Design Document Check
The Design Document Check (DDC) is intended to aid your team as it prepares its Design Document. The DDC focuses narrowly upon providing feedback on the preparation of historically problematic Design Document elements. If these elements fall short during your Design Review the following week, precious time is lost - to your detriment.
The DDC provides feedback on your preparation of the following Design Document elements:
- Introduction/High-level Requirements
- Block Diagram
- Physical Design (if applicable)
- Requirements & Verification Tables
- Circuit Schematics
- Safety & Ethics
During the DDC, your team will have 5 minutes to present an example of each of these elements. Expect to share the 30-minute DDC session with two other design teams. Come prepared to learn from their work - both the good and bad.
Your task is to prepare and upload the above elements in a single PDF document to the course website. During your DDC session, you will present directly from your submission, which will be projected for all to see.
The focus of the DDC is not on the details of your design but rather on the details of your formatting; the design of your project will be covered in-depth during the Design Review. Organize your submission in accordance with the Design Document guidance and the example Design Document.
The course staff will focus on providing feedback on the format of your sample DDC elements – the very limited available time will not afford detailed feedback on your design.
Requirements and Grading
Upload your DDC submission to your project page on PACE (i.e. ECE 445 web board) before arriving at your DDC session.
As in your Design Document, number pages after the title page in your DDC submission.
Any material obtained from websites, books, journal articles, or other sources not originally generated by the project team must be appropriately attributed with properly cited sources in a standardized style such as IEEE, ACM, APA, or MLA.
The course staff at the DDC will assign individual grades to each student based on:
- Uploaded DDC (.pdf) submission (before your DDC session)
- DDC session participation (including your own group’s presentation as well as paying attention to other groups’ presentations)
Submission and Deadlines
Sign-up for the Design Document Check on the ECE 445 course website – specifically at the Sign up for Team Presentation item on the PACE tab. Sign-up will open the Monday one week prior to the DDCs.
Upload your DDC submission (.pdf format) to the ECE 445 course website before your DDC session – specifically at the My Project item on the PACE tab.
While you will not complete peer reviews during the DDC, you are expected to actively contribute to the discussion.