2.009 Product Engineering Processes

Design Notebook (physical and online)

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You are 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—they are important legal documents. They 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.

Physical notebooks:
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 failing 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 page).

Online notebooks:
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.

Design Notebook Submission
Physical notebook submission, online notebook submission

Physical: bi-weekly notebook review

Be sure to bring your up-to-date design notebook to lab on review weeks. Your instructor will collect your notebook near the beginning of lab, review it, initial new pages, provide some feedback, and return it back to you during the same lab. Please don't forget to include your reflection!

At the end of the term your lab instructor will keep your notebook for final grading. You will be able to pickup your notebook after the course grading is completed.

Online: bi-weekly digital highlights

Each time your notebook is reviewed in lab, you must also submit digital images of two pages from the current review period. This will be used to build an on-line record of your key contributions that can be accessed by classmates during peer reviews (from your 2.009 website team page, not your team slack site).

Your digital submission is due by 10:00 PM on Thursday of each week that your notebook is reviewed. Please do not make sloppy submissions! The scans must be legible, right side up, and appropriately cropped. Unintelligible images will be considered incomplete. If you have any difficulties feel free to contact the course instructor.

i. Choose two pages from your notebook that best represent your most significant contributions to the project in the previous two weeks.
ii. Take a digital picture of, or scan, the chosen two notebook pages. There are flatbed scanners connected to the 2.009 computers in the Pappalardo lab. Cell phone pictures tend to be poor. Make sure that the dates on the pages are visible.

Instructions for how to use the 2.009 scanners are available. Acceptable file formats are: JPEG, PNG, and TIFF files. PDF files are not supported.
iii. Log into the online notebook submission page. Your username is your Athena username, and your password is initially set by choosing the reset password option. Once you are on the page follow the upload instructions. Once uploaded, check your notebook page on the 2.009 web site. If there is a problem that you cannot resolve, please contact the course instructor.