Introduction to Engineering

Course Details

Course Number: MENG 1101  Section Number: 201

Spring 2013

Location: Dillard College of Business Administration

Classroom Number: 101

Days & Times:

R 1:00 - 2:50

Course Attachments


MSU Faculty Member
Mr.  Robert Stradley   
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Course Objectives

CATALOG DESCRIPTION:  MENG 1101 - Intro to Engineering (TCCNS = ENGR 1101

An introduction to engineering as a career. The major fields of engineering and the typical responsibilities of an engineer are introduced through the use of guest speakers and field trips.  Development of skills in teamwork, problem solving, and basic computer applications as related to engineering.


  • General Engineering
    • Definition of Engineering and Engineering Fields of Specialization
    • Career Profiles and Paths for Engineers
    • Engineering as a Profession: Ideals, Obligations, and Ethics
    • Engineering Technical Writing
    • Engineering Approach to Solving Problems
    • Engineering Calculations and Units
  • Engineering Laboratories
  • Structures
  • Introduction to Mechanisms and Machines
  • Materials: How to choose and where to find them
  • Fastening and Joining systems
  • Forces, Friction, and Torque
  • Mechanical Work and Energy
  • Electrical Circuits
  • Projectile Motion
  • Lego Cars: Gear Ratios and Power
  • Mechanical Design: Bearings, gears, sheaves
  • Machine Design:  Crank sliders and Cams
  • Machine Design: Automata

Outcome-Related Course Learning Objectives

Given the engineer and scientist profiles be able to define their major differences (Exam)

Be able to define engineering and name engineering fields of specialization related to mechanical engineering (Exam)

Be able to name the career profiles and paths for engineers (Exam)

Be able to define the basis for engineering calculations and units of the English and International system (Exam)

Be able to demonstrate proficiency in engineering technical writing  using engineering reports (lab reports)

Be able to demonstrate use of an engineering approach to solving problems (Lab projects, lab reports)

Be able to work as part of a team (Lab projects, lab reports)

Given the principles of engineering, demonstrate comprehension by doing and documenting engineering projects. (Lab projects, lab reports

Course Expectations




Basic computer skills, hand calculator.


Making Things Move, by Dustyn Roberts ISBN 978-0-07-174167-5.


 Additional material will be distributed in the form of electronic handouts.


  • Lecture Format

This course consists of one 110-minute session per week.  Class time will be spent mostly explaining and discussing engineering concepts and introducing projects.  Lectures will not be used to communicate the entire course content and thus, you will have to study some of the course material on your own. Student participation in class discussions is highly encouraged.

  • Labs/Projects

You are expected to work on daily projects throughout the semester in a team.  Several tasks will be assigned to each group.   Each project is dedicated to the study of an engineering technological design issue. If for some reason you or your team are unable to present and turn in the project, then you must inform the instructor in advance. The instructor will then decide whether you or your team will be allowed extra time for the project, depending on the validity of your excuse. Lab or project reports are required for each lab or project.  Each team of students is responsible for submitting its own lab report.  There will be one formal lab report which must be written by each student.  Each report must be turned in on the day the project is done, or at the beginning of the next class.  A penalty of 10% will be deducted each day for turning the report in late starting with the due date. THERE WILL BE ONLY 1 MAKE-UP SESSION for any lab session missed.

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
  • Student Attitude

Once class starts, the use of cell phone and/or pager, reading a newspaper, conducting private discussions, using the computer (unless asked by your instructor), working on anything that is not directly related to the course, making derogatory remarks about a classmate or your instructor will not be accepted and may result in your dismissal from the class.

  • 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. A penalty of 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.

  • 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, tests or labs 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.  Extra credit is individual, not team based. 

  • Evaluation Method

Your performance will be evaluated regularly throughout the semester by in-class exams, homework assignments, reports, and projects.  

  • Course Grade

The final grade for the course will be based on test scores, report scores, in-class project scores, and attendance/ participation/attitude according to the table below:


1 Test = 50 points

13 in-class labs/projects score = 130 points

11 lab/project reports score = 220 points

1 formal lab report score = 40 points

attendance/participation/attitude = 40 points

extra credit = Y points


The final letter grade for the course is based on the value of X percent. 

X% = the sum above /480 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 Exam5/9/2013  1: 00 pm

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 and in-class projects
Homework and in-class projects will be assigned from a set of chosen chapters. It will be turned in each week, unless specified by the instructor. Assignments 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 assignments in late starting with the due date. Once the grace period is over, no assignments will be accepted. Each student is responsible for submitting his own individual personal assignment 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



• Plan on spending at least 2 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. 

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

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

• Make-ups
You are expected to take all exams and do all projects 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.  There is a makeup day at the end of the semester for make up project work. 


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.