EG H168 SYLLABUS - SPRING QUARTER 2001

Engineering Fundamentals and Laboratory III

 

Engineering Fundamentals - Purpose.  This portion of the course will focus primarily on planning, management, documentation, and presentation of the Freshman Engineering Honors robot design project.  Students will learn how to plan and manage a project, present analyses of their results, write a project report, and make an oral presentation on the work.

 

Engineering Laboratory - Purpose.  This portion of EG H168 will focus on analyzing, modeling, building, and testing the device required for the Freshman Engineering Honors design project.  During the hours allocated for this course, there will be some lectures on the technical approach to design, mathematical calculations required, and various laboratory tools and techniques that are helpful in completing the design.  A portion of class time will be for open lab where teams may work on their projects with instructors and teaching assistants available to answer questions.

 

Class Meeting Times and Credit.  The H168 sections will meet either 8:30–10:30, 10:30–12:30, 11:30–1:30, 12:30–2:30 or 2:30–4:30 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  All class sessions will be held in HI 208 or 214.  Course credit is four hours.

 

Integration of Courses.  The design project for this course is a small, autonomous robot.  The design and construction of the robot will require the use of at least parts of all of your previous FEH program courses.  A separate document will provide the design project guidelines and contest rules.  Students will purchase materials for the project in lieu of a textbook.  Details will be provided during the first day of class.

 

Textbooks:     Project Management and Teamwork, Karl Smith, McGraw-Hill, 2000.*

Robotic Explorations: A Hands-on Introduction to Engineering, Fred Martin, Prentice-Hall, 2001.+

                                * Already purchased      + Part of project kit

 

H168 Instructional Staff:                                           H168 Graduate Teaching Assistants:

 

Dr. John Demel, 2-2427, Demel.1@osu.edu                                     Edgar Casale, 8-0436, Casale.3@osu.edu

Dr. Rick Freuler, 8-0499, Freuler.1@osu.edu                    Raja Laifa Clouse, 8-0436, Laifa.1@osu.edu

Dr. Deb Grzybowski, 2-1750, Grzybowski.3@osu.edu   Erik Justen, 8-0436, Justen.4@osu.edu

 

H168 Undergraduate Teaching Assistants:

 

James Beams                         Beams.2@osu.edu                               Matt Beerman                       Beerman.2@osu.edu

Kevin Berndsen                   Berndsen.1@osu.edu                          Shelley Buchholz                 Buchholz.17@osu.edu

Ben Cipriany                         Cipriany.1@osu.edu                            Dan Crowell                          Crowell.17@osu.edu

Matt Gates                            Gates.73@osu.edu                               Ryan Gero                             Gero.4@osu.edu

Leo Glimcher                         Glimcher.3@osu.edu                           Barry Hubbard                      Hubbard.60@osu.edu

Tom McWilliams                  McWilliams.16@osu.edu                   John Neyer                            Neyer.3@osu.edu

Ted Pavlic                             Pavlic.3@osu.edu                                Shawn Pearson                     Pearson.112@osu.edu

Tai Pimputkar                        Pimputkar.2@osu.edu                         Jeff Radigan                          Radigan.4@osu.edu

Eric Schmidt                          Schmidt.298@osu.edu                        Sean Smith                            Smith.3700@osu.edu

Brian Thiry                            Thiry.2@osu.edu                                 Ken Wilkins                          Wilkins.78@osu.edu

 

DAILY SCHEDULE

 

Over Break

 

·        READ: Project Management and Teamwork by Karl Smith

 

WEEK 1

 

Monday, March 26

·        Introduction to course; Where the course fits into undergraduate programs; Required materials; Course fees

·        Design team assignment, organization; discussion of teamwork; teamwork agreements; brainstorming

·        READ:  Chap(s)   1,2,3 (Especially pgs 24-26)  from Smith

 

Wednesday, March 28

·        Documentation lecture topic:  notebooks, strategy discussion, sketches for brainstorming ideas

·        Teams work on brainstorming lists, brainstorming sketches, and design strategy  

·        Pre-Lab Assignment: Input ports, microswitch, CdS cell, optosensor, motor ports

·        READ:  Chap(s) 1 (Sec 1.1, 1.2) & 3 from Martin.

Due:  Signed teamwork agreements, Coupons for course materials

 

Friday, March 30

·        Lab lecture topic: Preparation for controller lab, controllers, microswitches, CdS cells, optosensors, motors

·        Controller Lab 1

·        READ:  Design Schedule, Chap 6, Smith

 

WEEK 2

 

Monday, April 2

·        Documentation lecture topic:  design schedule                  

·        Pre-Lab Assignment: Break Beam Sensors (shaft encoders), Motors Gears and Mechanism

·        READ: Chap(s) 3 (Sec 3.7 & 3.8) & 4 from Martin

Due:  Brainstorming list, sketches, and strategy for robot in competition

 

Wednesday, April 4

·        Lab lecture topic:  Preparation for motor dynamics lab, shaft encoders, motor tests

·        Motor Dynamics Lab: Motor current required, no load speed, maximum torque

 

Friday, April 6

·        Work on robots, Drive ‘Dummy’ around the course, refine design schedule

·        Teams meet with faculty to discuss progress

Due:  Controller Lab 1 Report

 


DAILY SCHEDULE (CONTINUED)

 
WEEK 3

 

Monday, April 9

·        Documentation lecture topic:  progress report

·        Lab lecture topic:  Preparation for Controller Lab 2 – Servos and IR Beacons / Receivers

·        READ:  Chap 4 (Sect. 4.4) from Martin

Due:  Design Schedule

 

Wednesday, April 11

·        Controller Lab 2 – Servos and IR Beacons / Receivers

Due:  Motor Dynamics Lab Report

 

Friday, April 13

·        Work on robots

·        READ: Chap 4 (Sect. 4.1) from Martin

·        Teams meet with faculty to discuss progress

Due:  Sketches of chassis, chassis requirements (e.g. weight, critical members)

Deadline:  Performance Test 1: Teams must have portion of chassis built - basic structure with wheels in place.

 

WEEK 4

 

Monday, April 16

·        Documentation lecture topic:  Final report                           

·        Lecture:  Power train analysis

Due:  Progress Report

Due: Team Peer Evaluation Due (Not for grade)

 

Wednesday, April 18

·        Software lecture topic:  Tips and hints for successful robot code

·        Work on robots

Due: Controller Lab 2 Report – Servos and IR Beacons / Receivers

 

Friday, April 20

·        Work on robots

·        Teams meet with faculty to discuss progress

Due: Calculations and sketches for power train - including transmission/ gear train requirements

Deadline:  Performance Test 2 - Teams must have motor installed and able to propel chassis up ramp.

 

WEEK 5

 

Monday, April 23

·        Work on robots

·        Laboratory quiz

Due:  Outline of final report

 

Wednesday, April 25


DAILY SCHEDULE (CONTINUED)

 
WEEK 5 (continued)

 

Friday, April 27

·        Work on robots

·        Teams meet with faculty to discuss progress

Due:  Flow Chart (for controller code for robot strategy - may be psuedocode)

Deadline:  Performance Test 3 - Teams must demonstrate controller operation of chassis (maneuver around an obstacle) using bump or other sensors.  Robots must start when IR signal light goes on.

 

WEEK 6

 

Monday, April 30

·        Documentation lecture topic:  Data analysis and presentation

·        Work on robots

Due:  Draft of final report sections assigned in Week 5

 

Wednesday, May 2

·        Work on robots

 

Friday, May 4

·        Work on robots

·        Teams meet with faculty to discuss progress

Due:  Sketches of robot’s electrical system and sensors

Deadline:  Performance Test 4 - Teams must demonstrate operation of CdS Cell sensor(s) on robots and must demonstrate proper detection of surface color (black or white).

 

WEEK 7

 

Monday, May 7

·        Documentation lecture topic:  Oral reports

·        Work on robots

Due:  Draft of final report sections assigned in Week 6

Due: Team Peer Evaluation Due (Not for grade)

 

Wednesday, May 9

·        Work on robots

 

Friday, May 11

·        Work on robots

·        Teams meet with faculty to discuss progress

Deadline:  Performance Test 5 - Teams must demonstrate pickup mechanism.

 


DAILY SCHEDULE (CONTINUED)

 

WEEK 8

 

Monday, May 14

·        Documentation lecture topic:  Visual aids

·        Work on robots

Due:  Outline of oral report

 

Wednesday, May 16

·        INDIVIDUAL COMPETITION in class                (Scores to be used for seeding for final competition)

 

Friday, May 18 

·        Work on robots

·        Teams meet with faculty to discuss progress

 

 

WEEK 9

 

Monday, May 21

·        Work on robots

 

Wednesday, May 23

·        Fine tune robots

 

Thursday, May 24

·        HEAD-TO-HEAD / FINAL COMPETITION at St. John Arena

 

Friday, May 26 

·        Work on written and oral reports

 

WEEK 10

 

Monday, May 29

·        Holiday – No Classes

 

Wednesday, May 31

·        ORAL REPORT PRESENTATIONS

 

Friday, June 1

·        Wrap-up and course evaluation   

·        End of year FEH Social Festivity (5 p.m. to 7 p.m., location TBD)

Due:  Written Reports and Notebooks

Due: Team Peer Evaluation Due (For grade)

Due:  Controller with serial cable, power transformer, and interface board  (See “Penalties” under Grading Criteria)

 


GRADING CRITERIA FOR EG H168

 

 

Engineering Fundamentals

 

                Assignment                                                          Points

 

                Design Schedule                                                     40

                Progress Report                                                      40

                Outline of Final Report                                           20

                Draft of 1st Part of Final Report                             40

                Draft of 2nd Part of Final Report                            40

                Outline of Oral Presentation                                  20

                Oral Report                                                            100

                Written Report                                                     100

                Notebook                                                                 50

 

                                                Sub TOTAL                          450

 

Engineering Laboratory

 

                Assignment  (*Individual)                                 Points

 

Brainstorming list, sketches, strategy                 30

                *Controller Lab 1                                    30

                *Motors Lab                                                            30

                *Controller Lab 2                                    30

                *Lab Quiz                                                                 30

                Chassis sketches & calculations                          30

                Power train sketches & calculations    30

                Flow chart                                                                30

                Sketches of electrical system & sensors             30

                Performance Test 1: Chassis/Wheels               15

                Performance Test 2: Chassis/Motor                  15

                Performance Test 3: Start & Maneuver            20

                Performance Test 4: CdS & Color Detect        15

                Performance Test 5: Pickup Mechanism      15

 

                                                Sub TOTAL                            350

 

Competition (See Contest Rules for Bonuses)

 

                Individual Competition                                           80

                Head-to-Head Competition                                  120

 

                                                Sub TOTAL                            200

 

TOTAL Points for Course                1000

 

Bonus – 30 points IFF all team members submit journal entries in any one week on time for 8 of 10 weeks.

Bonus – Additional points as specified in contest rules.

Please NOTE:  There is no final exam.

 


PENALTIES

 

1.     At the end of each class period, tools used by each team are to be returned to their proper location.  Each time they are not returned, each member of the team loses 5 points.

 

2.     On the last day of regularly scheduled classes, teams are to return the controllers, serial cables, power transformers, and interface boards to the FEH staff.  Failure to return any one of the items will cause all members of the team to receive an Incomplete in the course.

 

 

 

 

SOME USEFUL ON-LINE RESOURCES

 

The MIT Handy Board:

 

http://handyboard.com/

 

Robot related parts suppliers and info:

 

http://www.acroname.com/index.html

http://www.mrrobot.com/

http://www.robotstore.com

http://www-robotics.cs.umass.edu/robotics.html

http://www.erectorsets.com/

 

 

 

 

Accrediting Board for Engineering and Technology - Program Criteria

 

 

Engineering programs must demonstrate that their graduates have:                     Introduced in this course:

 

(a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering                                            Yes            

(b) and ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data                  Yes            

(c) an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs                                     Yes

(d) ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams                                                                                          Yes            

(e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems                                                         Yes            

(f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility                                                                  Yes            

(g) an ability to communicate effectively                                                                                                         Yes            

(h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in

                a global and societal context

(i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning

(j) a knowledge of contemporary issues

(k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary                              Yes            

                for engineering practice