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required to keep an up-to-date design notebook throughout the
term... this is an essential design practice that documents the
history of your work.
Your design notebook contributes to a significant portion of
the individual component
of your final grade.
Notebooks are required in professional
practice as they are important legal documents. A notebook is your working design document, and it is populated as you work. Notebooks should not be after-the-fact make-work. At the same time, your notebook should also be something that you are proud of... something that you could show to a potential employer.
A few example pages from the notebooks of previous 2.009 students are on the right. You can click on the images to see
the full sized pages.
The notebook should be either a 8.5x11 spiral-bound book (to make scanning easier) or a standard-bound engineering notebook. Unlined notebooks are preferred.
Use your design notebook to document all of your work and contributions
towards your team's project. The notebook will also be used for a required reflection entry after each project milestone. Do not use the notebook for lecture notes. Notebooks are working documents, but they must provide a comprehensible trail for your product development effort. Illegible notebooks will receive
a poor grade.
Please be sure to write the
date on each page when you make entries and use indelible ink. Design notebooks are legal documents.
Your lab section instructor will review your notebook every second
week during your lab period, as indicated throughout the course
schedule (review dates are linked on the deliverables
In addition to a physical notebook, you will submit digital images of two pages
from your notebook every two weeks. These submissions are used to make an on-line 'highlight' notebook, accessible through the team
pages. Team members can review them during peer reviews, and the process of selecting your highlights is a form of reflection that contributes to the learning experience. You may
want to make special two week summary pages in your notebook
for the online submission.
The online notebook allows classmates to follow
your contributions when completing peer reviews, and also will be used by your lab instructor.