Practical Skills and Design


CMPE Degree: This course is for the CMPE degree.

EE Degree: This course is for the EE degree.

Lab Hours: 0 supervised lab hours and 0 unsupervised lab hours.

Technical Interest Group(s) / Course Type(s): Seminars / Special courses

Course Coordinator:

Prerequisites: ECE2040

Corequisites: None

Catalog Description

This course teaches practical skills, such as soldering and laying out printed circuit boards, for students to be able to design and build their own applications.


Course Outcomes

Not Applicable

Student Outcomes

In the parentheses for each Student Outcome:
"P" for primary indicates the outcome is a major focus of the entire course.
“M” for moderate indicates the outcome is the focus of at least one component of the course, but not majority of course material.
“LN” for “little to none” indicates that the course does not contribute significantly to this outcome.

1. ( ) An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics

2. ( ) An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors

3. ( ) An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences

4. ( ) An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts

5. ( ) An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives

6. ( ) An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions

7. ( ) An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Strategic Performance Indicators (SPIs)

Not Applicable

Course Objectives

Topical Outline

1. Basic Safety Lab (such as the EHS safety course)
2. Basic Tools (screwdrivers types, hammers, wrenches etc.)
3. Wiring Introduction (breadboards, connectors etc)
4. Soldering (How to solder through hole connections, etc.)
5. Advanced Soldering (PCB surface mount, etc.)
6. Power Tools (bandsaws, power drills, grinder belts, circular saws, etc.)
7. Machines (3D printing, CNC milling, laser cutting, PCP milling, etc.)
8. LabVIEW
9. Hardware Integration (sensor conditioning, working with ICs)
10. Fundamentals of Design

The course will have 10 weeks of labs where students get practical skills on the tools and machines. Then the students will have 4 weeks to work independently on a design project of their choosing that incorporates these skills.

Lab journal 25%
Design Project 75%

Learning outcomes:
At the end of the term, students will be able
¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ to solder wires and perform surface mount soldering
¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ to use power tools to build wood and metal mounts for electronic boards
¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ to use machines such as 3D printers, CNC machines, laser cutters, and PCP milling machines to build components
¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ to use LabVIEW for basic software integration with sensors
¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ to understand the fundamentals of design and be able to conduct a design and build of a product from the fundamental requirements through testing.