TR 9:00 - 9:50
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 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.
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
Engineering Standard formats.
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.
You are expected to attend class and labs and are responsible for notes, homework assignments, quizzes, tests, and projects missed while being absent.
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.
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.