Introduction to Engineering Design

Course Details

Course Number: MENG 3212  Section Number: 201

Spring 2014

Location: McCoy Engineering Hall

Classroom Number: MY 205

Days & Times:

TR  9:00 to 9:50 am

Course Attachments

Introduction to Engineering Design Syllabus Spring  MENG3212-201_Syllabus_Spring 2014-20140128-153455.pdf


Design Concepts for Engineers
Author: Horenstein, Pearson Education
  ISBN: 97801136069553

MSU Faculty Member
Dr. M. Salim Azzouz   
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Course Objectives

Cite the most prominent figures of engineering design in history

Define Engineering Design

Mention two pre-requisite steps to engineering design

Cite all pre-requisites prior to the information gathering process in engineering design

Name five steps that lead to creative processes. Cite the obstacles to creative thinking

Cite three essential types of graphical representations

Describe two ways to verify the functionality an engineering design

Name the ANSI requirements for the preparation of the engineering drawings

Cite three types of models necessary in the preliminary design

Name a number of direct and indirect ways to evaluate an engineering design Identify four genuine reasons that makes economic analysis a necessary step in design

Define critical thinking in engineering design

Describe the four modes of discourse for technical writing

Give at least one definition of the term project planning

State four mandatory steps to apply for an invention patent

Describe at least five engineering tasks supported by computer aided engineering software

Describe the five common failure theories

Name the fundamental canon rules for engineers

Carry out projects using design software

Course Expectations

MENG 1202, ENGL 3203, Co-requisite: MENG 2133

Basic computer skills, MS Excel, hand calculator

Grading Standards

Course Grade

The final grade for the course will be based on the scores earned in the two mandatory exams, the mandatory comprehensive exam, the average score earned in the quizzes, the average score earned in the homework, and the average score earned in lab reports. Each one of the two exams contributes 15%, the comprehensive exam contributes 20%, quizzes average contributes 25%, homework average contributes 15%, and participation, neatness, attitude, and class attendance contribute 10%, for a total of 100%. The overall average score (X) for the course is determined as follows:

 X =0.10 x exam1 score + 0.20 x exam 2 score + 0.30 x Comprehensive exam score + 0.15 x (quizzes average score) + 0.15 x (homework average score) + 0.10 x (participation/neatness/attitude/attendance scores).

Final Exam5/7/2014  10:00 am

Submission Format Policy


There will be two regular exams plus one comprehensive exam at the end of the semester. Each exam is based on two testing parts. A Theoretical part based on chapters reading (closed book) is designed to test the students’ ability to acquire a self-reading knowledge of the taught materials. A hand written sheet summarizing the exam materials is allowed during the closed book session. A practical part (open book) is designed to test the students’ ability to analyze and solve a set of problems. Each exam is based on the course materials developed between two consecutive exams, except for the last one which is comprehensive. During this session only your hand written notes, the textbook, and the handouts distributed by the instructor are allowed. Any other document is considered illegal. It is strictly forbidden to use cell phones during the exam. Cell phones will be collected at the beginning of the exam and restituted at the end of it.


The goal of these quizzes is to encourage the students to study the course materials by themselves. Quizzes will consist of true/false, multiple choice type of questions and/or short problems. The examination materials for the make-up quizzes may be very different from the ones given in regular quizzes. Cell phones and any type of notes are strictly forbidden during quizzes.


Homework will be assigned from a set of chosen chapters by the instructor. It will be turned in each week, unless specified by the instructor.

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


You are expected to take the exam on the scheduled date and time it is given. However, if for a major and acceptable reason you are unable to do so, then you must inform the instructor in advance in writing and give a valid proof of your absence. The instructor will give then a make-up exam toward the end of the semester. For those who did not have a valid reason for missing the exam, they are allowed to take the make-up exam, but they will be graded over 80% of the regular 100% exam grade. The examination materials for the make-up exam may be very different from the ones given in regular exams.


You are expected to take these quizzes on random scheduled dates and times. However, if for a major reason you are unable to do so, then you must provide the instructor with a valid written excuse. For those who missed quizzes with a valid reason, the instructor will then give two make-up quizzes at the end of the semester. For those who did not have a valid reason for missing the quizzes, they are allowed to take the make-up quizzes, but they will be graded over 80% of the regular 100% quiz grade.


Homework must be turned in on the due date at the beginning of class. Once class starts, homework will be still accepted for a grace period of 48 hours and graded over 80% of the regular 100% homework grade. After the grace period, homework will be accepted and graded over 60% of the regular 100% homework grade. 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

Course attendance is mandatory.

Other Policies

This course consists of a two 50-minutes sessions per week (TR). The two hours class will be spent mostly explaining and discussing concepts, and solving relevant case problems. Lectures will not be used to communicate the entire textbook course content and thus, you will have to study a set of course paragraphs specified by the instructor on your own to further your understanding. Student participation in class discussions is highly encouraged and rewarded

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.