CSE 181CW Senior Design Project (2011-2012)

CSE 181CW Senior Design Project

(Required for CSE.)
Catalog Data:

CSE 181CW Senior Design Project (Credit Units: 3) Completion, documentation, and presentation of projects started in CSE 181A-B. Teaches engineering documentation writing and presentation skills. Students write comprehensive project reports individually. Each student participates in a public presentation of the project's results. Prerequisite: CSE181A-B and satisfactory completion of the lower-division writing requirement. CSE 181A and CSE 181B and CSE 181CW must be taken in the same academic year. (Design units: 0)

Required Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0470417010.

. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0077396220.

Recommended Textbook:

Sally Barr Ebest, et al., Writing from A to Z: The Easy-To-Use Reference Handbook. 5th Edition, McGraw-Hill Companies, 2005, ISBN-13 978-0072961492.

Elaheh Bozorgzadeh and Jeffrey M. Foresta
Relationship to Student Outcomes
This course relates to Student Outcomes: CAC d, CAC e, CAC f, EAC b, EAC d, EAC f, EAC g.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Recognize ethical engineering practices represented in written and oral communications in the workplace. (CAC f, EAC g)

2. Demonstrate the effective use of principled reasoning to evaluate/solve ethical, unethical, and non-ethical situations in and engineering environment. (CAC e, EAC f)

3. Describe the basic process model and identify the key elements that form the basis for effective technical writing and sound scientific research. (EAC b)

4. Demonstrate the ability to make appropriate decisions regarding the form, format, and style of a proposed technical document based on the target audience, method of distribution, and useful life of the document. (CAC f, EAC g)

5. Use effective methodologies for reviewing, editing, and revising a technical document. (CAC f, EAC g)

6. Write an accurate and concise resume and cover letter. (CAC f, EAC g)

7. Create dynamic presentations of technical data using effective visual aids and vocal skills. (CAC f, EAC g)

8. Describe the form and organization of procedures and results used in scientific writing. (CAC f, EAC g)

9. Demonstrate effective research strategies and methodologies for evaluating the credibility and relevance of source material during the research process. (CAC d, EAC d)

10. Demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate your own written and oral communication skills, and develop a strategy for continued growth in both skill areas. (CAC f, EAC g)

Prerequisites by Topic

Lower-division writing

Lecture Topics:

Importance of effective communication skulls; technical writing in the workplace; benefits and drawbacks of visual and verbal modalities; sender/receiver relationships and the technical writing process model; legal and ethical responsibilities in engineering; form and organization of procedures used in scientific writing for the laboratory; ethical reporting of research findings using the scientific method; types of readers and determining the purpose of a technical document; limiting the scope and planning the proper tone for a technical document; requirements for journal article review and presentation; common errors that can degrade the effectiveness of written documentation; non-linear organizational techniques for constructing a research paper outline; requirements for journal article review and presentation; evaluating your sources for usefulness and credibility; ethical use of source material in your research papers; parallel construction and sentence logic to attain clear writing; stylistic considerations in technical writing; methodologies for effectively reviewing and editing your document; readability analysis and fog index techniques; effective cover letters/resumes; interviewing preparation/strategies and techniques; basic guidelines of copyright; trademark; patent laws. Documents prevalent in the engineering workplace. Internal and external business proposals.

Class Schedule:

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

Computer Usage:
Laboratory Projects:
Professional Component

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

Design Content Description
Laboratory Portion:
Grading Criteria:
  • Periodic homework assignments 10%
  • Periodic Quizzes: 10%
  • Midterm research paper 20%
  • Senior Design technical Paper 30%
  • Oral presentation of senior design paper 20%
  • Final Exam 10%
  • 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: 3.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 0.0 credit units

September 26, 2011
Senate Approved:
June 15, 2007
Approved Effective:
2007 Fall Qtr