Introduction to design and communication principles through engineering project approach, stressing teamwork, design process, specialties and tools of engineering, creative and analytical thinking, professionalism and ethics, social, economic and political context, open-ended problems. Grading based on quality of engineering projects and presentation of design through written, oral, and graphical communication. Offered: AWSp.
The course goals are for students to learn the design process and associated skills (teamwork, communication, and computing), to recognize the role of fundamentals in design and problem solving, and to be exposed to different examples of engineering (projects, disciplines, and careers).
At the end of this course, students should be able to: • Apply the engineering design process. • Give examples of how fundamentals (science, math, and engineering analysis) are involved with design and creative problem solving. • Identify and modify strategies to improve teamwork and group performance. • Demonstrate appropriate forms of written, oral, and graphical communication and recognize the importance of good communication skills. • Describe the different disciplines and jobs within the engineering profession. • Make a more informed decision about choosing to study engineering.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
The class meets 3 times a week, for 2 hours at a time (6 hrs/wk). The course consists of limited lecture with emphasis on "hands-on" design projects and testing. Typical team projects include lawn mower engine dissection, robotics, bridge design, rube goldberg creations, spring powered car competitions, and more (projects vary).
Topics include: • Engineering design process (1 week) • Skills development in teamwork, communication, and computing (1 week) • Engineering disciplines and careers (1/2 week) • Reverse engineering project (1+ week) • Initial open-ended design project (3+ weeks) • Final open-ended design project (3+ weeks)
No prerequisites except creativity and interest in learning more about engineering.
Class assignments and grading
Individual assignments include technical writing, computer exercises, homework problems, reflection papers and/or journals. Group assignments include design products, oral presentations, and final reports. No tests.
50% Individual Work, 50% Group Work.