This is a year 2 project module taken by students from these 5 diplomas:
1. Diploma of Electrical & Electronic Engineering (DEEE)
2. Diploma in Aerospace Electronics (DASE)
3. Diploma in Computer Engineering (DCPE)
4. Diploma in Energy Systems and Management (DESM) and
5. Diploma in Mechatronics & Robotics (DMRO) – offered by School of MAE
A variant of the module, ET1216 - Engineering Design & Business Project II, is taken by students from the Diploma in Engineering with Business (DEB).
In the lectures, students learn key microcontroller concepts such as input/output device interfacing, analogue-to-digital conversion, timers, interrupts, serial ports. The microcontroller used is Microchip’s PIC18F4550 – popular in the industry. C programming language is used.
In the practical lessons, students reinforce the concepts learnt, through a series of lab experiments.
Students also apply their knowledge and skills through a team project based on the C-D-I-O pedagogy. Design Thinking is used in the C & D steps. Students present their project ideas at the end of the first term for critique.
In the second term, students implement their projects – fabricating hardware, writing programs, and building “models” to house their prototypes. After all the testing & troubleshooting, students do a “show and tell”. Such experience help to polish their communication skills. The best projects are entered into a “Design Contest”, where projects are ranked according to 3 criteria: Good Idea (creativity), Can Do (technical skills) and Can Sell (presentation skills). So far, 14 rounds of Design Contest have been organised.
The following are some photos captured during a recent Design Contest in which students are pitching their projects to the judging panels.
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