ECE 5030 Design project.
For this exercise, we want you to pick a project, then design and build it.
During this period there will be no other assignments, so we expect you to spend
all of your time for this course on the project. You will be expected to be
in lab at the usual times and to show significant progress each week of the
- Grades will be assigned by rank-ordering all projects in all sections, thus you will be competing against everyone in the class for this grade.
- 20% of your project grade depends upon being prepared each week and on the quality, quantity and character of the work done during each week. Each week in lab a one-page progress report may be due.
- 30% depends on the project demonstration at the end of classes.
- 50% will be based on your project writeup.
- The members
of a group may be graded differentially if it becomes obvious to the staff that
one person is doing the bulk of the work.
When choosing a project you will need to consider availability of hardware,
time available, and your construction skill. You may want
to look at project ideas.
Depends on what you will build. You should talk often to your lab instructor.
You can use any combination of analog hardware, digital interfaces, and Matlab. Matlab can be used for modeling, data aqusition and/or data analysis.
You will be graded on several aspects of the project:
Your web page must be submitted for inclusion on the class web page.
- Appropriate level of hardware/software complexity.
- Appropriate use of hardware and software.
- A project which works according to specification (which you will write).
- Level of effort and organization shown in lab.
- A demonstration of the final project during the
last regular scheduled lab period of the semester. The demonstration
will include an explanation of your web page describing the project.
- Completeness and understandability of the final report. The html report must
be available for viewing when you do the project demo during
your last regular lab period, and must be emailed to the instructor (see instructions below) within 48 hours. The web page will consist of one folder with exactly one html file with the file name
index.html. In the folder there may be Matlab source files, , images, mpegs, zipped projects, or other supporting documents linked to the one html file.
must include all the major sections.
You may omit specific sections not relevant to your project:
- One sentence "sound bite" that describes your project.
- A summary of what you did and why.
- High level design:
- rationale and sources of your project idea
- background math
- logical structure
- hardware/software tradeoffs
- Relationship of your design to available FDA, IEEE, ISO, ANSI, DIN, and other
- Discuss existing patents, copyrights, and trademarks which are relevant
to your project.
- Program/hardware design:
- program details. What parts were tricky to write?
- hardware details. Could someone else build this based on what you
- Be sure to specifically reference any design or code you used from
- Things you tried which did not work
- Results of the design:
- speed of execution (hesitation, filcker, interactiveness)
- accuracy (heart rate, numeric, music frequencies, video signal timing, etc)
- how you enforced safety in the design.
- interference with other people's designs (e.g. cpu noise, RF interference)
- usability by you and other people
- Analyse your design in terms of how the results met your expectations.
What might you do differently next time?
- How did your design conform to the applicable standards?
- Intellectual property considerations.
- Did you reuse code or someone else's design?
- Did you use code in the public domain?
- Are you reverse-engineering a design? How did you deal with
- Did you have to sign non-disclosure to get a sample part?
- Are there patent opportunites for your project?
- Legal considerations. For instance, if you use a transmitter, you must discuss
the appropriate FCC legal restrictions.
- Appendix with commented program listings.
- Appendix with schematics if you build hardware (you can download free software from expresspcb.com
to draw schematics).
- Appendix with a list of the specific tasks in the project carried
out by each team member.
- References you used:
- Data sheets
- Vendor sites
- Code/designs borrowed from others
- Background sites/paper
To do this:
- Put all of your web page files in one directory. Name this directory with the concantented netids of all the group members, e.g.,
Since the pages will be on a UNIX server, you should:
- Make sure the cases (upper/lower) of all filenames agree with their
- Use only alphanumeric characters and underscores in filenames (NO SPACES, no punctuation of any kind).
- Check all your links to make sure they are relative to your main page.
- Use a directory name consisting of the group's concantenated netids.
- ZIP the directory.
- email it to BRL4@cornell.edu. Or if it is too big, send it via dropbox at https://dropbox.cornell.edu/
- Submit videos to me for inclusion in the course YouTube channel.
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March 12, 2013