W 1:00 - 2:50
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Your performance will be evaluated regularly throughout the semester by in-class exams, homework assignments, reports, and projects.
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
Engineering Standard formats.
• 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.
You are expected to attend class and labs and are responsible for notes, homework assignments, quizzes, tests, and projects missed while being absent.
• 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.
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.