373 Project Page
See lab schedule.
Project requirements and hypothetical project evaluations are provided
in the project handout. W14
Project Proposal Example
A pretty good project proposal example.
For a comprehensive list typical project components, see this F12 power
presentation. F12 Project Overview ppt pdf
past 373 projects.
Suggestions for poster composition, examples and other details are
As described in the project handout, you must provide a demonstration
sheet during the project demonstration. It will include the date of the
presentation, project name and list of group members with percentage
effort listed for each group member. A general description of what each
member did be included. For example:
Developed hardware and software interface for servos
Developed I2C hardware and software interface to gyro
Developed hardware and software interface to display
Developed graphics for display
Developed keypad hardware and software interface
Jack and Jill
Worked equally together on system integration and debugging.
Here is a link to a demo
The staff will continue with
usual support hours. Unlike typical lab support, project support can
take extended periods of time. Instead of on demand open lab
hours, Matt Smith will provide 30 minute group appointments on a weekly
basis. In this way, your group can plan on a 30 minute support time.
Usually, 2 appointments can be provided per group per week. Look for
announcement the week before to schedule an appointment.
Normal project support will not be available after the project due date
(last day of class). Project support will be on a very limited
appointment basis only during the late phase (finals week). Be sure to
consider this when electing the project late phase.
Station Priority and Sharing
The following polices will be enforced during the project phase.
- Generally speaking, priority hours for either lab class (498 or
robotics) are during there home lab hours. Students in these home labs
will have priority for stations.
- Restrict station usage to one group per stations during high
demand times. You may be asked to give up one of your stations if
- You may not reserve a station by leaving it unattended except for
very short breaks. We reserve the right to log your off and move your
project materials for unattended stations when demand is high.
- Some groups may obtain special permission to setup a project
permanently if need be.
Consider loading the Libero SoC and Softconsole
v3.3 tools on your laptop to avoid limited station access. They
are free from Microsemi.
Since the kits are portable it is possible to do much of the work
outside the lab. You may take your project components and work outside
the lab if you wish. If you want to borrow a Saleae logic analyzer, let
the staff know. You can download the Saleae software free of charge at Saleae.
Lab Cleanup and Maintenance
There are no regular lab cleaning services except weekly trash removal
and biweekly floor cleaning. Otherwise, it is up to us. Abiding by the
following policy will keep the lab orderly and usable by all.
- Clean up your station after use. Put cables back and remove any
debris from the stations
- Place your project on the shelves above the stations.
- Put all recyclable cans etc in the recycling containers down the
- Put the trash can outside the doors if it is full otherwise the
cleaning staff will not empty it until the end of the week
- Clean up the solder station when you are finished.
You are not evaluated for sophisticated construction or fabrication.
Typical fabrication materials consist of foam board, balsa wood
even discarded cardboard boxes and miscellaneous hardware.
Fastening may be with hot glue, double sticky tap and miscellaneous
and bolts. If your project requires involved construction or
fabrication, for the most part you will need to find these resources.
We have some power tools that can used with supervision, but they are
limited to a power drill and Dremel tool.
There are some North Campus resources. The Wilson Center
has a nice shop with power tools such as band saws, drill presses,
table saws and various hand tools. You will need to take
a training class before you can use the shop. The intro classes
are typically offered once a week through the 2nd and 3rd month of the
term. Check the website for offerings.
We have some miscellaneous materials in the lab, but for the most part
you will have to obtain your own materials. The Campus Book store on
North Campus has some supplies like foam board, balsa wood, glues and
Carpenter Brothers Hardware Store near North
Plymouth Rd, Ann Arbor) has many useful materials for projects.
There staff welcomes University students and I find them very
accommodating. They will even cut materials for you and help you with
Michaels Arts and Crafts store is also good for general fabrication
supplies, but a bit further from North Campus. They are located at 3655
Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI
- You may not use power tools without supervision.
- You may not use cutting tools such as hand saws without
- Use safety glasses when doubt.
- Do not hesitate to call campus safety by dialing 911 on the
wall near the lab entrance in the event of an emergency.