|As with any course, there are a few pitfalls to avoid. Here are a few
items that will help you execute the project smoothly:
Imitation is often a good way to get started but
attribute your sources and demonstrate your own design and creativity.
- attend the lab faithfully;
- submit a PCB that is manufacturable (by meeting all the layout
requirements, outlined elsewhere);
- handle ESD-sensitive parts carefully;
- be careful soldering in order to avoid intermittent (cold) connections;
- never expect a design obtained from the web to work;
- specify parts that can be delivered within time constraints imposed by the course;
- specify parts that are currently manufactured;
- specify parts that are available in small quantities;
- specify through-hole parts whereever possible;
- leave plenty of time for final integration and testing; and
- budget plenty of time for writing reports and preparing presentations.