The University of Texas at Tyler
Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Senior Design
4115 Project Proposal Outline
Title Page (use form provided)
Executive Summary (written last)
Give a brief overview of the proposal project. This is one of the most important sections
of the proposal because it presents a clearly defined problem, the proposed solution
procedure(s), and a description of the expected project benefits and deliverables. The
Executive Summary is often the only section of your proposal that some readers will
read. It must present all relevant information as clearly and effectively as possible in
less than one page.
Table of Contents
In your own words state what the design project entails (problem statement) and give a
preliminary indication of the solution(s) your team is considering. This is your chance to
"take ownership" of the project.
Clearly indicate if your team intends the design to be a new product development
Give a survey of other design solutions you have discovered from your background
How will the design be accomplished? What tasks are to be performed? What are the
deliverables? Can the project be completed on time? Do you have a contingency plan?
Identify the resources (internal and external) that your team may require to complete the
project. What physical resources are required? Are they available? What information will
have to be obtained? What costs will be incurred? Where will they come from? What
barriers may exist to completing the project?
Recap the key points of the proposal. Summarize the problem, and the steps that will be
taken to solve the problem.
Team member resumes.
Other items not appropriate for the body of the proposal (for example, copies of research
materials you may have already obtained from books or the internet).
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Note: Be sure that the project as proposed will address the following required ABET topics:
engineering codes and standards, and realistic constraints that include most of the
health and safety
Not all considerations may apply to any particular project, but all considerations must be mentioned in the
General Format Issues
The proposal must be of professional quality, and entirely computer generated.
The proposal is to be submitted in a 3 ring binder.
5 pages maximum length, excluding Appendices and front matter ahead of the
Margins: Set your margins as indicated below for the entire manuscript.
Top: 1 inch Right: 1 inch
Bottom: 1 inch Left: 1¼ (one and one-quarter) inch
Margins should be justified left only to give a professional appearance
Fonts: Use 10-12 point 1.5 spaced or double-spaced Times New Roman or Arial fonts.
You must be consistent in using the font you choose throughout the entire
proposal, including graphs and figures.
Font Style: Use italics in place of underlining throughout the manuscript.
Do not use bold fonts except for headings and when required as part of a
Corrections: Only a clear print copy is acceptable. Corrections made by hand or using
correction fluid or correction tape are unacceptable.
Headings: Left justify section titles in bold font.
Pagination: Center page numbers at the bottom of the page.
Number the Table of Contents as Roman numeral i. Do not place a page number
on the Title Page or Executive Summary.
Text: Beginning with the first page of the text (Background section), number pages
consecutively with Arabic numerals (starting with the number “1”) through the last
page of the last section, including full-page tables, figures, and all other
illustrations lying therein. Number each appendix separately, with the page
number preceded by the appendix letter (e.g., A1, A2, …, B1, B2, …)
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