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Letters of Intent

  1. 1. CE 492 PROJECT Spring 2003 Instructor: Name: Cem Yalçın Office Hours: M to F 10:00 – 12:00 Office No.: M3050 Phone No.: 1420 e-mail: yalcince@boun.edu.tr Teaching Assistant(s): Onur Ertas (ertasonu@boun.edu.tr) Course Data: Hours: FFF 678 Room: M3120 Course Description (2002 Catalog): CE 492 Project (0+0+8) 4 Inter-disciplinary project undertaken by a student, either together with a small team of other students or individually, under the supervision of a faculty member. The object is to enable the student to apply as much of his/her education as possible to the solution of a specific realistic problem. Students are required to meet on a regular basis for consultation with, and report orally to their project supervisor. A written midterm progress report and a final report are required of each student together with at least one oral report to his/her classmates. Course Objectives: The objective of this course is to introduce to senior students basic proposal writing, technical interim report writing, effective presentation skills, and project management skills. This is an interactive course; therefore, class participation is compulsory. Textbook: There are no assigned books; only class notes and discussions will suffice. Ref. Books: N/A Design Content: This course is a design project-oriented course where students are required to prepare civil engineering design work of existing or hypothetical, but realistic projects. Computer Usage: The students will use project-specific software as well as presentation, word processor and spreadsheet programs. Laboratory Sessions: Students may require laboratory research depending on their project requirements. Class Policies: Presentations, reports, final exam, and class participation and discussions will make up the final grade. Class participation is mandatory. Contribution of the Course to Program Outcomes: This course is intended to contribute to the following program outcomes:
  2. 2. (a) An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering (b) An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data (c) An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs (d) An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams (e) An ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems (f) An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility (g) An ability to communicate effectively The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a (h) global and societal context (i) A recognition of the need for, and ability to engage in life-long learning (j) A knowledge of contemporary issues An ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for (k) engineering practice Course Assessment: Course will be assessed on the basis of the accomplishments regarding the course objectives and the contributions to the program outcomes. The evaluation will consist mainly of the responses from the students, who will provide their comments to various course related questions in the final week of the semester.
  3. 3. Week Topics Homework Assignment Objectives Introduction and presenting project topics from various fields of Civil Engineering, forming To introduce design project topics to student teams. 1 project teams. Introduction to proposal writing; letter of intent; Write a formal letter of intent about your To describe the importance of proposal writing and 2 request for proposal. project. formal communication techniques. Step-by-step proposal writing including Write a methodology of your design project, To give details about how to write a winning methodology, organization chart, project schedule, 3 and your biography and resume. proposal. project cost, and resumes. Project implementation: how to start and organize Write a formal proposal about your design a project from A to Z. Design brief and its table of project including all the materials described To learn formal proposal writing techniques. 4 contents. in previous lecture. To give a lecture about engineering companies’ Guest lecturer from civil engineering field. 5 bidding and proposal procedures. To be able to make formal presentations and learn Team presentations – proposal presentation 6 how to critique presenting teams. To give a lecture about engineering design Guest lecturer from civil engineering field. 7 procedures. Write a formal progress interim report about Guest lecturer from civil engineering field. To give a lecture about project management. 8 your project. To be able to write formal interim reports and make Team presentations – progress presentation 9 short presentation To give a lecture about civil engineering practice in Guest lecturer from civil engineering field. 10 Turkey. To understand and identify professional conduct and Ethics in Engineering business 11 rules. Project discussion period. Preparation for the final To prepare for final presentations. 12 presentations. To present design projects in front of department’s Final project presentation 13 staff; submit a written project thesis.