Request for Approval


The request for approval (RFA) is the very first step in successfully completing a senior design project. Once you are assigned a project, your team must submit an RFA through PACE under the My Project page. Once submitted, your project will be placed on the Web Board as a "Project Request" post, and you can also access this same post through the My Project page we used before.

Once you have submitted your RFA, the course staff will provide feedback on your idea (which will appear at the bottom of your project's page), or suggest changes in the scope of the project and ask you to re-submit an RFA. Based on your responses, your project will be approved, or in some cases, rejected. If your project is rejected, this does not mean failure! Your team just needs to resubmit an RFA that meets the expectations of the course staff. This can be done by repeating the above steps.

Once your project is approved, your team will be assigned a project number in the Projects list. Once all the projects are approved, you will also be assigned a dedicated Professor and TA. This would be the time to double check that all the information for your project in the My Project page is correct.

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Requirements and Grading

The RFA is worth 5 points, graded credit/no credit based on whether your RFA was submitted before the deadline. The RFA is submitted through PACE under the My Project page, and should include the following information:

Projects must be legal and ethical. They must have significant scope and complexity commensurate with the size of the team. This is, of course, a subjective assessment of the course staff. To gain some insight into this judgment, please browse projects from previous semesters. The project must involve the design of signficant systems (cannot just be integration).

Submission and Deadlines

The RFA submission deadline may be found on the Course Calendar.

Quick Tips and Helpful Hints

Posting: Some general project ideas that are fraught with pitfalls:

Logic Circuit Teaching Board

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Partners: Younas Abdul Salam, Andrzej Borzecki, David Lee

The proposal our group has is of creating a board that will be able to teach students about logic circuits hands on. The project will consist of a board and different pieces that represent gates. The board will be used to plug in the pieces and provide power to the internal circuitry of the pieces. The pieces will have a gate and LEDs inside, which will be used to represent the logic at the different terminals.

By plugging in and combining gates, students will be able to see the actual effect on logic from the different combinations that they make. To add to it, we will add a truth table that can be used to represent inputs and outputs required, for example, for a class project or challenge. The board will be able to read the truth table and determine whether the logic the student has created is correct.

This board can act as a great learning source for students to understand the working of logic circuits. It can be helpful in teaching logic design to students in high schools who are interested in pursuing a degree in Electrical Engineering.

Please comment on whether the project is good enough to be approved, and if there are any suggestions.

Thank you