Link to syllabus and lecture schedule for last offering (2008)
Students in FEG 489 will design a solution an open-ended, complex engineering problem. Solutions will be found through rigorous problem analysis and a search for and evaluation of practical alternative solutions. Students will be expected to specify a chosen alternative that meets the design criteria. Students will follow a design process, driven largely by their own initiative, which involves inquiry, deliberation, evaluation, innovation and attention to professional duty. Students will:
- Investigate problems and synthesize information
- Propose and test alternative solutions
- Develop designs for critical elements of the project
- Study, evaluate and revise designs as needed
- Prepare and make oral presentations of the work
- Write, edit and revise reports suitable for publication and professional presentation
FEG 489 is a professional component of the Environmental Resources Engineering curriculum. The course objective is to provide a major design experience at the culmination of the student's curriculum. The experience will require the knowledge and skills acquired in earlier coursework and will incorporate engineering standards and realistic constraints that include some or all of the following: economic; environmental; sustainability; constructability; manufacturability; ethical; health; safety; social; regulatory; and political. Students will strengthen their problem-solving skills. Teamwork, critical thinking, evaluation and assessment form the core of the course, where students will develop skills that will assist them in becoming lifelong learners and self-growers.
At the completion of this course, each student will be able to:
- Design a product or process that meets specified requirements with realistic constraints.
- Use project management tools, techniques and skills, such as scheduling, resource allocation, and cost estimating.
- Communicate effectively using oral and written formats such as memos, letters, technical design reports, drawings, and public presentations.
- Function effectively as a member of an engineering design team.
- Solve a problem to meet the needs of a client.
- Understand the professional, legal and ethical responsibilities of engineers.
This class was co-taught by Chuck Kroll and Lindi Quackenbush in the Spring 2008 semester.
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