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SYST 495: SENIOR CAPSTONE DESIGN - SPRING 2012



DELIVERABLES SENIOR DESIGN SPRING 2012

Sustainable Oyster Aquaculture
    Design and Analysis of a Sustainable Oyster Aquaculture Business for the West and Rhode Rivers
    Awards: (1) Best Poster Award IEEE SEIEDS Conference - April 27 2012, & (2) Best Poster Award General Donald R. Keith Memorial Cadet Capstone Conference (USMA) - May 3, 2012

  • IEEE Paper
  • Video
  • Poster
  • Final Presentation
  • Final Report
Health Care Analytics
    Rx Decision: A Decision Support Tool for Choosing Prescription Drug Plans for Patients
    Awards: (1) Best Paper in the Decision Analysis and Support Track at the IEEE SEIEDS Conference - April 27 2012, & (2) Best Paper in the Decision Analysis and Support Track at the General Donald R. Keith Memorial Cadet Capstone Conference (USMA) - May 3, 2012

  • IEEE Paper
  • Video
  • Poster
  • Final Presentation
  • Final Report
Training and Evaluation for Time Sensitive Operations
    Assessment of Soccer Referee Proficiency in Time-Sensitive Decision-Making
    Awards: (1) Best Paper in the Modeling and Simulation Track at the IEEE SEIEDS Conference - April 27 2012, & (2) Best Paper in the Modeling and Simulation Track at the General Donald R. Keith Memorial Cadet Capstone Conference (USMA) - May 3, 2012

  • IEEE Paper
  • Video
  • Poster
  • Final Presentation
  • Final Report
Greenhouse Gas/Carbon Neutral Airport
Enterprise Modeling
Space Exploitation/Lunar Habitat


Senior Design Class 2012
SIEDS 2012 - Best Senior Design Class Ever
SIEDS 2012 - Best Senior Design Class Ever
SIEDS 2012 - DS-TSO
SIEDS 2012 - DS-TSO
SIEDS 2012 - Oyster Aquaculture
SIEDS 2012 - HCA
SIEDS 2012 - Oyster Aquaculture

SYLLABUS

August, 2011

Second semester of a two semester capstone course in Systems Engineering program. Students apply knowledge they have gained to a complex real-world problem in a group project. During the first semester, students perform concept definition and requirements analysis. A Project Plan for carrying out the project is developed, culminating in a proposal presented to faculty at end of semester. During the second semester, the students complete a trade-off/ sensitivity analysis using a simulation and make recommendations to their sponsor

Course Objectives:

  • Provide students the opportunity to apply and synthesize knowledge and skills they have gained in the SEOR program to real-world problems
  • Prepare students for the professional environment.

Learning Outcomes
After successfully completing the course, students will be have demonstrated:

  • Project Planning
  • Budgeting
  • Problem Identification and Definition
  • Requirements Elicitation, Requirements Definition
  • Value Hierarchy/Utility Theory
  • Simulation
  • Modeling
  • Design of Experiments
  • Data Analysis
  • Testing, Verification and Validation
  • Problem Solving
  • Team Building
  • Communication
  • Technical Report and Proposal Writing
  • Poster Preparation
  • Conference Paper Preparation
  • Time Cards and Weekly Accomplishment Summaries
  • Professionalism under adversity

Instructor:  Dr. Lance Sherry 
Contact Info: lsherry@gmu.edu,  703-993-1711
Class Location:  Innovation Hall Room 134 (Lab: Engineering Building, Room 2211)
Class Day: Monday and Wednesdays Noon - 1:15pm
Office Hours:  Wednesdays 1:15-3:00pm or by appointment

Textbook: Rescuing Prometheus: Four Monumental Projects That Changed the Modern World (Hughes) ISBN-13: 978-0679739388
"PROGRESS is any action that takes you one step closer to YOUR GOAL. Do you know what YOUR GOAL is?"

Week Date Course Plan and Handouts Homework
1 01/23 Course Overview
Final Exam Solutions for Q1
System Engineering Design and (Tradeoff) Analysis for Complex, Adpative Systems: A Process and Deliverable Map
Framework: Context, Stakeholder, Needs Analysis

01/25 Customer Meeting/Research (No lecture) Reading Assignment: "A Skepticís Guide to Computer Models"
2
01/30 A Skepticís Guide to Computer Models Time Sheets Due
Weekly Accomplishment Summary Due
02/01 A Skepticís Guide to Computer Models

3 02/06 Customer Meeting/Research (No lecture) Time Sheets Due
Weekly Accomplishment Summary Due
02/08 Customer Meeting/Research (No lecture)
4 02/13 Project Briefing - Simulation/Analysis, Design of Experimnent, Results #1 Time Sheets Due Time Sheet
Weekly Accomplishment Summary Due Weekly Accomplishment Summary
02/15 Project Briefing - Simulation/Analysis, Design of Experimnent, Results #2
5 02/20 Project Briefing - Simulation/Analysis, Design of Experimnent, Results #3 Time Sheets Due
Weekly Accomplishment Summary Due
02/22 Project Briefing - Simulation/Analysis, Design of Experimnent, Results #4

6 02/27 Project Briefing - Simulation/Analysis, Design of Experimnent, Results #5 Time Sheets Due
Weekly Accomplishment Summary Due
02/29 Project Briefing - Simulation/Analysis, Design of Experimnent, Results #6
7 3/5
Customer Meeting/Research (No lecture)
Time Sheets Due
Weekly Accomplishment Summary Due
3/7 Mid-term Exam (Rescuing Prometheus, Senior Design Projectes, Fundamentals of Engineering, Systems Thinking)
8 3/12 Spring Break IEEE Paper Version 2 Due
360 Degree Evaluation
3/14 Spring Break
9 3/19 Project Briefing - Results, Sensitivity Analysis #1, 2 Time Sheets Due
Weekly Accomplishment Summary Due
3/21 Project Briefing - Results, Sensitivity Analysis #3, 4
10 3/26 Project Briefing - Results, Sensitivity Analysis #5, 6 Time Sheets Due
Weekly Accomplishment Summary Due
3/28 Project Briefing - Dry Run Final Presentation #1
11 4/2 Project Briefing - Dry Run Final Presentation #2 Time Sheets Due
Weekly Accomplishment Summary Due
4/4 Project Briefing - Dry Run Final Presentation #3
12 4/9 Project Briefing - Dry Run Final Presentation #4 Time Sheets Due
Weekly Accomplishment Summary Due
4/11 Project Briefing - Dry Run Final Presentation #5
13 4/16 Project Briefing - Dry Run Final Presentation #6 Time Sheets Due
Weekly Accomplishment Summary Due
4/18

Fri 4/20
Customer Meeting/Research (No lecture)

Faculty Presentations

14 4/23 Customer Meeting/Research (No lecture) Time Sheets Due
Weekly Accomplishment Summary Due
Submit one hard-copy and an electronic copy of each:
1 - Final Report
2 - Final Report Slides
3 - Final Conference Paper
4 - Final Poster
5 - 10 Minute YouTube Video
4/25 Written Final Exam
Topics: SED&TA Process, Describe Class Projects, Systems Thinking Problems, Fundamental Engineering Principles (used in class projects)
ESG
Final Exam Solutions for Q1
15 Fri 4/27 SIEDS Conference - Charlottsville, VA (On campus of UVA)


Mon 4/30
Wed 5/2
No class
Senior Banquet (Georges - JC 4th Floor)

16 Thurs 5/3 General Donald R. Keith Memorial Cadet Capstone Conference (On Campus of U.S. Military Academy, Westpoint, NY) Bus leaves Noon on Wed 5/2. Bus returns by 2pm on Friday 5/4


* Dates all tentative, subject to change without notice.

Important Dates & Links:
  1. SIEDS Conference April 27, 2012
  2. SIEDS Abstracts due Feb 13 (*Abstract must be approved by Instructor prior to submittal), March tbd Notification, April 3 Completed Manuscript (*Paper must be approved by Instructor prior to submittal)
  3. General Donald R. Keith Memorial Cadet Capstone Conference May 3 (7:30am), 2012
  4. General Donald R. Keith Memorial Cadet Capstone Conference Registration before April 6(*Papers must be approved by Instructor prior to submittal)
Deliverables:
  1. Individual Time Cards (hard copy due Monday before class)
  2. Individual Accomplishment Summary (hard copy due Monday before class) [Accomplishments, Issues, Plans for Next Week]
  3. 360 degree team evaluations
  4. SIEDS Conference Paper; (2/6)
  5. Briefings (paper copy due in class prior to briefing)
  6. Final Presentation (4/23)
  7. Final Report (4/23)
  8. Final Conference Paper (4/23)
  9. Final Poster (4/23)
  10. Final YouTube Video (4/23)
Content of Briefings and Reports
  • Project Briefing #1: Context, Stakeholder Analysis, Problem Statement, Proposed Solutions, Method Analysis/Simulation, Design of Experiment, Project Plan/Budget
  • Project Briefing #2: Method Analysis/Simulation, Design of Experiment, Sensitivity Analysis
  • Dry Run: Context, Stakeholder Analysis, Problem Statement, Proposed Solution, Method Analysis/Simulation, Design of Experiment, Results, Sensitivity Analysis Project Plan/Budget

Template

Senior Design Poster Template
IEEE Conference Paper Senior Design Template

Grades:
  • Quizzes 10%
  • Mid-term Exam 10%
  • Final Exam 10%
  • Deliverables (8) 60%
  • Professionalism 10%
Deliverables handed in late by the next class will be penalized 50%. Deliverables handed in after that will receive 0%. No exceptions.

Grading Scale:
  • A    93%    Exceptional in all respects
  • A-    90%    Excellent, shows clear understanding of concepts and application of ideas
  • B+    88%    Very good, shows basic understanding of concepts and application of ideas
  • B    83%    Good, shows acceptable understanding, baseline for undergraduate work
  • B-    80%    Adequate, shows acceptable understanding, but with deficiencies
  • C+    78%    Weak, but minimally meets requirements
  • C    70%    Very weak, but minimally meets requirements
  • D    60%    Misses several requirements, but not to the point of being considered failing
All grades are final
Academic Honesty:
Honor Code strictly enforced.
Suspected violations will be reported


System Engineers need experience in a wide-range of subjects. One way to get experience is live a long time and work on many projects. A short-cut is to READ. Here are a list of books recommended for System Engineers that include topics we will discuss in class.
THE SOUL OF A NEW MACHINE (Tracy Kidder)
ANGLE OF ATTACK: Harrison Storms and the Race to the Moon (Mike Gray)
OUTLIERS: THE STORY OF SUCCESS (Malcolm Gladwell)
THE TIPPING POINT: HOW LITTLE THINGS MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE (Malcolm Gladwell)
WHAT THE DOG SAW (Malcolm Gladwell)
CHAOS (James Gleick)
THE DESIGN OF EVERYDAY THINGS (Don Norman)
LIVING WITH COMPLEXITY (Don Norman)
AUGUSTINES LAWS (Norm Augustine)
TERMINAL CHAOS (George Donohue)
THE CHECKLIST MANIFESTO (Atul Gawande)
BETTER: A SURGEONS NOTES ON PERFORMANCE (Atul Gawande)