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ELEN498 - Senior Seminar Design

Course Details

Course Code: ELEN498 Course ID: 4617 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This seminar is a senior-level course designed to allow the student to review, analyze and integrate the work the student has completed toward a degree in electrical engineering. The student will design an approved project that demonstrates mastery of their program of study in a meaningful culmination of their learning and to assess their level of mastery of the stated outcomes of their degree requirements. Prerequisite: Completion of a minimum of 110 hours towards your program. NOTE: This course requires the student to purchase additional materials that are not covered by the book grant. Please refer to the Course Materials section for additional details.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
07/27/21 - 12/31/21 01/03/22 - 04/24/22 Winter 2022 Session A 16 Week session

Current Syllabi

After completing the course, the student should be able to accomplish these Course Objectives (CO):
CO-1: Describe the engineering design process.
CO-2: Apply professional engineering ethics standards.
CO-3: Apply project management tools to an engineering project.
CO-4: Integrate engineering principles used throughout the Electrical Engineering curriculum to a design project.
CO-5: Apply the engineering problem solving process to a design project.
CO-6: Analyze engineering literature in researching an engineering project.
CO-7: Prepare effective communication material using technical data.

Instructor announcements: Weekly announcements will appear on Monday of each week in the online classroom. This announcement will also be e-mailed to each student. The announcement will discuss the assignments for the week along with any other pertinent information for the week.

This is an upper-level course; all students’ work is to be presented as such in terms of quality and content. The grading system will be based on your participation in the forums (20% of your total grade), assignments (20% of your grade), quizzes (20% of your total grade), a final exam (20% of your grade), and a project proposal (20% of your final grade).

Reading Assignments: Please refer to the Course Outline section of this syllabus for the weekly reading assignments.

Week 1 Introduction: Within 7 days of course start, each student must log into the classroom and introduce him- or herself to the class. This is a required assignment and your introduction is due by Sunday of Week 1. Your response must be 250 words (a requirement) and include the following information.

a. Your name

b. Your university major or program

c. Your academic and career goals

d. Information that you would like to share about yourself

Forums: The weekly discussion forum is for students to post their questions on course content for that week. This forum should not be used to discuss specific test questions prior to receiving feedback from the instructor (after the test is graded). If there is a question on a specific question, find a similar problem in the book and ask a question on that problem or concept. Asking specific questions on test questions creates an unfair advantage and defeats the purpose of the assessment tool. Specific topics will occur throughout the course and will require critical thought/research for your input – be sure to keep up with ongoing discussions! Discussion Board posting are graded at the end of the session and will constitute 20% of your final grade,

Assignments: There will be assignments during the course worth a total of 20% of your total grade. Each assignment will cover one or more parts of your final proposal.

Quizzes: There will be weekly quizzes on the review content of the week. The quizzes will be open book and open notes. The quizzes will be taken without a proctor.

Exams: There a final exam worth 20% of your final grade. You will be able to use the FE Reference Handbook on the exam. The exam will be proctored. Students must complete the exam by the end of the course.

Project Proposal: You will present your proposal to a panel of faculty members at APUS as well as the program director for approval. A rubric for the proposal is in the Assignment tab of the course. In order to pass the course, your project proposal must be approved.

NameGrade %
Assignment 20.00 %
Week 5 Assignment - Problem Statement and Curriculum Checklist 2.50 %
Week 10 Assignment - Stakeholder Design Constraint Strategy 2.50 %
Week 9 Assignment - Specifications and Curriculum Checklist 2.50 %
Week 11 Assignment - Gantt Chart and Curriculum Checklist 2.50 %
Week 12 Assignment - Bill of Materials 2.50 %
Week 13 Assignment - Block Diagram and Curriculum Checklist 2.50 %
Week 14 Assignment - Test Plan 2.50 %
Week 15 Assignment - Project Proposal 2.50 %
Forum 20.00 %
Week 1 - Introduction Forum 1.25 %
Week 2 Forum - Project Interests 1.25 %
Week 3 Forum - Approval Agencies 1.25 %
Week 4 Forum - Problem Solving 1.25 %
Week 5 Forum - Problem Statement Review 1.25 %
Week 6 Forum - Credible Research 1.25 %
Week 7 Forum - Deliverables Review 1.25 %
Week 8 Forum - Math Review 1.25 %
Week 9 Forum - Specification Review 1.25 %
Week 10 Forum - Electrical Engineering Review 1.25 %
Week 11 Forum - Gantt Chart Review 1.25 %
Week 12 Forum - Electrical Engineering Specialized Topics Review 1.25 %
Week 13 Forum - Block Diagram Review 1.25 %
Week 14 Forum - Project Proposal Status Update 1.25 %
Week 15 Forum - Ethics in Your Project 1.25 %
Week 16 Forum - Course Wrap-Up 1.25 %
Quiz 20.00 %
Week 1 Quiz 1.33 %
Week 2 Quiz 1.33 %
Week 3 Quiz 1.33 %
Week 4 Quiz 1.33 %
Week 5 Quiz 1.33 %
Week 6 Quiz 1.33 %
Week 7 Quiz 1.33 %
Week 8 Quiz 1.33 %
Week 9 Quiz 1.33 %
Week 10 Quiz 1.33 %
Week 11 Quiz 1.33 %
Week 12 Quiz 1.33 %
Week 13 Quiz 1.33 %
Week 14 Quiz 1.33 %
Week 15 Quiz 1.33 %
Test 20.00 %
Final Exam 20.00 %
Proposal Presentation 20.00 %
Project Proposal 20.00 %

Selected Bibliography

There are numerous online resources to help you in better understanding the objectives outlined in this course. Please see the APUS Online Library, which has several engineering and project management textbooks available online.

Atesmen, M. Kemal. (2008). Global engineering project management. [Books24x7 version] Available from

Dinsmore, P. C., & Cabanis-Brewin, J. (2014). AMA Handbook of Project Management (4th Edition). Saranac Lake, NY, USA: AMACOM Books. Retrieved from

Eisner, H. (2008). Essentials of project and systems engineering management. New York: John Wiley and Sons.

Lester, Albert. (2014). Project management, planning and control: managing engineering, construction, and manufacturing projects to pmi, apm, and bsi standards, sixth edition. [Books24x7 version] Available from

Opelt, A., Gloger, B., & Pfarl, W. (2013). Wiley Series in Systems Engineering and Management : Agile Contracts : Creating and Managing Successful Projects with Scrum. Somerset, NJ, USA: John Wiley & Sons. Retrieved from

Book Title:NI ELVIS III - this item is not covered by the APUS Book Grant - purchase instructions are available here:
Publication Info:National Instruments
Unit Cost:$3,395.00
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*
Book Title:NCEES FE Reference Handbook - available for free through
Book Title:myParts Kit from Texas Instruments - this item is not covered by the APUS Book Grant; purchase instructions are available here:
Publication Info:National Instruments
Author:National Instruments
Unit Cost:$89.00
Book Title:NI myRIO Starter Accessory Kit - this item is not covered by the APUS Book Grant; purchase instructions are available here:
Publication Info:National Instruments
Author:National Instruments
Unit Cost:$139.00
Book Title:NI myRIO Embedded Systems Accessory Kit - this item is not covered by the APUS Book Grant; purchase instructions are available here:
Publication Info:National Instruments
Author:National Instruments
Unit Cost:$199.00
Book Title:Student Project - please contact professor for more information; this is not covered by the APUS Book Grant
Author: No Author Specified
Unit Cost:$1,000.00
Book Title:NI Student Software Suite - free access provided inside the classroom; if DVD is needed, purchase instructions are available here: (DVD not covered by the APUS Book Grant)
Publication Info:National Instruments
Author:National Instruments
Unit Cost:$63.00
Book Title:NI myRIO Embedded Student Design Device - this item is not covered by the APUS Book Grant; purchase instructions are available here:
Publication Info:National Instruments
Author:National Instruments
Unit Cost:$578.00
Book Title:Project Management for Engineering, Business and Technology, 5th ed. - e-book available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:Routledge Lib
Author:Nicholas, John
Unit Cost:$78.29

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.