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Cockrell School of Engineering
How does the proposed course satisfy the flag requirements?*
M E 266K is a senior-level capstone course that requires students to implement a variety of skills acquired throughout the core M E curriculum. Students, working in teams, are required to carry out an original design project of a product, process, or system, as specified by an external project sponsor, which entails several independent inquiry components as described below.
Describe typical assignments related to Independent Inquiry.
Patent documents on related products and processes, journal articles and published conference papers, specialized engineering handbooks and texts related to the assigned project must be consulted and referenced by individual members of the design teams, during their initial research phase. Additionally, the team members individually carry out computer searches of the patent and research literature to find information which bears on the assigned project, prepare a summary of findings, including interpretation of relevance to the project, develop alternative design concepts at the system, subsystem, and component levels, assess them qualitatively, prepare detailed component analyses and working drawings, write and present a final project report to the sponsor and faculty/grad student referees. Each member of the team is responsible for documenting his/her research results and methods.
Please explain how at least one-third of the course grade is based on content related to Independent Inquiry.
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