Introduction to Engineering Design

Course Details

Course Number: MENG 3212  Section Number: 201

Spring 2011

Location: McCoy Engineering Hall

Classroom Number: 207

Days & Times:

TR 9:00 - 9:50

Course Attachments


Design Concepts for Engineers
Design Concepts for Engineers, Horenstein, Pearson E-source. Hardcover or Electronic.
  ISBN: 978-0-13-606955-3

MSU Faculty Member
Mr.  Robert Stradley   
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Course Objectives

 CATALOG DESCRIPTION:  Introduction to the concepts of engineering design and problem solving. Course emphasizes creative and critical thinking, project planning, design functionality, design economics, ethics, technical reporting techniques, computer graphics skills, and team design project activities. 


Given the readings and discussion of the engineering design process, students will define this process as it pertains to mechanical engineering.

Given the discussion on engineering design, students will define and explain all steps of the problem identification and information gathering process. 

Given the readings and discussion on project management and teamwork skills, students will define the skills for teamwork in the design process. 

Given the discussion on engineering problem solving, students will define the problem-solving methodology for the design process. 

Given the readings and discussion on engineering tools, students will define the different tools that can be used for the design process. 

Given the discussion on ergonomics, controls, and data collection, students will define and explain how people interact with machines. 

Given the readings and discussion on Engineers and the Real World, students will analyze some engineering failures, and their appropriate design issues. 

Given several relevant scenarios, students will analyze the appropriate ethical behavior required of engineers, based on the fundamental canons of ethics. 

Given the Engineering Design mini-labs, students will apply concepts and fundamentals of design theory to a design project. 

Course Expectations

COURSE PRE-REQUISITES: MENG 1202, ENGL 3203, MENG 2413 (co-requisite)

Required Text: Design Concepts for Engineers, Horenstein, Pearson E-source. 

This course consists of two 50-minute sessions per week. The first part of the course will consist of lectures and readings that cover relevant topics for that particular class, a mid term review, and a mid-term exam. The second part of the course will be Design Mini-labs.  Each Mini-lab will consist of a presentation on the topic and then breakout design sessions by teams on the topic.  At the end of Mini-labs, there will be Design presentations by each group. The final day will be a final exam review and evaluations.  Not all material can be covered during the class sessions. Expect to spend an appropriate amount of time outside of class on assignments and projects.   

Grading Standards

The final grade for the course will be based on quiz scores, exam scores, report scores, mini-lab design project, and attendance/creativity/participation/neatness/attitude. The individual scores will be combined with attendance, creativity, participation, neatness, and attitude for a total score according to the table below: 

quiz scores = 7 quizzes with a total of 50 questions for a total of 100 points

mid-term exam score = 100 points

final exam score = 100 points

mini-lab score = 100 points

reports score = 25 points

attendance = 15 points

creativity = 15 points

participation = 15 points

neatness = 15 points

attitude = 15 points

extra credit = ? points

The final letter grade for the course is based on the value of X percent.   X% = the sum above /500 points.  Note that a final percentage of 90 and above guarantees an A, 80 and above guarantees a B, per the chart below.

Value of X (%) & Letter Grade

90 - 100 = A 80 - 89   = B  70 - 79   = C 60 - 69   = D < 60       = F



Final Exam5/10/2011  8:00 am

Submission Format Policy

Engineering Standard formats.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy
  • Homework

Homework will be assigned from a set of chosen chapters. It will be turned in each week, unless specified by the instructor. Homework must be turned in on the due date, at the beginning of class. Once class starts, no assignments will be accepted for that day. 10% will be deducted each day for turning homework in late starting with the due date. Once the grace period is over, no homework will be accepted. Each student is responsible for submitting his own individual personal homework copy written in his own words. No dual or group homework copy is accepted unless specified by the instructor.


Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements
  • Class and Labs Attendance

You are expected to attend class and labs and are responsible for notes, homework assignments, quizzes, tests, and projects missed while being absent. 

Other Policies


Quizzes will be given in the first few minutes of each Thursday; class will follow immediately after.  Once class starts, no quizzes will be accepted.  Content of the quizzes will be taken from the required readings and class notes. 


There will be 10 class periods with a series of design mini-labs that will demonstrate the student's ability to apply the concepts learned in the first part of the course.  Each student will work as part of a design team to accomplish the project goals.  Assignments will be made daily.  A final team-based report and presentation will be required. 


You are expected to take all quizzes and exams on the scheduled date and time. However, if for some acceptable reason you are not able to do so, then the student must inform the instructor in advance. The instructor will then decide whether the student will be allowed to take a make-up exam, depending on the validity of the excuse.

 Extra credit

Students are expected to perform adequately in all aspects of the course.  However, the overall objective is for each student to learn and to apply the course material.  In the event that substandard performance occurs, quizzes are missed, or the student believes that additional help is needed, the student may request extra credit assignments in the form of reports and class presentations.   


• Plan on spending at least 6 hours outside of class each week to study the material and to work on homework assignments and projects. Do not wait until the last day to start the homework, do projects, or to prepare for exams.

• Read the course material before coming to class. There will be a quiz every Thursday on the reading material. 

• If you need makeup or extra credit work, see the instructor. 

• Request office hours throughout the semester as needed for questions or problems.  

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.