ENGR-130: Introduction to Engineering

School
Science, Technology, Engineering & Math
Department
Engineering
Academic Level
Undergraduate
Course Subject
Engineering
Course Number
130
Course Title
Introduction to Engineering
Credit Hours
3.00
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
A-E
Pre-requisites
MATH-100-level or higher, or high school algebra, or Instructor permission.
Catalog Course Description

Introduces the engineering profession, problem solving fundamentals, applications, fields of study, career paths, teamwork skills, and ethics necessary in the engineering profession. Course work includes projects that deal with real world application of these aspects of engineering as related to engineering problems.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Goal Statement

The course is intended to introduce the engineering profession to undergraduate students providing a general understanding of what is involved in the field, including problem solving fundamentals, applications, fields of study, career paths, teamwork skills and ethics.

Core Course Topics
  1. Engineering majors and career paths
    • Describe the different disciplines of engineering.
    • Differentiate engineering science from engineering technology.
    • List possible career paths that engineers follow.
    • Search for a job and the process to apply.
  2. Engineering education pathway
    • Describe a transfer program and a career program.
    • Describe the process to transfer to an engineering program.
  3. Engineering ethics and professional engineers
    • Describe the opportunities of Professional Engineering certification.
    • Discuss the importance of making ethical decisions in an engineering career.
  4. Engineering problem solving
    • Describe components of a basic electrical circuit.
    • Apply Excel and PowerPoint skills to data analysis and presentation.
    • Be able to find resultant of two vectors using a software or by hand.
    • Sketch a basic part by hand or by software.
  5. Dimensions, Units, and Unit Conversion
    • Describe the proper use of units and unit conversion.
  6. An overview of trigonometry and vectors
    • Describe the trigonometric ratio of a right triangle.
    • Add two vectors graphically.
  7. Engineering Design Process and its application to projects
    • List primary steps of an engineering design process.
    • Search patents and articles online.
    • Write a problem statement for their projects.
    • List design specifications for a basic project.
    • Apply teamwork skills in accomplishing a term project.
    • Apply skills learned in the course to a team-based design project.
    • Communicate project results via oral presentations.
General Information

Meeting MTA requirements: Course transfers to all school with which we have Engineering Transfer Agreements; UD-Mercy, UM-Dearborn, WSU and LTU.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

May include:

  1. Pre and post-course assessments and surveys
  2. Problem sets
  3. Exams
  4. Team design project
  5. Individual writing projects
  6. Individual presentations
  7. Group presentations

Outcomes

General Education Categories
  • Natural Sciences
Institutional Outcomes
  • Scientific Reasoning
MTA Categories
  • Category 6.1: Natural Sciences

Credit for Prior College-Level Learning

Options for Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
Portfolio Review
Interview
Portfolio Review Details

A student may be granted credit for this course through credit for prior college-level learning if s/he had work experience in a manufacturing or engineering environment and has worked with a team in design or manufacturing of prototypes. A portfolio of engineering-related projects showing the contribution of student is required. Student needs to submit a resume, and will be interviewed with an engineering instructor.

Interview Details

A student may be granted credit for this course through credit for prior college-level learning if s/he had work experience in a manufacturing or engineering environment and has worked with a team in design or manufacturing of prototypes. An interview with student is necessary to assess his/her engineering-related experience.

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Fall 2019
ILT Approval Date
11/26/2018
AALC Approval Date
12/19/2018
Curriculum Committee Approval Date
01/16/2019