Catalogue 2020 - 2021

CPE 436 Project Research, Innovation and Development


2 cr.


Senior standing.

Course Description

This course is designed to enable students to select and get started on the year-long senior project. Students are guided in formulating a proposal for a Senior Design Project in preparation for project completion in CPE 440. Faculty and representatives from industry present ideas for Senior Design Projects and each student chooses a project, and develops and writes a project proposal with the supervision and guidance of a faculty advisor. In the process of completing this course, students learn about the product development process - they learn about researching the problem being addressed, how to innovate and develop products. Students will also learn about needs analysis, identifying business opportunities and assessing market potential. The assessment in this course is based primarily on measurements related to making progress towards project completion. This includes maintaining a log book, submitting brief reports and making a presentation at the end of the semester that documents the project status. Additionally, short papers on some of the issues discussed in presentations will also be graded and counted to the final grade