Each team member is expected to spend a minimum of 12 productive hours per week on the project for a total of 180 hours for the semester, which equates to a minimum of 1080 hours for a six-member group.
Senior Design encompasses 2 semesters. In the first semester students form teams, select a project, and develop a "pre-proposal". In the 2nd semester, they take the class and work to engineer a solution for their proposed project. If one or more students drop, it can cause a lot of problems for other team members.
No student will be allowed to drop Senior Design without the approval of the Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies.
The Senior Design project has four major phases. Each phase culminates in an oral presentation and/or a written report delivered to the faculty and/or the client.