Requirements for credit for students seeking to earn credit through the ENGR x55 courses through a newly-forming group of students.
Through the Multidisciplinary Design Program, Michigan engineering students have an opportunity to earn credit for their engineering experiences outside of their normal curriculum study. Engineering teams and engineering organization activities provide an avenue for students to earn engineering credit while working on real world problems on a team of other UM students.
In order to earn academic credit for work on a student-initiated design team, teams must meet the following requirements:
- Team must be student-initiated, Engineering-focused design team; with at least 3 unique majors represented.
- Team must secure a faculty member to provide the credit.
- Team must provide a team proposal, including the following things:
- a team assignment for what your team will be accomplishing this year
- stating why you choose to curricularize/have your team earn credit
- the team structure/org chart/ideally in pictoral format (and how they relate to others in the team)
- overall team objective/impact statement
- plan for execution
- timeline estimate
- identify customers/clients/users (who team is delivering to); who would evaluate you (team lead/faculty/subteam lead)?
- After your team is approved, each member of the team will need to complete an individual credit proposal and provide to your faculty advisor. The faculty advisor or team leads can then send the enrollment approval to MDP.
- Team MUST do a Design Review – this is not a final report, but an opportunity to pull in people who can give you feedback that you can act on; can be at any time, scheduled for when makes sense for your team [can also do them for just your subteam]).
- Suggested timeline:
Team Action Timeline Example Date Confirm faculty mentor Early/mid-semester
before earning credit
October or February Complete team proposal and email to MDP (to be approved by MDP Director) Mid-semester before earning credit with MDP November or March Complete individual proposals Before/during backpacking Mid-November or Mid-March Receive approval and course override from MDP Before the Add/Drop deadline December or April
In order to receive credit for their design experience, students are required to develop a proposal during the beginning of their activities a gain the approval through the Multidisciplinary Design Program.
The proposal should have the following components:
- For each credit hour students are expected to spend 3-4 hours per week on the project. Provide an indication of time expenditures during the semester. This is a general estimate of an average week, and may vary widely during the course of the project.
- The students should make a specific proposal of what they want to accomplish during the semester. Specific contributions to the project are much more important than time allocation estimates, and the bulk of the proposal should be spent in this area.
- The students should propose peers who might provide input on their accomplishments.
- The students will need to demonstrate what they achieved; either through a formal portfolio, the Design Reviews, or individual meetings. The proposal should outline how students will document their work.
- Students are required to establish a meeting schedule with the faculty member to monitor progress.
After the proposal is developed it must be approved by the student team’s faculty member and/or a member of the faculty associated with the Multidisciplinary Design Program.
Click to see an example of a Student Initiated Team Proposal
(NOTE: This proposal is being shared with the author’s permission)
Please contact the MDP office with any questions.