Project Planning and Engineering Design
Students finishing this course will have
improved teamwork skills, will
gain experience with the engineering design process, and will
develop a plan for their
senior design project for the following semester.
Instructors and Office Hours:
Richard J. Kozick
Office: Room 220 Dana
Phone: (570) 577-1129
FAX: (570) 577-1822
Office hour schedule for Prof. Kozick is
Monday 1-2 PM, Thursday 10-11 AM, Friday 1-2 PM.
Other times can be arranged -- call or send email.
(Refer to the
course home page for the most up-to-date office hours)
Office: Room 346 Dana
Phone: (570) 577-1234
FAX: (570) 577-1822
Monday and Wednesday, 10:00 - 10:52 AM, in Dana 103.
The Friday meetings will be optional in most cases,
or we may announce a special activity for some Friday meetings.
The meeting on the first Friday, August 31, is optional.
Senior status in electrical engineering.
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into
Values, Robert M. Pirsig, Bantam Books,
Reissue edition, April 1, 1984.
The Soul of a New Machine,
Tracy Kidder, Back Bay Books, June 2000.
Course Home Page:
The home page for the ELEC 400 course is located at the URL
It can also be accessed by following the link from
Professor Kozick's home page at
The course home page contains the syllabus,
homework assignments, class notes, and other useful information.
Team projects (oral & written reports) 60%
Quizzes and class participation 20%
This course, along with ELEC 480 (Control Systems), will
build your skills for effective participation in a team.
Your grade will be
determined based on your individual performance as well as
your peformance of your team.
You will have opportunities to evaluate the performance of
A sample peer evaluation form
is available on the course web page under
The members of each team are listed on the course home page
under Class Notes.
Short quizzes (announced or unannounced) will be given
regularly in class.
There will be no hour-long exams or final exam.
The following is a tentative list of topics for the course.
- How to make teams function effectively
- The engineering design process, with several team projects
- Project planning, organization, and scheduling
- Develop a plan for design projects in the spring
- Discuss broader "human" aspects of engineering, through reading
the two books and watching several relevant movies
At the conclusion of the course, students will be able to
apply formal teamwork principles to monitor team functioning and
correct team operation as needed.
produce a design strategy for an open-ended problem, with results
documented in well-organized written and oral presentations.
(a, c, e, g, k, l)
develop a written proposal that contains a clear plan for the
spring semester senior design project.
evaluate the feasibility of a technical proposal.
apply relevant aspects of professional codes of ethics
when considering possible alternative decisions or solutions.
describe how "analytical" and "artistic" persons in society relate
to each other and complement one another.