AEM 3391 -- New Course

Fri May 9 12:53:04 2014

Approvals Received:
on 05-09-14
by Thomas Shield
Approvals Pending: College/Dean  > Provost > Catalog
Effective Status: Active
Effective Term: 1149 - Fall 2014
Course: AEM 3391
UMNTC - Twin Cities
UMNTC - Twin Cities
Career: UGRD
College: TIOT - College of Science and Engineering
Department: 11090 - Aerospace Eng & Mechanics
Course Title Short: Independent Design Project
Course Title Long: Independent Design Project
Max-Min Credits
for Course:
3.0 to 3.0 credit(s)
Independent design project construction and testing under the guidance of a faculty member. Group projects are allowed. Students are responsible for finding a faculty adviser for their project. Final project report (written or oral).
Print in Catalog?: Yes
CCE Catalog
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Grading Basis: A-F only
Topics Course: No
Honors Course: No
Online Course: No
Contact Hours:
3.0 hours per week
Years most
frequently offered:
Every academic year
Term(s) most
frequently offered:
Component 1: IND (no final exam)
Progress Units:
Not allowed to bypass limits.
3.0 credit(s)
Financial Aid
Progress Units:
Not allowed to bypass limits.
3.0 credit(s)
Repetition of
Repetition not allowed.
for Catalog:
No course equivalencies
(course-based or
000021 - College of Science and Engineering student
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Sponsor Name:
Sponsor E-mail Address:
Student Learning Outcomes
Student Learning Outcomes: * Student in the course:

- Can identify, define, and solve problems

Please explain briefly how this outcome will be addressed in the course. Give brief examples of class work related to the outcome.

Students solve engineering problems related to the design of their project.

How will you assess the students' learning related to this outcome? Give brief examples of how class work related to the outcome will be evaluated.

Final report (oral or written).

Liberal Education
this course fulfills:
Other requirement
this course fulfills:
Criteria for
Core Courses:
Describe how the course meets the specific bullet points for the proposed core requirement. Give concrete and detailed examples for the course syllabus, detailed outline, laboratory material, student projects, or other instructional materials or method.

Core courses must meet the following requirements:

  • They explicitly help students understand what liberal education is, how the content and the substance of this course enhance a liberal education, and what this means for them as students and as citizens.
  • They employ teaching and learning strategies that engage students with doing the work of the field, not just reading about it.
  • They include small group experiences (such as discussion sections or labs) and use writing as appropriate to the discipline to help students learn and reflect on their learning.
  • They do not (except in rare and clearly justified cases) have prerequisites beyond the University's entrance requirements.
  • They are offered on a regular schedule.
  • They are taught by regular faculty or under exceptional circumstances by instructors on continuing appointments. Departments proposing instructors other than regular faculty must provide documentation of how such instructors will be trained and supervised to ensure consistency and continuity in courses.

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Criteria for
Theme Courses:
Describe how the course meets the specific bullet points for the proposed theme requirement. Give concrete and detailed examples for the course syllabus, detailed outline, laboratory material, student projects, or other instructional materials or methods.

Theme courses have the common goal of cultivating in students a number of habits of mind:
  • thinking ethically about important challenges facing our society and world;
  • reflecting on the shared sense of responsibility required to build and maintain community;
  • connecting knowledge and practice;
  • fostering a stronger sense of our roles as historical agents.

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LE Recertification-Reflection Statement:
(for LE courses being re-certified only)
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Statement of Certification: This course is certified for a Core, effective as of 
This course is certified for a Theme, effective as of 
Writing Intensive
Propose this course
as Writing Intensive
Question 1 (see CWB Requirement 1): How do writing assignments and writing instruction further the learning objectives of this course and how is writing integrated into the course? Note that the syllabus must reflect the critical role that writing plays in the course.

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Question 2 (see CWB Requirement 2): What types of writing (e.g., research papers, problem sets, presentations, technical documents, lab reports, essays, journaling etc.) will be assigned? Explain how these assignments meet the requirement that writing be a significant part of the course work, including details about multi-authored assignments, if any. Include the required length for each writing assignment and demonstrate how the minimum word count (or its equivalent) for finished writing will be met.

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Question 3 (see CWB Requirement 3): How will students' final course grade depend on their writing performance? What percentage of the course grade will depend on the quality and level of the student's writing compared to the percentage of the grade that depends on the course content? Note that this information must also be on the syllabus.

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Question 4 (see CWB Requirement 4): Indicate which assignment(s) students will be required to revise and resubmit after feedback from the instructor. Indicate who will be providing the feedback. Include an example of the assignment instructions you are likely to use for this assignment or assignments.

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Question 5 (see CWB Requirement 5): What types of writing instruction will be experienced by students? How much class time will be devoted to explicit writing instruction and at what points in the semester? What types of writing support and resources will be provided to students?

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Question 6 (see CWB Requirement 6): If teaching assistants will participate in writing assessment and writing instruction, explain how will they be trained (e.g. in how to review, grade and respond to student writing) and how will they be supervised. If the course is taught in multiple sections with multiple faculty (e.g. a capstone directed studies course), explain how every faculty mentor will ensure that their students will receive a writing intensive experience.

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Statement of Certification: This course is certified as Writing Internsive effective  as of 
Course Syllabus
Course Syllabus: For new courses and courses in which changes in content and/or description and/or credits are proposed, please provide a syllabus that includes the following information: course goals and description; format;structure of the course (proposed number of instructor contact hours per week, student workload effort per week, etc.); topics to be covered; scope and nature of assigned readings (text, authors, frequency, amount per week); required course assignments; nature of any student projects; and how students will be evaluated. The University "Syllabi Policy" can be found here

The University policy on credits is found under Section 4A of "Standards for Semester Conversion" found here. Course syllabus information will be retained in this system until new syllabus information is entered with the next major course modification. This course syllabus information may not correspond to the course as offered in a particular semester.

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AEM 3391
Independent Design Project
3 credits

Catalog Description:

Independent design project construction and testing under the guidance of a faculty member.  Group projects are allowed. Students are responsible for finding a faculty adviser for their project.  Final project report (written or oral) is required.

Course Web Address:

Prerequisites by Topic:

1.     (none)



Format of Course:

Group or individual projects (independent study)

Computer Usage:

CAD/CAM, FEA, MatLab/Simulink, etc. (varies by team)

Course Objectives:

The purpose of this course is to allow students to take their conceptual designs through the building and testing stages.  .  Students work alone or in small multidisciplinary groups to finalize and build their designs.

Course Outcomes:

Students who successfully complete the course will demonstrate the following outcomes by designing, building and testing a model and documenting same with a proposal, status reports, meetings, oral presentations and written reports.

1.     An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering.
2.     An ability to design a system, component or process to meet desired needs. .
3.     An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.
4.     An ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems.
5.     An ability to communicate effectively.
6.     An ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Relationship of course to program objectives:

This course is an integrated design experience in which students learn teamwork, problem solving skills, system design and oral and written communication skills. The course involves fluid mechanics and aerodynamics, aerospace structures and dynamics and controls. The course is designed to foster life-long learning.

Relationship of course to program outcomes:

This course provides the following program outcomes:

1.     Design and conduct experiments
2.     System design
3.     Multidisciplinary teamwork
4.     Identify engineering problems
5.     Communication skills
6.     Lifelong learning
7.     Engineering tools
8.     Aerodynamics
9.     Materials
10.     Structures
11.     Propulsion
12.     Flight mechanics
13.     Stability and control

Course Outline:

Independent work followed by written report or oral presentation.

Outcome Measurement:

Outcomes are measured by the final report, which may be written or oral, CAD drawings, design logs (notebooks), written reports, and peer evaluations.

Student Survey Questions:

This course improved my ability to do the following:

1.     Apply knowledge of math, science and engineering.
2.     Design a system, component or process to meet desired needs.
3.     Function as a member of a multi-disciplinary team.
4.     Identify, formulate and solve engineering problems.
5.     Communicate effectively.
6.     Use modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
    Please answer the following questions regarding the course:
7.     The course gave me a fair opportunity to work in an area where I have strong professional interests.
8.     The AEM and UM facilities (computer labs⿿ hardware and software, Machine Shop, ME Student shop, AkH330 Wind Tunnel) were adequate for this course.
9.     The course⿿s Project Group organization is a good way to teach students teamwork to prepare them for the job market.
10.     The level of work required in this course was appropriate for the credit given.
11.     Student shop rules and safety procedures were adequate for this course.
12.     Balance between team autonomy, and guidance/direction from professor and staff was appropriate.
13.     I developed technical leadership skills and an appreciation for good planning, leadership and discipline.  

In this course I acquired the following:

14.     An understanding and experience in detailed structural design of aircraft.
15.     Experience in designing and conducting experiments.
16.     Experience with use of aerodynamics, materials, structures propulsion, and flight mechanics.
17.     Experience with system design for stability and control of aerospace vehicles.
18.     An understanding of fabrication of aerospace systems.
19.     An experience in flight testing.
20.     Experience in design and fabrication under realistic constraints of time, money, equipment and availability of skilled personnel.
21.     A greater ability to achieve engineering goals and choose courses of action in open ended, ambiguous situations where the correct decision was more a matter of engineering opinion and judgment than demonstrable fact.  
Strategic Objectives & Consultation
Name of Department Chair
Perry Leo
Strategic Objectives -
Curricular Objectives:
How does adding this course improve the overall curricular objectives ofthe unit?

provides lower level design project course to complement our senior level 4391 course
Strategic Objectives - Core
Does the unit consider this course to be part of its core curriculum?

Strategic Objectives -
Consultation with Other
In order to prevent course overlap and to inform other departments of new curriculum, circulate proposal to chairs in relevant units and follow-up with direct consultation. Please summarize response from units consulted and include correspondence. By consultation with other units, the information about a new course is more widely disseminated and can have a positive impact on enrollments. The consultation can be as simple as an email to the department chair informing them of the course and asking for any feedback from the faculty.

This is an independent study course and all units have similar courses for their faculty to offer.  Falls into exceptions to consultation requirements.