COE485: Senior Design Project - Fall 2013 (T131)
Lecture: Wed | 17:20 - 18:10 | 24/146
Instructor: Ahmad Almulhem
Email: ahmadsm at kfupm
Office Hours:Sun/Mon/Tue/Wed:11:15-12:15 and by appointment (email me)
Various design phases leading to a practical engineering solution. Feasibility
study, preparation of specifications, and the methodology for the design.
Detailed design and implementation, testing, debugging, and documentation.
Notes: Marking is based on percentage of completion and correctness of outcomes.
- Attendance 5%
- Project Plan (Wk 3) 5%
- Biweekly Presentation (Starting Wk 4) 10%
- Progress Report and Demos (Wk 7) 10%
- Final Presentation (Wk 14 and 15) 30%
- Final Report and Product/Video (Wk 15) 40%
- Though we have one class per week, office hours and appointments should
be used by students to obtain all necessary information and guidance towards
meeting project deadlines.
- Email is the main form of communication outside the classroom. You are
expected to read your email as often as required by the project
- The Internet (companies’ websites, newsgroups, forums, etc.) and the
KFUPM library are your main source for information regarding the proposed
projects. Bookstores are also a good source for books unavailable at
- Projects are student-driven; the instructor will provide description
of the final outcome and set guidelines for the development process.
The student is responsible for carrying out the intended tasks.
The projects require excellent programming skills in addition to self
motivation and persistence.
- Work will be carried by teams (2 or 3 students per team) –
all members of a team should contribute equally to the project.
- Although cooperation amongst all students is encouraged, teams
must work independently. Deliverables (designs, background material,
code, report, etc.) submitted by different teams that are similar
will receive an F grade.
- In connection with the progress, final reports and presentations,
it is prohibited to copy or past text, figures, diagrams, or plots
from other sources (books, articles, etc.) without referencing the
original source. If you absolutely need to refer to figures,
diagrams, or plots that appear in other sources, then you should
include clear reference to their authors in the caption. An ‘F’ grade
will be given to the student if this rule is not observed.
Policies Affecting the Grades
- Project Implementation
- Engineering approach: System design, critical examination of
different approaches and justification for the selected approach(s).
The utilization of basic engineering science in the design.
- Completion of the design.
- Design verification and testing: Simulations, modeling,
emulation, prototyping (when appropriate) and testing.
- Work Habits
- Critical thinking
- Project Documentation and Final Report (Week 15)
- Compliance with the report writing guidelines
- Clarity of the problem description and proposed solution
- System design, approach selection and design segmentation
- Implementation/Testing report and any product manuals’
if the project requires it
- Final Presentation (Week 14, 15)
- Clarity of stated problem and solution
- Quality of presentation (organization, body language …etc)
- Discussion (how the student answers the questions which
demonstrate his understanding of the project and its