CEEN 4990: Senior Thesis

Catalog Entry (2012-2013):

4990 Senior Thesis(3) The capstone design course for the B.S. in computer engineering and electronics engineering. Requires the completion of a design project that demonstrates the ability to combine knowledge from individual courses in the program to complete a design task. Prereq: CEEN 4960.


No specific text is required.

Course Outcomes:

  1. Students can take an idea from the design to prototype level. (3, 4, 5, 6)
  2. Students can perform the required research necessary for product design and development (3, 4, 6, 7)
  3. Students can design relatively complex systems with elements of digital, analog telecommunications, microprocessors, microcontrollers, and other electronics and computer circuits. (5, 6, 7, 8)
  4. Students can construct and debug the prototype unit. (5, 6, 7, 8, 9defhi)
  5. Students can develop the required initialization, drivers and other required software in assembly and/or C/C++.(5, 6, 7, 9defhi)
  6. Students can provide cost analysis for a project. (10)
  7. Students can make a formal presentation of the developed project. (13)
  8. Students can generate engineering reports including the schematic, programs listing, and the required decoding logic. (15)

Course Topics:

  1. Project selection parameters
  2. Innovatively in design
  3. Design development stages
  4. Problem solving approaches
  5. Effective testing approaches
  6. Management issues in design
  7. Quality control issues
  8. Effective report and presentation techniques

Prepared by:

Hamid Sharif - February 2001