Welcome to Introductory Engineering!

EGR 101 – Introductory Engineering

Fall 2005

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Scott D. Johnson, Associate Professor, Physical Sciences and Engineering


PHONE NUMBERS: 301-386-7536
                                        301-322-0420 (Engineering Department)


To facilitate e-mail communication with me, please include the following code: NM231 along with the course designation (EGR 101) in either the Subject or the First Line of any e-mails to me during the fall 2005 semester.


OFFICE HRS: MW 7-8pm, TTh 1:15-4:00pm, by appointment all other times


This course introduces the student to the theory and practice of engineering. The course has four main parts. Each part will cover important aspects of engineering giving the student a full picture of the career they are about to embark upon. The first part will help the student understand what an engineer is and what type of work they would be expected to perform in society. The second part will deal with higher level engineering concepts. This will be developed in an application area such as a research laboratory giving students exposure to professional practices common in all engineering disciplines. A number of professional papers will be reviewed leading to a creation of a hypothetical laboratory emphasizing the interaction common to all engineering disciplines. The third part will cover fundamental aspects of engineering including drawing, modeling, problem solving, design, and laboratory experimentation. Basic computer skills will be developed using MATLAB, Fortran, C, or similar high level computer language. Finally a team project will constitute the fourth part. The teams will be expected to develop a product using a number of engineering and software skills.

Team work along with communication skills (oral, written, and graphical) are exercised throughout the course.


MAT 241 Complete or concurrent


Upon successful completion of the course a student will be able to

  1. Describe and apply the engineering design process to a simple design problem.

  2. Demonstrate the ability to contribute to a team based design activity, including presentation of design review briefings, developing a simple project budget, measuring progress against the budget, and presenting design project results.

  3. Use a CAD software (Keycreator, AutoCad, MicroStation, or similar product) to construct either a plane layout drawing or a three dimensional wire frame model of a physical object.

  4. Sketch a system design of a laboratory showing sufficient details for presentation.

  5. Read and interpret orthographic views of a three dimensional object.


Engineering Your Future: An Introduction to Engineering 4th Edition. Oakes, William, Leone, Les, and Gunn, Craig. Great Lakes Press (2004).


Handouts on material not covered in the required textbook to be distributed in class throughout the semester.


As with any class an amount of time at least equivalent to two times the credit hours is expected to be performed for homework and labs. Please allot sufficient time for homework.


Evaluation of student performance is to be based on:

  1. Unannounced quizzes and homework will account for approximately 25% of the semester grade. Homework consists of essays that are to be written in standard English format and problem sets.

  2. A comprehensive in-class test on the fundamentals of engineering will account for approximately 25% of the semester grade.

  3. A four to five page essay describing the virtual laboratory we will build in class will account for approximately 25% of the semester grade. This essay is to be an original work that roughly follows along with the class lecture, but is to be wholly original and not just a re-write of the class notes.

  4. A major laboratory design project that is to account for approximately 25% of the semester grade. This project will require an appropriate laboratory book to be handed in along with a small report summarizing the results.


  1. Homework is due at the start of class (or before).

  2. Laboratory work is to be submitted in appropriate binders follow any standard laboratory format (this will be reviewed in class).

  3. Make-up homework, quizzes, and/or tests are up to the discretion of the teacher (excused absences only). No makeup will be possible for laboratory work, sufficient time should be available to recover if an absence is necessary.


New topics are to be covered each week and include but are not limited to the following subjects. This outline is subject to change.

Week 1 What is an Engineer: Class discussion and homework

Week 2 Historical case studies in Engineering

Week 3 Expectations in a laboratory setting

Week 4 Case study in engineering: What it takes to build a laboratory

Week 5 Case study in engineering: What it takes to build a laboratory

Week 6 Case study in engineering: What it takes to build a laboratory

Fundamentals of Engineering

Week 7 Units and a mathematics review

Week 8 Statics, dynamics, and optics

Week 9 Thermodynamics and materials

Week 10 Electrical circuits and computer science

Week 11 Introduction to MATLAB

Week 12 Project: Discussion and lab

Week 13 Project: Discussion and lab

Week 14 Project: Discussion and lab

Week 15 Project: Discussion and lab (Final Laboratory DUE)

Reading.assignments are as follows: every day read either the handouts or a chapter in the book.

Quizzes will all be unannounced so be prepared.

Tests will be announced a week before and will depend on our progress in the classroom.

The Blackboard Login Procedure Has Changed For ALL Students

HOW TO LOG IN TO BLACKBOARD (note these class does not use blackboard)

Blackboard is a web-based program that serves as the college’s online classroom. You will use Blackboard to communicate with your instructor, to see your course materials, to submit assignments and to discuss course ideas with your classmates.

To login to your Blackboard course, please follow these steps:

Go to to create a myPGCC account. You will use your myPGCC username and password to login to Blackboard.

The first time you access Blackboard using your myPGCC account, you must change your myPGCC password to access Blackboard. When you change your myPGCC password, the Blackboard system is updated with the myPGCC account information.

Go to to reset your myPGCC password. Blackboard will be updated 1-2 minutes after you reset your password.


Students requesting academic accommodations are required to contact the Disability Support Services Office (M-1042) or call (301) 322-0838 (voice) or (301) 322-0122 (TTY) to establish eligibility for services and accommodations. Students with documented disabilities should discuss the matter privately with their instructors at the beginning of the semester and provide a copy of their Student/Faculty Accommodation Form.


The Prince George's Community College Code of Conduct defines the rights and responsibilities of students and establishes a system of procedures for dealing with students charged with violations of the code and other rules and regulations of the college. A student enrolling in the college assumes an obligation to conduct himself/herself in a manner compatible with the college's function as an educational institution. Refer to the 2005-2006 Student Handbook, beginning on page 41, for a complete explanation of the code of conduct, including the Code of Academic Integrity and the procedure for dealing with disruptive student behavior.


The college is an institution of higher learning that holds academic integrity as its highest principle. In the pursuit of knowledge, the college community expects that all students, faculty, and staff will share responsibility for adhering to the values of honesty and unquestionable integrity. To support a community committed to academic achievement and scholarship, the Code of Academic Integrity advances the principle of honest representation in the work that is produced by students seeking to engage fully in the learning process. The complete text of the Code of Academic Integrity is in the 2005-2006 Student Handbook (pages 42-45) and posted on the college's website.


  1. Food and drink in limited quantities (snacks, not meals) are permitted in restricted areas (not near electronics) and will be revoked if proper cleanliness is found wanting.

  2. Cell phones must be in vibrate mode and are only to be answered for emergencies (step outside please).

  3. Common courtesy is to apply at all times.


Labor Day – College closed Saturday, September 3 - Monday, September 5

Last day to apply for fall graduation Thursday, September 15

Last day to change from "audit" to

"credit" or "credit" to "audit" Friday, September 30

College Enrichment Day - No classes Tuesday, October 25

Last day to withdraw from full-semester classes Tuesday, November 22

Thanksgiving break – No classes Wednesday, November 23 – Sunday, November 27

Final exam period/last week of classes Monday, December 12 – Sunday, December 18


When the college announces a delayed opening, all classes with at least 45 minutes of class time remaining at the time of the opening will be held. For example, in the event of a 10 a.m. opening, a 9:30-10:45 a.m. class will be held. This procedure applies to all credit classes.


Lab is in class CH-307 during class and after class during open hour lab periods


Student Assessment Services Center (Testing Center)

Bladen Hall, Room 100 301-322-0090


Check the web site for hours and policies and procedures.

Mathematics Learning Center (π Shop)

Marlboro Hall, Room 3104

Walk-in computer and mathematics assistance (note that due to overwhelming demand this service is being curtailed) for Mathematics and mathematical software such as MATLAB.

Tutoring and Writing Centers (

Bladen Hall, Room 107 Stop by or call 301-322-0748 to make an appointment.

The Tutoring Center can help you in many courses with free one-on-one or group tutoring.

The Writing Center offers one-on-one tutoring for all students who are working on a writing assignment in any course.

Student Development Services 301-322-0886


Student Development Services has various programs that provide students with mentoring, advising and individual counseling. Call or check the website for more information.

Library (

Accokeek Hall General information: 301-322-0105

Circulation services: 301-322-0475

Reference services: 301-322-0476

The Library provides a range of library and media services.

Refer to the web site for hours and more information about the services.

Campus Bookstore (

Largo Student Center, Room 116 301-322-0912