This page summarizes information for students enrolled in, or who are considering taking, SE 410 (Component Design) at UIUC during Fall 2020. This semester, SE 410 will be conducted entirely online. A detailed syllabus will be provided to students enrolled in SE 410.
Instructor: Prof. James T. Allison, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://systemdesign.illinois.edu/
Catalog Description: Design of basic engineering components: structural members, machine parts, and connections. Principles applied include: material failure (yield, fracture, fatigue); buckling and other instabilities; design reliability; analytical simulation. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours. This course is an approved Design Elective in the SE Undergraduate curriculum. Prerequisite: SE 311 and SE 320.
- All lectures will be online (combination of synchronous and asynchronous). No in-person lectures will be held Fall 2020.
- Scheduled office hours will be conducted remotely. Both open office hours and individual/small group meetings by appointment with the instructor will be available to students.
- If a TA is assigned to the course, then the TA will hold additional office hours as a resource to students.
- Scheduled lecture periods: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 1:00-1:50 pm
- These scheduled time periods will be used in three different ways: 1) synchronous virtual lectures (typically Mondays), 2) open office hours with the instructor (typically Wednesdays), and 3) individual time allocated for watching asynchronous (prerecorded) lectures (typically Fridays).
- Adjustments will need to be made during some weeks to accommodate holidays, exams, or other events.
- Synchronous lectures: Once per week (typically Mondays 1 pm)
- Designed to be highly interactive (e.g., work through examples in breakout groups, review and discuss material from assigned asynchronous lectures)
- Except for the first day of class, students are expected to complete assigned reading and pre-recorded video lectures
- At the beginning of lecture, students will need to complete a short real-time quiz based on the assigned reading and pre-recorded lectures
- Participation in synchronous lectures will be a component of the ‘class participation’ part of the overall course grade.
- Synchronous lectures will be recorded and made available to students, but not the general public.
- Asynchronous lectures: Students will need to watch multiple lecture videos on their own time each week.
- All pre-recorded lectures will be clearly organized on the course website (see below), including links to the associated videos, and the date by which students need to have watched each set of videos.
- Some lectures will be made available publicly, including some that are currently available on the instructor’s YouTube channel.
- The remaining lectures will be available only to enrolled students using their UIUC netid login.
- Semester Projects: SE 410 involves two semester projects:
- A group design project focused on automotive suspension system design, providing students with an opportunity to apply knowledge learned in class to a practical engineering design problem, including the need to account for interactions between multiple elements in a system design problem, as well as detailed engineering calculations needed to support effective design decisions.
- An individual ‘design application’ project defined by each student, providing an opportunity for students to learn in more depth about a mechanical or structural design application of interest to them, and to develop some practical intuition for the application to complement analytical knowledge obtained through other class activities.
- Exams: Three midterm exams will be given. These will be a combination of standard quantitative design or analysis problems (similar to homework), as well as short-answer questions designed to assess the depth of student conceptual understanding of course topics. The group design project serves the role of integrative design assessment, and takes the place of a final exam.
Online Course Resources:
- Please note that to access the course webpage, you must be added by the instructor. Please do not search for the SE 410 Canvas page and attempt to add yourself. If you are enrolled and have not received a Canvas invitation, please email the instructor (email@example.com).
- Shigley's Mechanical Engineering Design, Budynas and Nisbett (Ninth, Tenth, or Eleventh Edition will work). ) Link to publisher’s page for book.
- Structural Steel Design, McCormac and Csernak (Fifth or Sixth Edition). Link to publisher’s page for book.
- Instructor Course Notes: Supplementary notes provided by the instructor, including complementary explanations of topics, design applications, notes on design strategies, and semester group project information.
Optional Recommended Texts:
- Machinery's Handbook (29th or 30th edition, Oberg, Jones, Ryffel, McCauley, and Heald)
- AISC Manual of Steel Construction (14th edition, American Institute of Steel Construction)
Notes on Prerequisites and Learning Resources:
- SE 410 has two course prerequisites: SE 311 (Engineering Design Analysis) and SE 320 (Control Systems).
- It is imperative that students enrolled in SE 410 have already completed SE 311. If you have not, you will need to take SE 410 at a later date. The quiz for the first week of course material will include topics from the end of SE 311. Students will not be able to ‘catch up’ on SE 311 material rapidly enough to keep pace with SE 410 lectures.
- Some material in SE 410 builds on dynamic systems material that is covered in SE 320, as well as general knowledge of feedback control.
- A prerequisite for SE 320 is CS 101 or another introductory programming course. It is expected that students in SE 410 have basic programming skills. Some homework and project assignments will involve MATLAB programming. The first homework assignment requires students to complete the MATLAB ‘onramp’ training (available here). Students can complete this activity ahead of time and save their certificate for their homework 1 submission.
Notes on Adjustments for Online Delivery:
- In previous years, SE 410 has often incorporated a range of hands-on activities, including:
- In-class application demonstrations, such as structural tests, experimental testing of various roller bearings, in-class disassembly of an automotive automatic transmission,
- Tactile learning opportunities, such as gear system operation and involute gear geometry, and
- Field trips, including a trip to the UIUC Engineering Student Project Laboratory to meet with SAE Mini Baja, Formula, and other project teams to learn about both practical and analytical elements of their mechanical/structural design activities, as well as a trip to the Newmark Civil Engineering Laboratory, where students observe physical experiments for structural dynamics, fatigue, and learn about testing equipment and procedures for large-scale structures.
- During Fall 2020, whole-class in-person activities such as the above will not be possible. The instructor has worked to meet the same learning objectives (namely, developing practical intuition and systems thinking for real applications to complement analytical topics learned in lecture), while working with the constraints of online, possibly remote, course delivery. Examples of adaptations include:
- Recording of select physical demonstrations, and discussion of these demonstrations in synchronous lectures.
- Introduction of an ‘individual application project’, described briefly above. This could, for example, help replicate the field trip experiences from previous years, but in a safe, socially-distanced way. This project has significant flexibility to accommodate varying student circumstances, and is not intended to be especially time consuming. The primary deliverable will be a short report, which could be in either written or video format.