University of California, Santa Barbara
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering


Capstone Electrical Engineering Design Projects

ECE 188A/B: 20102011

Instructor: Dr. Ilan Ben-Yaacov

188A Schedule: Mon/Wed 2:00-3:15pm, PHELPS 1431

188B Schedule: Mon/Wed 2:00-3:15pm, PHELPS 1431



View the 2010-2011 Posters:

  SwitchStat Poster


  IRIS Poster


Visit the 2010-2011 Capstone Presentation Day Webpage click here



*   9/23/10: Welcome to the EE Capstone Project course!




*   188B Syllabus / Schedule (Spring 2011)

*   188A Syllabus / Schedule (Fall 2010)

*   188A Benchmarks/Deadlines: Descriptions and Due Dates (Fall 2010)

*   Sample Gantt Chart

*   Link to Gantt Chart Template (Google Spreadsheet)

*   ARTICLE: The Worst Way to Start a Presentation


*Poster Design Instructions

*PowerPoint-to-PDF Conversion (Posters)

*Example Poster (PPT)

*Example Poster (PDF)



Syllabus (click here for 188B syllabus/schedule in .pdf format)


Course Description and Objectives:

In this course, students work in teams under the direction of a faculty advisor to tackle a challenging engineering design project. Engineering communication such as reports and oral presentations are covered. The course emphasizes practical, hands-on experience, and integrates analytical and design skills. Students will develop skills in design problem solving, creative thinking, project planning, and teamwork, as well as developing technical and practical skills in the particular area(s) of research covered by their project.


188A Topics/Tasks Covered:

- Development of a Project Plan: Gantt Charts

- Development of Concepts and Designs

- Design Research and Development

- Prototyping

- Design Testing, Analysis, and Evaluation

- Engineering Reporting: Design Reviews, Presentations, and Technical Reports

- Engineering Project Management

- Intellectual Property


188B Topics/Tasks Covered:

-  Finalizing Product Design

-  Product Assembly and Implementation

-  Product Ownership: Know-How and Intellectual Property

-  Product Presentation and Demonstration


Course Format:

In ECE 188, students design, build, and present a challenging engineering design project. ECE 188A primarily focuses on the initial design and development stage.  After choosing a project, each group will begin researching the critical elements of their project, develop a preliminary project plan with a set of preliminary design specifications, and give a short preliminary presentation to the class describing their projects.  Students then continue to refine their plan and begin prototyping and design testing.  At the end of the quarter, each group will finalize their project plan and product design specifications, and give a 30 minute presentation detailing the (1) Project Plan, (2) Product Design Specifications, (3) Budget, (4) Prototyping and Testing, and (5) Division of Labor (individual responsibilities).

In ECE 188B, the final quarter of the sequence, students finalize their designs and product specifications, and then assemble, present, and demo their products. Final products will be evaluated based on the final specifications that were set out for the product.


Grades in ECE 188A will be assigned approximately as follows:

- Project Plan / Design Specifications: 25% of Fall grade

- Prototyping and Testing: 15% of Fall grade

- Final Presentations: 40% of Fall grade

- Lab Notebook: 10% of Fall grade

- Individual Contribution: 10% of Fall grade


Grades in ECE 188B will be assigned approximately as follows:

- Winter Quarter Updates/Demos: 25% of Spring grade

- Final Project Design/Specs: 10% of Spring grade

- Final Presentations/Demonstrations/Reports: 55% of Spring grade

- Individual Contribution: 10% of Spring grade




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