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Last Updated: January 28 2014

EE 382 - Introduction to Design

Spring 2014 Schedule: TR 2:00pm-5:00pm in Workman 187
Instructors: Dr. Aly El-Osery
Office: Workman 207, Phone: 575-835-6432, email: elosery@ee.nmt.edu
Dr. Kevin Wedeward
Office: Workman 221, Phone: 575-835-5708, email: wedeward@ee.nmt.edu

Course Objectives

  1. Learn an approach to design, project management and team work.
  2. Learn to use spec sheets and design according to available components.
  3. Learn how to write technical documents and give presentations.
  4. Perform various case studies.
  5. Integrate skills learned and experiments used in previous courses into a creative design process.


This year you will have a choice between two projects

Project 1

Outdoor robot to remotely locate and identify RF beacon - Design an outdoor robot capable of navigating a given, unobstructed area to remotely locate a RF beacon that has an identifier encoded via Frequency-shift keying (FSK). Location of the beacon will be computed as longitude and latitude along with a metric of error, and the beacon's identity will be decoded. Details are in the Introductory Presentation

Project 2

An autonomous robot must locate and extinguish, without touching, four lit candles within 3 minutes. Rules to be followed are the same as the ones for the Fire Fighting Challenge by RoboRave.

Course Prerequisites

  • EE308 & EE308L (Microcontrollers)
  • EE321 & EE321L (Analog Electronics)
  • EE333 (Electricity and Magnetism)
  • EE341 (Continuous-Time Signals and Systems)
  • Declared electrical engineering as a major

Topic Prerequisites

  1. In-depth knowledge of microcontrollers.
  2. Analog and digital circuit design.
  3. Principles of linear time-invariant systems.
  4. Proficiency in C programming.


Students will
  1. work in teams,
  2. implement key aspects of a design process,
  3. design and build a prototype electronic system,
  4. conduct experiments to characterize and verify design,
  5. communicate aspects of the design process through oral presentations and written documents, and
  6. manage the design process.

Reference Texts

see resources page


Individual grades will be assigned; each student must participate in each graded-component of the course to pass the course.

Quad Chart Jan 21st
Statement of Work Feb 4th
Conceptual Design Review: Feb 13th
Midterm Functionality & Design: Mar 11th
Final Functionality & Design: Apr 29th
Final Presentation: May 1st
Final Report (including electronic version): May 6th