CSE 181A Senior Design Project (2013-2014)

CSE 181A Senior Design Project

(Required for CSE.)
Catalog Data:

CSE 181A Senior Design Project (Credit Units: 3) Teaches problem definition, detailed design, integration and testability with teams of students specifying, designing, building, and testing complex systems. Lectures include engineering values, discussions, and ethical ramifications of engineering decisions. Corequisite: CSE135A/EECS152A. Prerequisite: COMPSCI 143A or EECS 111 and CSE 145A OR COMPSCI 145A. CSE 181A and CSE 181B and CSE 181CW must be taken in the same academic year. Computer Science and Engineering majors have first consideration for enrollment. (Design units: 3)

Required Textbook:
Recommended Textbook:

Reference materials for supplied project equipment.

Mark Bachman
Relationship to Student Outcomes
This course relates to Student Outcomes: CAC b, CAC c, CAC d, CAC e, CAC f, CAC g, CAC h, CAC i, CAC j, EAC c, EAC d, EAC e, EAC f, EAC g, EAC h, EAC i, EAC j, EAC k.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Work as part of a multidisciplinary team to specify and design a computer-based system. (CAC c, CAC d, CAC f, EAC c, EAC d, EAC e, EAC g)

2. Understand and apply the system design process, including requirements analysis, specifications, and detailed design documentation. (CAC b, CAC c, CAC j, EAC c, EAC e)

3. Apply commodity and standards-based components to their design through ability to understand API documentation and part data sheets for interfacing. (CAC c, CAC i, EAC c, EAC k)

4. Consider design constraints including manufacturability, testability, and maintainability. (CAC c, EAC c, EAC e)

5. Consider ethical, social, health, safety, and environmental impacts of their designs. (CAC e, CAC g, EAC f, EAC h)

6. Understand how industry mandates continuing education to ensure that designers will be able to address contemporary issues. (CAC h, EAC i, EAC j)

Prerequisites by Topic

Microcontroller programming

Lecture Topics:
  • Microcontroller programming (1 week)
  • System testing (1 week)
  • Contemporary issues (1 week)
  • Ethics (1 week)
  • Other topics vary (6 weeks)
Class Schedule:

Meets for 1 hour of lecture, 1 hour of discussion and 3 hours of laboratory each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:

Determined by choice of components.

Laboratory Projects:

Determined by student proposal.

Professional Component

Contributes towards the Computer Science and Engineering major requirements for Engineering Topics courses.

Design Content Description

Emphasis is placed on planning, research, problem definitions and lectures that set the context for the projects while defining the common platform, and implementation of work using appropriate engineering standards.

Lectures: 100%
Laboratory Portion: 0%
Grading Criteria:
  • Project Progress: 30%
  • Project Documentation: 35%
  • Final presentation: 35%
  • Total: 100%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 3.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 3.0 credit units

October 1, 2014
Senate Approved:
October 8, 2013
Approved Effective:
2013 Fall Qtr