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ENGR 1603

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Credit Hours   3   
Course Title   Introduction To Engineering   
Prerequisite(s)   MATH 1113 or MATH 2431 with a grade of "C" or better    
Corequisite(s)   None Specified   
Catalog Description   
The course provides students with an overview of various engineering disciplines
to assist them in making well-informed career choices in the profession. Key
topics include exploring the nature of the field and career opportunities
in civil, chemical, electrical, mechanical and other major disciplines,
tools of technical communication, recording and analyzing data, dimensional
analysis, computational techniques of approximate solutions and basic
statistical tools for quality control.
Expected Educational Results   
As a result of completing this course, the student will be able to do
the following:
1. Distinguish between major fields of the engineering profession and
identify various career possibilities within any given field
2. Describe general structure of the 4-year engineering curriculum
3. Describe objectives of various professional societies and the
advantages of membership
4. Get a better understanding of values (ethics) and responsibilities
of an engineer
5. Describe and use customary and SI system of units, converting various
physical quantities from one system to the other
6. Verify dimensional consistency of a relationship among physical quantities
7. State and compute various types of errors and check their propagation
8. Collect and record technical data, using different graph scales and
coordinates to represent data and establish empirical relationships
9. Define basic statistical terms as they are applied in quality control,
computing by least squares the best fit for the data and determining
the correlation coefficient
10. Describe and use basic terms in engineering economics viz. present worth,
depreciation, annual rate of return, etc
11. Distinguish approximate and exact solutions to equations and find roots
of equations in one variable by interval methods

General Education Outcomes   
This course addresses six of the ten general education goals of the college and they
are listed below.
I. The general education outcome relating to communications:
a. Students enhance reading skills by reading topics from reading material
assigned and hand outs in the form of notes.
b. Students develop writing skills by practicing exercises, providing short
answers to tests/assignments questions and learning correct usage of
technical terms in report writing
c. Students improve their listening skills by actively participating in class
discussion/lecture or demonstration to learn basic concepts

II. The general education outcome relating to problem-solving and critical thinking
Students demonstrate their ability in problem solving through class discussion,
group assignments, tests and technical report.

III. The general education outcome relating to the use of mathematical concepts
Students apply mathematical concepts to evaluate, understand and process
technical data to solve problems  

IV. Students organize and analyze the information to complete assignments and
reports by using word processing and spreadsheet software

V. The general education outcome relating to the use of scientific inquiry
Many of the topics in this course are carefully selected so as to require them to
comprehend, understand and appreciate the importance of scientific inquiry as
an integral part of engineering profession

VI. The general education outcome relating to analyzing competing values
Students are introduced to various issues relating to ethical values and
professional responsibilities and learn the role of an engineer in the work place.

Course Content   
1. Discussion about various fields of engineering, with particular attention
to opportunities in each field. Ethics and professional responsibility (13%)
2. To provide familiarity with engineering language and its terminology  (10%)
3. Basic methods and techniques of engineering - recording, analyzing and
solving problems (12%)
4. Engineering estimation/approximation, dimensional analysis, units of
measurement, significant figures, scientific notation  (20%)
5. Basic understanding of computational techniques, computer analysis and
applications   (22%)
6. Representing engineering data by using statistical techniques, evaluating
for accuracy by error analysis  (15%)
7. Engineering economy - annual rate of return, present worth,
depreciation, etc (8%)

Assessment of Outcome Objectives   
Upon entering this course the student should be able to do the following:
1. Competency in mathematics as described in the expected educational
objectives at the level of MATH 1113.

The course grade is to be determined by the individual instructor by variety
of evaluation techniques consistent with the overall college policy. The
procedure should include class/home work, at least three tests,
a comprehensive final examination and a technical report.

Assessment of the expected educational results of this course must be
conducted every five years. The assessment instrument will be a set of selected
questions that cover majority of the topics in the course content section from
the final examination.

The Engineering committee will evaluate the findings and determine the level of
success in expected educational results and consider recommending to the
Discipline Academic Group executive committee, any changes in the curriculum
after careful review of curricula of transfer institutions.


Last Revised: Aug. 08, 2011
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