EEC194A-C - Micromouse Design Project

194A: 2 units, Fall quarter
194B: 2 units, Winter quarter
194C: 1 unit, Spring quarter

Discussion: 1 hour

Laboratory: 3 hours (194A & B only)

Prerequisite: course 70 or ECS50; E17 and course 196 (may be taken concurrently); course 100 or E100 recommended (may be taken concurrently); course 180A recommended (may be taken concurrently).

Grading: In-progress letter grading, pending completion of three-quarter sequence. This is a single five-unit course that is spread out over three consecutive quarters. A working robot mouse is not required, but specific design objectives must be achieved and demonstrated.

Catalog Description: Design of a robotic mouse for the IEEE Micromouse competition. May be repeated once for credit.Limited enrollment.

Relationship to Outcomes:
Students who have successfuly completed this course should have achieved:

Course Outcomes ABET Outcomes
An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering A
An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data B
An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability C
An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams D
An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems E
An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility F
An ability to communicate effectively G
A knowledge of contemporary issues J
An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice. K

Specific information about the MicroMouse project course, in PDF format, may be found HERE.

Engineering Design Statement:
The Micromouse project is a student-directed design project aimed at designing a robotic mouse to compete in the IEEE Micromouse competition. The students form design groups of approximately five students with each student responsible for a major subsystem (electronics, power and motor, software, system integration, and sensors). Students are required to design their robots on their own, but may obtain faculty assistance as needed. In the beginning of the project, lectures are given on each of the subsystems to assist the students in the start-up phase. From then on, the primary role of the instructor is to monitor progress. Students are graded on successfully completing project mile-post; three written reports; three oral reports and attendance. While obtaining a working robot mouse is not required, there are specific design objectives that must be achieved and demonstrated in order to pass the course. This course has 2 units of engineering science required in the analysis of each of the subsystems and the system integration, and 3 units of open-ended design required to complete the actual design of the micromouse.

Professional Component: Engineering Depth, Laboratory, Project
Engineering Science: 2 units
Engineering Design: 3 units

This course is a project elective course


Updated: 7/09