Design Notebooks

Design notebooks, whether electronic or hard-copy, allow students to track and document their efforts.  In turn, design notebooks allow instructors to assess student contributions to the team. Notebooks are graded twice a semester and explicit feedback is given in categories including: completeness of meeting and design notes, maintenance and check-off of a to-do list, usability by future students who may need to understand why a particular design decision was made, etc.

Notebook Essentials

Notebook Maintenance

  • The notebook does not have removable pages
  • Outer Cover: Your name, your project's name
  • Inner or Outer Cover: Your contact info and your team members' contact info
  • Each Page: Numbered, dated and signed

To-Do List Maintenance

Maintain check-boxes for items to be done that are then checked-off and dated when done.

Meeting Notes

  • Detailed meeting notes
  • Check-boxes for items for which you are responsible
  • Deadlines for your sub-team and the overall team

Technical Notes

  • Detailed design notes, design decisions
  • Diagrams
  • Copies of code you wrote, or pointers to where the code is stored in a repository
  • Records of important websites
  • Your ideas, even if they are only half-baked
  • Etc.

Usability

Will your design notebook be of use to people who join the team later and need to refer to it? This includes legibility, intelligible technical and meeting notes, and overall organization.

For further inquiries, please contact Robert Klenke:
Email: rhklenke@vcu.edu
Phone: (804) 827-7007