Department of Physical Science and Engineering
Engineering Program
Welcome to Introductory Engineering!
EGR 101 Introductory Engineering
Reference No. 4400 (12pm class) or 4405 (3:30pm class)
Fall 2006

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


OTHER LOCATIONS: CH-308 (Faculty Resource Room) and CH-100 (Department)

PHONE NUMBERS: 301-386-7536 (Office) or 301-322-0420 (Department Main Line)


To facilitate e-mail communication with me, please include the following code: CCGP06 along with the course designation (EGR 101) in the subject of any e-mails to me during the Fall 2006 semester.

Example: EGR101: Need help on vectors: CCGP06


OFFICE HOURS: MW 5-6pm,7:15-7:45pm; TTh 2:30-3:30pm, 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. Describe and apply fundamental engineering concepts to a simple problem.

  4. 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.

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

  6. Demonstrate the ability to write and execute a basic computer program.


Pocket Book for Technical Writing for Engineers and Scientists 2nd Edition .  Finkelstein, Leo.  McGraw-Hill (2005).
MATLAB Tutorial CD: Learning MATLAB Superfast .  Daku, Brian.  John Wiley & Sons (2005).
Engineering Formula 8th Edition.  Gieck, Kurk and Gieck, Reiner.  McGraw-Hill (2006).


Schaum's Mathematical Handbook of Formula and Tables, Murray Spiegel, McGraw-Hill (1999).


  1. 3 three-hole binders 1" or larger for the handouts on material not covered in the required textbook to be distributed in class throughout the semester. Folders are not acceptable.

  2. Bound Laboratory book. Pages are to remain in the book and are NEVER to be torn out.

  3. Pens, Pencils, Eraser, Straight edge, Paper, and Calculator are required for every class.


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.

Homework will be assigned each week including the first week.


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) except for in-class projects.

  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;first report due - others will be dependent on course progress

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: How to build a laboratory

Week 6 Case study in engineering: Putting the laboratory all together

Fundamentals of Engineering (formal start; some subjects will be started in the first week)

Week 7 Units and a mathematics review; essay describing the laboratory due

Week 8 Statics, dynamics, and materials

Week 9 Thermodynamics and optics

Week 10 Electrical circuits and computer science

Week 11 Introduction to MATLAB; fundamentals exam (BE PREPARED!)

Week 12 Project: Discussion and lab: Creating a project plan

Week 13 Project: Discussion and lab: Executing a project plan

Week 14 Project: Discussion and lab: Taking laboratory notes and writing a report

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

Reading.assignments are as follows: For class it is expected that an article of sufficient engineering strength be read.

Quizzes will all be unannounced so be prepared.

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


  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 - No classes

Sat.-Mon., Sept. 2-4

Last day to apply for fall graduation

Friday, September 15

Last day to change from "audit to credit" or "credit to audit" for full-semester classes

Friday, September 29

Midterm - middle of semester; class will speed up

Wednesday, October 18

College Enrichment Day - No classes

Tuesday, October 24

Last day to withdraw from full-semester classes

Tuesday, November 21

Thanksgiving Break - No classes

Wed., November 22

College closed

Thurs.-Sun., November 23-26

Final exam period/last week of classes

Tuesday, December 12 (both classes)

Winter Break - College closed

Thurs.-Wed., December 21 - January 3

Registration begins (Engineers should register NOW)

Thursday January 8

Classes begin spring 2007

Monday January 29


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