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Unformatted text preview: Session S2B 0-7803-7961-6/03/$17.00 2003 IEEE November 5-8, 2003, Boulder, CO 33 rd ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference S2B-12 THE CAPSTONE SENIOR DESIGN COURSE: AN INITIATIVE IN PARTNERING WITH INDUSTRY Ken Christensen 1 and Dewey Rundus 2 1 Ken Christensen, University of South Florida, 4202 East Fowler Avenue, ENB 118, Tampa, FL 33620 [email protected] 2 Dewey Rundus, University of South Florida, 4202 East Fowler Avenue, ENB 118, Tampa, FL 33620 [email protected] Abstract In the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of South Florida, we use the required capstone senior design course to help students make the transition from student to industry professional. The course also plays a key role in achieving departmental ABET EC 2000 outcomes. We have partnered with local industry to bring non-proprietary, real-world hardware and software projects to our students. Industry partners contribute projects, mentor students, and give guest lectures. Students work in teams and have milestones and schedules. Project duration is one semester. Final presentations include a project demonstration, user documentation, press release, and poster. We find that our students perform very well when presented with a project that someone at the end truly cares about and will use. Evaluation results show that students see this as a very valuable course in the curriculum for preparing them for industry careers. Index Terms Capstone, senior design, industry projects INTRODUCTION The capstone design course is a traditional part of most engineering curriculums. A capstone design course allows senior-level students to integrate their engineering knowledge and produce a useful engineering artifact. The capstone design course serves as a final preparation for students entering into industry. Increasingly, industry is emphasizing the need for graduates to have both technical skills and soft skills. Soft skills include the ability to work in teams, participate in project planning and scheduling, give presentations, and be able to deal with uncertainties in a professional manner. There are many possible models for a capstone design course. They include having students select their own individual projects, assigning projects to individuals or groups of students, and having industry participation. Industry participation appears to be a growing trend, and we are part of this trend in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of South Florida [2]. There are several models for industry participation in a senior capstone project. Some colleges use student selected or faculty assigned projects that are then judged by an industry panel at project completion. Student selection of a project can be entirely unconstrained, or can require the students to target their projects for a given platform or development kit. Historically, senior project courses were based on individually completed projects, but the trend...
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This note was uploaded on 07/31/2011 for the course CIS 4910 taught by Professor Christen during the Spring '11 term at University of South Florida.

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