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97.497 is a full credit (8 month) course that is a core requirement for all engineering students. Many different projects are offered through faculty members, and this year's robotics course will be available to 24 fourth-year engineering students. Students will be accepted into the course based on the quality and enthusiasm of a written proposal.
The course is a major project in engineering analysis, design, development and research carried out by small teams of students. The objective is to provide an opportunity to develop initiative, self-reliance, creative ability and engineering judgement. A project proposal, several interim reports, an oral presentation, a technical demonstration, and a comprehensive final report are required. Students are expected to commit more than 200 hours to the fourth-year design project.
The focus of this fourth year project is partly academic and partly showmanship. There will be several opportunities for the teams to "show off" their robots in mini-competitions during various stages of robot completion. Publishing information about the robots and the competition is also important - each team will maintain a detailed webpage.
Each student accepted into the robotics fourth-year project will be expected to contribute an equal amount of work to the design and construction of the robots. To ensure that the work is evenly distributed, each student must maintain an engineering notebook.
The notebook must be bound, so pages can't be removed or added, and each entry should be dated and entered consecutively. The journal should summarize the work performed what do on a daily basis, and will be a method of recording each student's contributions to the project.
The journal should include:
The course advisors will ask to review the journals periodically.
Each team must maintain a group webpage that outlines the team's progress. These webpages will be linked from the course webpage, and should detail the progress of the group.
The webpage should outline:
The final reports from the group members should be made available through the webpage. Technical information should probably be withheld until after the competition.
Milestones and Deadlines:
Including the Department of Electronics' outline, the following milestones outline the requirements for the 97.497 course. The associated mark is listed in the table, as well as the preliminary dates.
Remember that team-members must all be involved in all group decisions. No one person is responsible for the group meeting a deadline.