Introduction to Engineering
Initial Design Review
Draft an initial guiding document that will help you in the progress of completing your
final project. Give this a good deal of thought, as the better defined the tasks, the more
likely you will be able to come to an endpoint with a reasonable level of effort. You may
for instance want to do some initial research before starting on drafting the document to
make sure that the problem is well defined and that you understand how it has been
addressed in other contexts.
Problem Statement – Describe the need and definition of the problem to be
solved. Be sure to provide some historical context and where relevant, a
description of how it’s been addressed elsewhere.
List of Tasks / Milestones – Consider carefully what you hope to accomplish on
the final project between now and the end of the term. Determine the road map
between here and there and to the extent possible, generate a list of project
milestones and tasks and subtasks associated with those milestones. This list of
milestones and tasks could be a point-list, but each item may require some
Somebody will likely need to take primary responsibility for generating a draft of the
document after you’ve reached consensus on an approach. Then you should circulate that
document and retrieve and respond to comments from other group members. This
document will be discussed with the instructor during your lab session. Based on the
outcome of that discussion, you may find it necessary to make revisions.
This is a group project and you all share responsibility for the result. Unfortunately, it’s
not always possible to divide every task so that everybody takes on the same exact level
of effort. Please be respectful of your teammates and offer to take on more of other tasks
to even the load if you got off easy on the completion of this assignment.
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