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A Process For Screening Capstone Senior Design Projects For Compatibility With Department Abet Program Outcomes

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

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June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

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June 25, 2003



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Electrical and Computer Engineering

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8.100.1 - 8.100.6



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Mohamed El-sharkawy

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Charles Yokomoto

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Maher Rizkalla

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A Process for Screening Capstone Senior Design Projects for Compatibility with Department ABET Program Outcomes

Maher E. Rizkalla, Mohamed El-Sharkawy, and Paul Salama Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

1. Introduction:

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) uses its senior capstone design course as a major source of data for its outcomes assessment process for ABET accreditation. Thus, we must insure that the projects we assign address our Program Outcomes (PO), which are our version of Criterion 3 in EC2000, to the extent possible. In this paper, this paper presents a description to the process that we have developed to screen projects before they are assigned to student teams.

There are four different sources of projects, each with its particular characteristics. They are the following: (1) projects from industry sponsors, (2) projects from ECE faculty sponsors, (3) projects from faculty in other departments across the campus, and (4) projects from the student teams themselves. Because of the diversity of project sources and projects, we have developed a process where the projects, collectively if not individually, address all Program Outcomes that we have determined that the capstone design course should address. The Program Outcomes that our project addresses are the following:

• Outcome a: Ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering • Outcome b: Ability to design and conduct experiments • Outcome c: Ability to function on multidisciplinary teams • Outcome d: Ability to design a system or a component • Outcome e: Ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams • Outcome f: Ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems • Outcome g: Ability to communicate orally and in writing • Outcome k: Ability to use engineering skills, techniques, and tools properly

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El-sharkawy, M., & Yokomoto, C., & Rizkalla, M. (2003, June), A Process For Screening Capstone Senior Design Projects For Compatibility With Department Abet Program Outcomes Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--11955

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