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ME403: Student Design Project

Unit 1: Formulation of Engineering Design   *In this unit, we will familiarize ourselves with the various design steps that we should follow when designing a product or process.  Design planning is a vital step in the design process; in this stage, we assess customers’ needs and conduct initial research.

Once you are familiar with design planning, you need to understand how to effectively manage the design.  You will learn to treat every design as a project, where good teamwork and timelines are vital to success.  You will also learn the importance of properly presenting your ideas in engineering documents and presentations.*

Unit 1 Time Advisory
This unit will take you approximately 9.75 hours to complete.

☐    Subunit 1.1: 2 hours

☐    Subunit 1.1.1: 0.5 hours

☐    Subunit 1.1.2: 1 hour

☐    Subunit 1.1.3: 0.5 hours 

☐    Subunit 1.2: 2 hours

☐    Subunit 1.2.1: 0.5 hours

☐    Subunit 1.2.2: 1 hour

☐    Subunit 1.2.3: 0.5 hours

☐    Subunit 1.3: 2 hours

☐    Subunit 1.3.1: 0.5 hours

☐    Subunit 1.3.2: 0.5 hours

☐    Subunit 1.3.3: 0.5 hours

☐    Subunit 1.3.4: 0.5 hours

☐    Subunit 1.4: 3.75 hours

☐    Subunit 1.4.1: 1 hour

☐    Subunit 1.4.2: 1 hour

☐    Subunit 1.4.3: 0.25 hours

☐    Subunit 1.4.4: 0.5 hours

☐    Subunit 1.4.5: 0.5 hours

☐    Subunit 1.4.6: 0.5 hours

Unit1 Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this unit, the student will be able to: - Comprehend the theories of engineering design, the design process, and the steps involved in product design. - Apply teamwork and group management to accomplish tasks. - Apply design and time-management tools to efficiently and effectively accomplish design. - Create design drawings and design presentations. - Create design reports and design publications. - Apply design documentation and engineering drawings.

1.1 The Design Process   1.1.1 Introduction to Engineering Design   Note: ME101: Introduction to Mechanical Engineeringintroduced engineering design in subunit 1.2.  Please reread this subunit if you want to review the information it contains.  The following reading is another introduction to engineering design, intended to refresh your memory.

  • Reading: Stanford University: Dr. Andrea Goldsmith and Dr. My Le’s “Introduction to Engineering Design” Link: Stanford University: Dr. Andrea Goldsmith and Dr. My Le’s “Introduction to Engineering Design” (PowerPoint)

    Instructions: This reading introduces you to engineering design.  Please click on Lecture 1 titled, “Introduction to Engineering Design,” and read slides 12 through 23.  This reading should take approximately 30 minutes to complete.

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1.1.2 Engineering Design Process   - Reading: University of Minnesota: Dr. Sue Mantell’s “Design Process” Link: University of Minnesota: Dr. Sue Mantell’s “Design Process” (PDF)

 Instructions: This reading introduces you to the engineering design
process and how it is applied to solve problems.  Please click on
the link titled, “Design Process,” located under the Spring 2012
Lecture Notes heading and read pages 1–18 in this PDF.  This reading
should take approximately 45 minutes to complete.  

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  • Reading: YouTube: Imedcad’s “The Engineering Design Cycle” Link: YouTube: Imedcad’s “The Engineering Design Cycle” (YouTube)

    Instructions: This lecture will help you learn about engineering design and the design process.  Please watch this entire lecture (approximately 8 minutes).

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1.1.3 Evaluating Technology and Strategy   - Reading: MIT: Dr. Jung-Hoon Chun and Dr. Alexander d’Arbeloff’s “R&D; Management” Link: MIT: Dr. Jung-Hoon Chun and Dr. Alexander d’Arbeloff’s “R&D Management” (PDF)

 Instructions: This reading examines the risks of developing new
technology and new products.  It will introduce you to how companies
and entities look at development and design in terms of their global
strategy.  Understanding these concepts will allow you as an
engineer to enter a design process with a better comprehension of
what your goals and approaches should be.  Please click on Lecture
14 titled, “R&D Management,” and read the entire document.  This
reading should take approximately 30 minutes to complete.  

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1.2 Project Management   1.2.1 Project Management Tools   - Reading: University of Wisconsin–Madison: Dr. Kim J. Manner’s “Project Planning” Link: University of Wisconsin–Madison: Dr. Kim J. Manner’s “Project Planning” (PDF)

 Instructions: This reading introduces you to project management
tools.  In any design, it is very important to be able to plan your
time and resources to accomplish your goals.  Please click the
“Project Planning” link and read the entire PDF.  This reading
should take approximately 25 minutes to complete.  

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  • Lecture: RMC Project Management: Rita Mulcahy’s “Getting Started in Project Management” Link: RMC Project Management: Rita Mulcahy’s “Getting Started in Project Management” (YouTube)

    Instructions: This lecture will help you learn about project management and tools. Please watch the entire lecture (approximately 6 minutes).

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1.2.2 Gantt Charts   - Reading: University of Wisconsin–Madison: Dr. Kim J. Manner’s “Creating a Gantt Chart” Link: University of Wisconsin–Madison: Dr. Kim J. Manner’s “Creating a Gantt Chart” (PDF)

 Instructions: This reading introduces you to Gantt charts and how
to use them. Please click the link titled “Creating a Gantt Chart”
and read the entire PDF. This reading should take approximately 30
minutes to complete.  

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  • Reading: University of Minnesota: Dr. Sue Mantell’s “Project Management” Link: University of Minnesota: Dr. Sue Mantel’s “Project Management” (PDF)

    Instructions: This reading is an additional resource on Gantt charts, which are an important project management tool.  Please click the “Project Management” link located under the Fall 2011 Lecture Notes section and then read pages 13 through 19 in the PDF.  This reading should take approximately 20 minutes to complete.

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  • Lecture: YouTube: Ralph Phillips: “Making a Gantt Chart with Excel” Link: YouTube: Ralph Phillips: “Making a Gantt Chart with Excel” (YouTube)

    Instructions: This lecture will help you understand Gantt charts and how to create them using Microsoft Excel.  Please watch the entire lecture (approximately 6.5 minutes).

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1.2.3 Time Management   - Reading: The University of Edinburgh: Dr. Gerard M. Blair’s “Personal Time Management for Busy Managers” Link: The University of Edinburgh: Dr. Gerard M. Blair’s “Personal Time Management for Busy Managers” (HTML)

 Instructions: This webpage introduces you to additional ways to
help manage your time effectively.  Please open the webpage and read
it in its entirety.  This reading should take approximately 30
minutes to complete.  

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1.3 Team Dynamics   1.3.1 Introduction to Teams and Groups   - Reading: The University of Edinburgh: Dr. Gerard M. Blair’s “Groups That Work” Link: The University of Edinburgh: Dr. Gerard M. Blair’s “Groups That Work” (HTML)

 Instructions: This webpage introduces you to the concept of
teamwork as a means of accomplishing an engineering design project. 
Because of the nature of this course, it will be difficult for you
to conduct a design project with a team.  However, teamwork is an
important part of engineering, and it will be part of most
engineering endeavors.  Please open the webpage and read it in its
entirety.  This reading should take approximately 30 minutes to
complete.  

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1.3.2 Quality within a Team   - Reading: The University of Edinburgh: Dr. Gerard M. Blair’s “How to Build Quality into Your Team” Link: The University of Edinburgh: Dr. Gerard M. Blair’s “How to Build Quality into Your Team” (HTML)

 Instructions: This webpage is an introduction to how, as a team
leader or team member, you can help elicit the benefits of working
with a team.  Please open the webpage and read it in its entirety. 
This reading should take approximately 30 minutes to complete.  

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1.3.3 Managing People   - Reading: The University of Edinburgh: Dr. Gerard M. Blair’s “The Human Factor” Link: The University of Edinburgh: Dr. Gerard M. Blair’s “The Human Factor” (HTML)

 Instructions: This webpage is an introduction to how to leverage
the nature of the people within a team to accomplish goals most
effectively.  Please open the webpage and read it in its entirety. 
This reading should take approximately 30 minutes to complete.  

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1.3.4 Assets of a Good Manager   - Reading: The University of Edinburgh: Dr. Gerard M. Blair’s “What Makes a Great Manager” Link: The University of Edinburgh: Dr. Gerard M. Blair’s “What Makes a Great Manager” (HTML)

 Instructions: This webpage introduces you to the principles of
being a good manager.  An effective manger leads in a manner that
allows the team to achieve its goals.  Please open the webpage and
read it in its entirety.  This reading should take approximately 30
minutes to complete.  

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1.4 Design Reporting and Documentation   1.4.1 Design Documentation   - Reading: University of Minnesota: Dr. David Pui and Dr. Brad Bohlmann’s “Documenting Your Design” Link: University of Minnesota: Dr. David Pui and Dr. Brad Bohlmann’s “Documenting Your Design” (PDF)

 Instructions: This reading introduces you to the important aspects
of design documentation.  Please click the “Documenting Your Design”
link located under the Spring 2012 Lecture Notes heading and read
the entire PDF.  This reading should take approximately 60 minutes
to complete.  

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1.4.2 Design Notebook   - Reading: Colorado State University: Dawn Kowalski’s “Writing Guide: Project Notebooks” Link: Colorado State University: Dawn Kowalski’s “Writing Guide: Project Notebooks” (HTML)

 Instructions: This reading presents an in-depth introduction to
design notebooks and their importance.  Please read through all of
the sections (presented as individual links on the right side of the
page).  This reading should take approximately 60 minutes to
complete.  

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1.4.3 Engineering Drawings   Note: ME104: Computer-Aided Design (CAD) should have given you a solid foundation in engineering drawings and computer-aided design.  Revisit any unit or section of this course if you feel the need to refresh your understanding.  Drawings are a fundamental part of the design process, and they are a necessity for the presentation and communication of concepts and ideas.

1.4.4 Progress Reports   - Reading: The University of Alabama: Dr. Jeff Jackson’s “Engineering Progress Reports” Link: The University of Alabama: Dr. Jeff Jackson’s “Engineering Progress Reports” (HTML)

 Instructions: This reading introduces you to engineering progress
reports.  Progress reports (different than design notebooks) are
important for documenting the ongoing progression of a design in a
structured manner.  Please read the entire document.  This reading
should take approximately 30 minutes to complete.  

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1.4.5 Design Presentation   - Reading: The University of Edinburgh: Dr. Gerard M. Blair’s “Presentation Skills for Emergent Managers” Link: The University of Edinburgh: Dr. Gerard M. Blair’s “Presentation Skills for Emergent Managers” (HTML)

 Instructions: This webpage introduces you to the structure and
rules of making a good presentation.  Presentations allow you to
present an idea, concept, or design to an audience on a personal
level, and it is important to be able to properly present yourself
to effectively get your ideas out.  Please open the webpage and read
it in its entirety.  This reading should take approximately 20
minutes to complete.  

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  • Reading: The University of Alabama: Dr. Jeff Jackson’s “Guidelines for Effective PowerPoint Presentations” Link: The University of Alabama: Dr. Jeff Jackson’s “Guidelines for Effective PowerPoint Presentations” (HTML)

    Instructions: This reading provides guidelines for effectively using PowerPoint to present a design to an audience.  Please read the entire document.  This reading should take approximately 20 minutes to complete.

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1.4.6 Final Design Report   - Reading: University of Minnesota: “How to Write a Design Report” Link: University of Minnesota: “How to Write a Design Report” (PDF)

 Instructions: This reading instructs you on what to include in, and
how to organize, a final design report.  A design report will be a
final documentation of the design process and resulting decisions. 
It is crucial that it be detailed but accessible, allowing a reader
to comprehend the design and decisions made to achieve it.  Please
click the “Writing Design Reports” link at the bottom of the page
and then read the entire PDF.  This reading should take
approximately 30 minutes to complete.  

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