At least one of each of the following types of references should be used (see Dieter Ch. 5):

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In any design effort, it is imperative that designers not waste time “reinventing the wheel.” One of the early actions a design team should address is what designs, technologies or processes related to the project have been previously discovered, and what products or processes are currently available to facilitate the design task. The assigned chapter 5 from “Engineering Design” by Dieter, found in the Classroom Slides and Resources folder on BBLearn, provides an excellent breakdown of the different types of references that might be useful. Further, the classroom discussion with Library Resources will provide you convenient tools to get the literature review successfully underway.


Your final report will include many references that will be cited in the body of the document. To get you started, this assignment requires you to find, summarize, synthesize and properly cite several references that relate to your selected project.


DUE: Upload to BBLearn by Monday, February 15th



The following must be included as a minimum:


  1. At least 5 references that are relevant to the design project.


  1. At least one of each of the following types of references should be used (see Dieter Ch. 5):
    1. An engineering handbook or report (either posted online from a manufacturer or organization, hardcopy from the library or faculty member, or a cline library accessible Ebook)
    2. A current book publication (or textbook)
    3. A patent
    4. A peer-reviewed journal article (use Ulrich’s Web to ensure it is peer reviewed)


  1. For each reference, you must summarize what the reference concerns and how it may relate to or inform your design project. It is important that you not simply explain what information the reference provided, but more importantly, explain how the information is important to your design. You must cite the reference within the text of you literature review, and then include a bibliography (i.e. list of references) at the end of the document you submit. For this class you are to use the IEEE style when citing references and formatting your citations at the end of the document. IEEE formatting guidelines can be found on pages 36-42 of the following web document,


Creating a library of references in RefWorks will allow for easier formatting, but the software is not foolproof. You need to edit the list of references at the end of the document to be sure they have been inserted properly, and if not, they should be corrected.   DOIs (Digital Object Identifiers) should be used in the citation when possible. If the resource used was located online, then be sure to properly cite where the online reference was found using the IEEE guidelines.


  1. This assignment should conclude with a summary discussing the content you have uncovered, how these pieces of information relate to each other and how together they will assist your team in the design project.



Comparative Citations from Each Team


This is an individual assignment, but you are strongly encouraged to discuss which type of searches each team member would like to use. Your team as a whole must not duplicate references. In the case of such duplications, a grade of zero will be assigned to the memos. The memos will be returned and must be resubmitted with new references to replace the duplicates.


It would be most efficient if each member of the team focuses on different aspects of the design. For example, one student may decide to research established carbon dioxide capture systems. Another may research CO2 utilization or storage scenarios, and yet another may look at gas handling systems around gas compression, storage, cleaning, etc. Even if you are closely coordinating with other members of your team, you must write your own literature review.





The literature review will be worth 80 points (8% of the total course grade) and based on writing quality, correct citation referencing, citation formatting and content.


  • The writing quality is based upon your grammar, spelling, punctuation and writing styles based on the content provided in the third writing module. (25% – 20 pts).


  • The citation referencing will be based on correct and consistent formatting throughout the document, both in the text of the document and in the list of references at the end. A warning, DO NOT simply copy and paste a listed reference citation. It may not be correct, and the reference will likely not be given in IEEE format. You may export a citation into RefWorks from online searches, but still be sure to edit the references before turning in your final assignment. Refworks is not fool-proof. (25% – 20 pts)


  • All content requested above must be included within the document. Grading will be based on how well you described the relevance of the reference information to your semester design project, how the information will be used and how well you synthesized the references to understand how they relate to each other and how together they will inform your design (50% – 40 pts)

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