8. Critical design review (CDR)
  9. Hardware/software analysis and debug tools
  10. Real-life engineering and multi-faceted problem evaluation
  11. Economic, environmental, social, and safety aspects
  12. Professional and ethical responsibility
  13. Impact of engineering in global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  14. Life-long learning
  15. Milestone 1
  16. Milestone 2
  17. Capstone Expo

Last revised: 05-16-11, PM, ARP.