Cleveland State University

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Department of Mechanical Engineering

 

EEC 492/592 and MCE 493/593 - Prosthesis Design and Control

 

Term Project Guidelines

 

500-level students are responsible for proposing and completing a term project. 400-level students are not responsible for a term project. Projects must be individual projects, not team projects. The term project should build on the material covered in the course. Read technical papers, including papers by the course instructors, to get ideas for your project.

 

The letter of intent, proposal, and final report must be submitted at www.turnitin.com. The Turnitin Class ID and Password are “8431506” and “prosthetics”.

 

Project Components:

 

Letter of Intent:             This is a one- or two-page letter that comprises an extended abstract of the proposed project. We will give you feedback on your letter to indicate whether or not your project idea is acceptable. If you are not sure how to write a letter of intent, our letter of intent template from another course may help. Although your letter of intent does not have to follow the template, you will be in good shape if you do follow it.

 

Proposal:                      The proposal should be between four and six pages long. The proposal is halfway between a letter of intent and a full project report. The proposal should include some preliminary research results, and plans for the additional work that will complete the project.

Oral Presentation:         Presentations will be given during the last week of classes. See http://academic.csuohio.edu/simond/courses/writing/Lecture09.ppt for some helpful advice on oral presentations.

 

Final Report:                 There is not a set limit for the length of the final report. The report should be long enough to be complete but not so long that it contains superfluous material. We typically expect reports to be anywhere between 10 and 30 pages, or even more if you include software listings, extensive tables of data, etc. Our report template may help. Although your report does not have to follow the template, you will be in good shape if you do follow it.

 

Common writing problems are discussed in CommonProblems.html. Read about the problems and avoid them to improve your grade.

Plagiarism:

 

Plagiarism is a serious offense that can jeopardize your grade, your degree, and your career. Before turning in a written report, make sure you understand what plagiarism is and how to avoid it. Here are some resources:

·        CSU Plagiarism Quiz

·        Purdue University’s Plagiarism Web Site

·        Indiana University’s Plagiarism Web Site

·        An article about a Masters student who plagiarized

·        The CSU ECE Department’s Ethics Policy

 

Project Grade:

 

Task

Subtask

Points

Letter of Intent

 

6

Proposal

 

 

Abstract

3

 

Project/Problem Description

3

 

Plan of Attack

3

 

Expected Results

3

 

Milestones/Timeline

3

Project

 

 

Interest Level

3

 

Motivation

3

 

Scope

3

Written Report

 

 

Title

3

 

Abstract

3

 

Introduction

3

 

Literature Review

3

 

Focus

3

 

Organization

3

 

Appearance

3

 

Professionalism

3

 

Figures and Tables

3

 

Spelling and Grammar

3

 

Conclusion

3

 

Future Work

3

 

References

3

Oral Presentation

 

 

Introduction

3

 

Length

3

 

Organization

3

 

Clarity

3

 

Visual Aids

3

 

Audience Interaction

3

 

Conclusion

3

Total

 

90

 


 

Last Revised: August 20, 2014