AER201 - Engineering Design

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Course Syllabus

The course textbook (2017 Edition) will be available at the UofT Bookstore on Monday morning Jan. 9.

The 2017 introductory lectures of AER201 (all sections) will start on Monday Jan. 9, 9a.m., at OI G162 (OISE).

This course addresses open-ended and multidisciplinary design problems, with the objective of integrating design, engineering analysis, and hardware implementation. The emphasis in this course is not on studying in a classroom from a list of topics, but rather it is a project course, although the fundamentals of design as well as some practical technical notes will also be taught through weekly lectures. After a series of lectures students work in teams on a realistic project. The projects are open-ended design problems relating to fields of electromechanical, computer hardware and software, and instrumentation and interfacing.

Working on interesting and challenging design projects will provide students with extensive knowledge and experience and unforgettable memories of their undergraduate study. For the year 2016, there are 3 new projects. Each team of 3 students will work on 1 project during the winter semester. These projects have been carefully defined to match the level of knowledge and capabilities of second-year students, yet to offer them challenge, innovation, and a thorough view of real-life engineering problems. The multi-disciplinary nature of these projects ensures that students will learn a broad range of mechanical, electrical, and computer implementation.

Some essential lessons of electronics, electromechanical systems, and computer hardware and software will be delivered through a series of technical lectures. During the projects some important topics of Engineering Design will also be addressed to the students through weekly one-hour lectures. They include discussions on the design process, communication in design, techniques of decision making, design methodologies such as quality function deployment, design for optimization and reliability, etc. Additionally, several experts from industry and senior students will have presentations about various topics of engineering design.

Thanks to the Provost's Information Technology Courseware Development Fund the design laboratory has been equipped with Hardware-in-the-Loop Simulation Stations featuring advanced object-oriented simulation tools (using Dymola) as well as analysis and real-time implementation tools (using MATLAB, Simulink, and xPC Target). Hence, analysis and evaluation of the design ideas before the fabrication and production phase have special emphasis this year.

As well, through the partial funding provided by the Kenneth Molson Foundation, the course is equipped with the Aero-Design Lab and PML4ALL Portals, which enable teams of students to communicate and use a variety of design applications effectively through web-based collaboration.