Professor Joseph Picone
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Mississippi State University

phone/fax: 662-325-3149; office: 413 Simrall

CPE Senior Design II is a continuation of the capstone design experience for undergraduate computer engineers. In this portion of the course, students will be expected to fabricate their design, test and evaluate the design against their design specifications, and demonstrate a fully functional project to their design review committee.

The course objectives are as follows:
  1. explain the difference between a team and a workgroup

  2. list characteristics of successful teams

  3. distinguish five modes of handling team conflicts and how they may be useful or harmful

  4. list characteristics of effective leaders

  5. identity key reasons why projects fail or succeed

  6. write a team charter

  7. implement ground rules for effective meetings and demonstrate their use

  8. explain the motivation for using standards

  9. classify the cost components in a design and project a realistic price to the customer

  10. optimize a design for sustainability

  11. present a professional presentation with strong technical content and audience interaction

  12. execute efficient and effective team meeting and maintain meeting minutes

  13. interact efficiently and effectively with faculty advisor

  14. formulate a defensible design approach

  15. evaluate, design, and optimize custom hardware and software individually and as a team

  16. create an objective, testable design specification

  17. create and follow a test plan leading to a functional design

  18. write a professional project report

  19. design and create a project poster

  20. create a professional team Web site

  21. apply critical path scheduling

  22. apply entrepreneurial thinking in the context of a design project

  23. create a business plan

  24. apply ethical reasoning Questions or comments about the material presented here can be directed to