Course Info

September 20th, 2015 Leave a comment Go to comments


Dr. Jill Schmidt
292E Toomey Hall

Office Hours: Monday: 3-4:30 pm, Tuesday 3-4:30 pm, and by appointment


Lab Instructors

Section, Day, Time Name Email
3A Wed. 8-8:50 am Wei Wang
3B Wed. 9-9:50 am Renwei Liu
3C Wed. 10-10:50 am Yunlu Zhang
3D Wed. 11-11:50 am Pramod Narayan Bangalore
3E Wed. 1-1:50 pm Haythem Gaja
3F Wed. 2-2:50 pm Krishna Prasanth Motaparti
3H Fri. 9-9:50 am Gregory Taylor
3J Fri. 10-10:50 am Chen Chen
3K Fri. 11-11:50 am Xueyang Chen
3L Fri. 1-1:50 pm Sriram Praneeth Isanaka
3M Fri. 2-2:50 pm Zhifu Zhu


To introduce you to the engineering design process through a group design and fabrication project. You are probably accustomed to working individually on course assignments. However, engineers in industry usually work in teams, pooling their resources and knowledge to meet a given set of design requirements.

To introduce you to engineering software applications. It is likely that you will encounter and use these (or similar) software packages in your work as a student at Missouri S&T and as a professional engineer.


By the end of the semester you should be able to:

  • use project management tools,
  • identify ethical engineering practices and potential design failures,
  • utilize concept selection tools,
  • design and implement several proofs of concept and prototypes,
  • create functional models and objective trees,
  • understand the process of translating a design into a product,
  • recognize and address customer needs,
  • write professional memos,
  • use at least three engineering software applications.

Lecture Participation

Participation in lectures is required. Personal response systems (clickers) will be used to record participation in the lectures. Clickers are small hand-held devices, similar to a TV remote control, which allow students to respond electronically to a power point quiz question and receive immediate, electronic feedback on the accuracy of their response. Not only do students get instant feedback but the instructor will be better informed about how students are learning.

Your Responsibilities: Obtain and register your clicker at the S&T Bookstore. Your clicker must be registered in Blackboard each semester. You are responsible for bringing the clicker to class daily. If you lose or break your clicker, you will have to obtain and register a new one. Batteries can be obtained at the Bookstore.

Clicker quiz points cannot be made up. If you leave your clicker at home, your clicker runs out of batteries, etc. you will not be given credit. The number of clicker quizzes given will exceed the number counted, only the highest 10 will be counted in your grade.

Instructions on registering clickers in Blackboard can be found at:

Laptop computers must be closed or used in the back row of the classroom.  In large hall lectures, laptops are distracting to students behind the laptop user (the cone effect).  Cell phones should be set to vibrate or silent mode during class. Failure to comply with the laptop or cell phone policy may result in expulsion from the lecture and a loss of points on any remaining clicker questions.

Disruptive behavior will not be tolerated in class. Talking outside of active learning discussion periods is a distraction to surrounding students. Students exhibiting disruptive behavior will be verbally warned then expelled from the lecture if the behavior continues.

Lab Participation

Attendance and participation in the lab is necessary for success in this class. The attendance policy for each lab section will be discussed during the first lab session. Failure to attend lab sections may result in losing points on lab assignments.


Grades for Software and Design portions of the class will be based on a point system. The two tables below list all of the assignments and their associated point values. Blackboard grade totals DO NOT represent course grade totals.  While many assignments are considered team grades your individual contribution to each assignment will be factored in the grade for that assignment. Team participation will be assessed with a percentage participation table on each team assignment. Your individual grade on team assignments may be adjusted based on the results of the team participation tables at the discretion of your lab and lecture instructors.


Type Name Points
Design Team Application 10
Design Memo #1 – Team Identity 60
Design Objectives Tree 10
Design Functional Model 10
Design Morphological Matrix 10
Design Sketches 15
Design Memo #2 – Preliminary Design Review 80
Design Pugh Chart 15
Design Decision Matrix 15
Design Proof of Concept 1 Demo 25
Design Proof of Concept 2 Demo 25
Design Memo #3 – Critical Design Review 80
Design Alpha Prototype 50
Design Beta Prototype 50
Design Final Prototype 100
Design Presentation 25
Design FMECA 15
Design Memo #4 – Project Summary 40
Lecture Clicker Quiz #1 5
Lecture Clicker Quiz #2 5
Lecture Clicker Quiz #3 5
Lecture Clicker Quiz #4 5
Lecture Clicker Quiz #5 5
Lecture Clicker Quiz #6 5
Lecture Clicker Quiz #7 5
Lecture Clicker Quiz #8 5
Lecture Clicker Quiz #9 5
Lecture Clicker Quiz #10 5
Software Office 1 Quiz/Assignment 20
Software Office 2 Quiz/Assignment 20
Software Office 3 Quiz/Assignment 20
Software Office 4 Quiz/Assignment 20
Software Office Exam 25
Software Module 2.1 Quiz/Assignment 20
Software Module 2.2 Quiz/Assignment 20
Software Module 2.3 Quiz/Assignment 20
Software Module 2.4 Quiz/Assignment 20
Software Module 2 Exam 25
Software Module 3.1 Quiz/Assignment 20
Software Module 3.2 Quiz/Assignment 20
Software Module 3.3 Quiz/Assignment 20
Software Module 3.4 Quiz/Assignment 20
 Software Module 3 Exam 25


Grading Scale

The standard university grading policy will be followed.

900-1000 pts 800-899 pts 700-799 pts 600-699 pts 0-599 pts

Late Work

Assignments will due at the beginning of class. In general, assignments will NOT be accepted after due dates.

General Guidelines

In this class you will encounter many new experiences such as learning to work with a team of students, having multiple instructors for a variety of subjects, and following an instruction schedule that varies weekly. Because we think design is the most interesting and fun part of engineering, our goal is to share that enthusiasm with you and help develop your interest in design.

As your instructors, our responsibility is to present clear concepts in class, provide real-world, hands-on design examples and be available for help outside of class. As students, your responsibility is to keep an open mind for learning, always attend class and complete your work on time.

You are responsible for your own grade. It is not the duty of the instructor to keep your scholarship, funding, or GPA.


Academic Dishonesty

Teamwork is encouraged for the design portion of the class, but all software assignments are to be completed individually. Sharing homework files and giving aid to another student during an exam constitutes academic dishonesty. Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated and will be handled according to the Conduct of Students section of the Student Academic Regulations.

The following activities are considered to be violations of the academic dishonesty policy along with those listed in the university’s academic regulations :

  • Copying software assignments in whole or in part from other students (in past or current semesters)
  • Using/copying material from outside sources in a written assignment without proper citation
  • Completing clicker quizzes for other students

The following activities are not considered violations of the academic dishonesty policy in ME1720:

  • Working in groups to complete software and team assignments (no copying though)
  • Utilizing aspects of other teams’ designs in your team’s design
  • Using all course supplied material when completing software quizzes and exams

Violations of the academic policy will result in the following consequences:

  • Minimum: zero grade on assignment (and source assignment if copied)
  • Moderate: zero grade on software module or assignment group
  • Severe: zero grade for course, report to academic affairs
  • All cases of academic dishonesty will be forwarded to the office of Vice Provost of Undergraduate Studies

Title IX

Missouri University of Science and Technology is committed to the safety and well-being of all members of its community. US Federal Law Title IX states that no member of the university community shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, or be denied benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity. Furthermore, in accordance with Title IX guidelines from the US Office of Civil Rights, Missouri S&T requires that all faculty and staff members report, to the Missouri S&T Title IX Coordinator, any notice of sexual harassment, abuse, and/or violence (including personal relational abuse, relational/domestic violence, and stalking) disclosed through communication including but not limited to direct conversation, email, social media, classroom papers and homework exercises.

Missouri S&T’s Title IX Coordinator is Vice Chancellor Shenethia Manuel.  Contact her directly (; (573) 341-4920; 113 Centennial Hall) to report Title IX violations.  To learn more about Title IX resources and reporting options (confidential and non-confidential) available to Missouri S&T students, staff, and faculty, please visit

Classroom Egress Maps

Please familiarize yourself with the classroom egress maps posted at the above link.

Student Honor Code

Please familiarize yourself with the Honor Code posted at the above link.

Disability Support Services

If you have a documented disability and anticipate needing accommodations in this course, you are strongly encouraged to meet with your instructor early in the semester. You will need to request that the Disability Services staff send a letter to your instructor verifying your disability and specifying the accommodation you will need before accommodation can be arranged.

Additional Resources

LEAD Learning Assistance:

Burns & McDonnell Student Success Center:

Writing Center:

In Case of Problems

Please don’t hesitate to discuss any problems that arise during the semester with your instructors. If you experience inadequate conflict resolution from your instructors, please feel free to discuss your issues with the Associate Chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department:

Dr. J. Keith Nisbett
194 Toomey Hall
E-mail: nisbett . at . mst

Amendments to the ME 1720 Course Policy will be announced in class and posted on this page.

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