A Guide to Engineering Design Methodologies and Technical Presentation


Kral Abdulaziz Üniversitesi Bilimsel Yayınlar Merkezi, Cidde, 2008

  • Publication Type: Book / Research Book
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Publisher: Kral Abdulaziz Üniversitesi Bilimsel Yayınlar Merkezi
  • City: Cidde


Knowledge is a virtue respected by everybody. People normally call each other by honorary words related to the knowledge. The strength of individuals, societies and nations are evaluated according to the level of knowledge that they acquire. Engineers lay scientific knowledge into practical uses called the engineering design. There are some guidelines followed by most successful engineers that can be points of reference for the novels. The curricula for the engineering programs contain capstone design projects as a graduation requirement. The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department initiated lectures/seminars on “Engineering Design Methodologies and Technical Presentation” to guide the senior project students in their design works. When I was asked to take the responsibility of conducting lectures, I spent a considerable amount of time in sorting out the material that would be beneficial to our young engineers in performing their design works, and they would also keep it as a reference for future. Hence, the book contains a summary of procedures that are written in the form of "to do lists". Students can develop their senior projects in parallel with the lectures and apply the ideas and actions taught immediately. The Faculty of Engineering crossed a historic milestone in September 2003; all 12 programs administered by the Faculty were granted substantial equivalency by ABET. Concurrently, a new curriculum commenced in which two new courses have been introduced at low level to introduce the design concepts to the students at early stages; IE 201 Engineering Design I that deals with introduction of modern design tools and methodologies and IE 202 Engineering Design II that deals with formulation of an engineering problem. My lecture notes coincided with these activities. I thought that within the four years period the need for EE 499 seminars would diminish since students have been prepared for the design methodologies at early stages by these courses. This didn’t materialize and lectures given as components of EE 499 still keep their significance. Engineering design has been the bottleneck in the ABET accreditation. Interim reports were sent to ABET and progress was found satisfactory with some concerns in engineering design. You are heading for new accreditation at 2009 according to EC2000 criteria that is more elaborate in the design aspects than the previous conventional criteria. There have been many activities at various levels in the Faculty to improve XE 499 senior project courses in all departments. XE 499 Senior Project report writing guidelines were requested by the Faculty Administration. I prepared them with considerable contributions from my esteemed colleagues from ECE and from other departments in the Faculty. The guidelines were approved by the Faculty Council and distributed to all engineering departments for implementation. Meanwhile, the senior project committee in the ECE Department prepared monitoring guidelines and a model timetable for EE 499 students. Lecture notes for EE 499 have been revised with improved contents to meet the challenges of EC2000 and converted into a book. Chapter 1 provides an overview of engineering design methodologies while chapter 2 focuses on the capstone design project course. Chapter 3 describes the selection and defining the design problem. Chapter 4 discusses the background search including the literature survey, studying the concurrent design examples and observing the design problem at its original site of occurrence. Chapter 5 addresses the analysis and synthesis of the problem. Chapter 6 deals with the evaluation of the design and related measurement, data processing and modeling issues. Chapters 7, 8 and 9 are for documenting the design, organizing the project report and orally presenting the technical work respectively. Chapter 10 deals with safety in engineering environment. Chapter 11 introduces and discusses some of the issues related to engineering ethics from a Muslim engineer point of view. Chapter 12 deals with self presentation skills including resumé writing and managing interviews. Most chapters contain examples and sample problems for the assignments in the course, supplemented by previous design examples. The information provided in the book is all-purpose and can be used by any engineering specialization. Each chapter is covered in one sitting of about 70 minutes in the ECE Department. The lectures are given in seminar style with some active learning exercises, quizzes and drills. I carry out process checks in many lectures and an exit survey at the end of the term. I have seen that our students are responsive. The critics help me a lot in improving my lecture notes. I would like to express my goodwill for all my students and express my appreciations for those who criticize me, my way of instruction, power point slides and my lecture notes. I would like to express my gratitude to my colleagues who worked with me in preparing some of the material; especially Dr. Osman Taylan in Industrial Engineering, Dr. Nedim Turkmen in Thermal Engineering, Dr. Haitham Bogis in Production Engineering and Dr. Soliman Ali in the English Language Center. Previous and current chairmen of the ECE Department, Dr. Abdulaziz Uthman Al-Abdulaziz and Prof. Dr. Rabah Aldhaheri have been very cooperative and encouraging; I always value their contributions. Finally, I would like express my sincere appreciations to Mr. Mahmoud Saeed of the Scientific Publishing Centre for his serious review of the manuscript. May Allah Almighty enables us to accomplish what pleases Him, and may He dear us, endear us and gratify us. And He is the Knower of intentions.