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Fbd is a large scale project class where you work on projects that may involve several people for most of the year. Since projects can vary dramatically in terms of content, timeline, and final project you will be assessed on more general behaviors and skills. These "meta-skills" or "soft-skills" are important and useful master as they can be applied to any endeavor and will be instrumental to its success. These skills are grouped together into assessment standards as shown below.

Assessment Standards

Your work in FbD will be assessed according to a set of standards as shown below. You will be graded on a scale of 4 to 7.

7 = Proficient
6 = Competent 
5 = Developing
4 = Needs Improvement

Sometimes specific bullets under the standard will be assessed, other times the standard as a whole may assessed.  Assessments will be made against documents you have created or contributed to, and also based on general classroom observations, status meetings, and 1-on-1 meetings. Standards scores will be reported via emailed progress reports and overall class grade will be published via Illuminate.

Professionalism (Prof)

  1. Attends class regularly, is on time, is on task.
  2. Completes work as required and meets deadlines
  3. Work is neat, organized, grammatically correct, and professionally formatted/presented. Demonstrates attention to details.
  4. All research is properly attributed to original author
  5. Works effectively with teammates
Technical Skillset and Ability (Tech)
  1. Independently researches unknown information and concepts as necessary.
  2. Applies appropriate software and hardware technologies to the project. 
  3. Understands, applies, and describes mathematical concepts, skills, and techniques appropriately.
  4. Understands, applies, and describes scientific concepts, skills, and techniques appropriately.
Project Management (Proj)
  1. Identifies and documents important goals/deliverables within a project.
  2. Develops detailed specifications/requirements for project work items.
  3. Maintains up-to-date schedules and status for project, with milestones associated with each important goal/deliverable
  4. Maintains an accurate and detailed engineering logbook/notebook, keeping track of daily tasks, research, meeting notes, brainstorming, and initial design work.
Documentation (Doc)
  1. Writing is concise, clear, and correct.
  2. Documentation addresses all necessary and appropriate topics - breadth of discussion.
  3. Document addresses topic areas with necessary ad sufficient depth and detail
  4. Adheres to the organization's documentation and engineering guidelines/policies.
  5. Document is well organized and professionally formatted.
  6. Diagrams, figures, and tables are informative, well captioned, professional, and support discussion in the text.
Communication (Comm)
  1. Listens to and considers ideas and opinions of others respectfully and thoughtfully.
  2. Offers opinions, ideas, and advice in a constructive, thoughtful, and respectful manner
  3. Proactive about communicating status and important project developments with manager and teammates, without generating "noise".
  4. Formal presentations are clear, concise, on-point, and appropriate to audience.
  5. Informal presentations and communication is clear, concise, on-point.
You may be asked to highlight portions of your work that you think best meet specific standards. For example, I may ask you to highlight in yellow 3 portions of your design document that demonstrate your competency for technical ability, and to highlight in green 3 parts of your document that address Documentation skills. I'll then review those portions of your documents and assess your skill and understanding. This allows you to show me what you think is your best work.


Your work in Flight by Design needs to be correct and SMART. SMART is an acronym that defines the important characteristics of high quality work. The SMART characteristics serve as a rubric against which work is measured.
SMART work is



Important details related to project success are described, including contextual information, research, resources, sub-tasks, dependencies, accountability, and risks. Have all the big questions been answered?



Tangible evidence to gauge success is defined. Specific tests to determine performance are declared. A well-defined artifact is delivered.



There is a consensus among interested parties that the work is useful and needed.  Parties maintain clear and regular communication throughout the project.



The goals and plan are achievable. The work required is contained within available resources and abilities. Time estimates account for available resources and risk.



Due dates are assigned to sub-tasks and deliverables. Progress against deliverables and dates is tracked, and timelines are updated. Artifacts are delivered on schedule. Problems or unexpected events are communicated and addressed quickly.

The SMART rubric for work should be considered when you determine your tasks, deliverables, and schedule and communication.