PRINCE GEORGE'S COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Department of Physical Science and Engineering
Welcome to Introductory Engineering!
EGR 101 Introductory Engineering
Reference No. 4400 (12pm class) or 4405 (3:30pm class)
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)
E-MAIL ADDRESS : firstname.lastname@example.org
To facilitate e-mail communication with me, please include the following code: CCGP07 along with the course designation (EGR 101) in the subject of any e-mails to me during the Fall 2007 semester.
Example: EGR101: Need help on vectors: CCGP07
ENGINEERING PROGRAM'S WEB PAGE: http://academic.pgcc.edu/~sjohnson/engineering.html
PROFESSOR'S WEB PAGE: http://academic.pgcc.edu/~sjohnson
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 (course is calculus-based)
EGL 101 Complete or concurrent (course assumes mastery of English)
COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES:
Upon successful completion of the course a student will be able to
Describe and apply the engineering design process to a simple design problem.
Demonstrate the ability to positively 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.
Demonstrate the ability to analyze experimental data. This includes using statistical and other methods to qualitatively and quantitatively compare designs and results.
Describe and apply fundamental engineering concepts to a simple problem.
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.
Sketch a system design of a laboratory showing sufficient details for presentation.
Demonstrate the ability to write and execute a basic computer program.
MATLAB Tutorial CD: Learning MATLAB Superfast. Daku, Brian. John Wiley & Sons (2005). See recommended MATLAB book below.
Engineering Formula 8th Edition. Gieck, Kurk and Gieck, Reiner. McGraw-Hill (2006).
Nanotechnology DeMystified. Williams, Linda and Adams, Wade. McGraw-Hill (2007).
DeMystified. McMahon, David. McGraw-Hill
(2007). Will become required MATLAB book next semester.
Schaum's Mathematical Handbook of Formula and Tables, Murray Spiegel, McGraw-Hill (1999).
OTHER REQUIRED COURSE MATERIALS:
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.
Bound Laboratory book. Pages are to remain in the book and are NEVER to be torn out.
Pens, Pencils, Eraser, Straight edge, Paper, and Calculator are required for every class.
OUTSIDE CLASS REQUIREMENTS:
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:
Unannounced quizzes and assigned homework will account for approximately 25% of the semester grade. Homework consists of essays that are to be written in a format consistent with a technical paper and problem sets.
A comprehensive in-class test on the fundamentals of engineering will account for approximately 25% of the semester grade.
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.
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.
HOW ASSIGNMENTS ARE TO BE SUBMITTED
Homework is due at the start of class (or before) except for in-class projects.
Laboratory work is to be submitted in appropriate binders follow any standard laboratory format (this will be reviewed in class).
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: What is the difference between an engineer, scientist, and engineer technologist: Class discussion and homework
Week 1.5 What is an Engineer: Disciplines; Ethics; mechanics of group dynamics
Week 2 Historical case studies in Engineering;first report due - others will be dependent on course progress
Week 3 Case studies on Nanotechnology; Essay assignment; Major reading assignment
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.
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.
Cell phones must be in vibrate mode and are only to be answered for emergencies (step outside please).
Common courtesy is to apply at all times.
Labor Day - College closed - No classes
Sat.-Mon., Sept. 1-3
Last day to apply for fall graduation
Friday, September 14
Last day to change from "audit to credit" or "credit to audit" for full-semester classes
Friday, September 28
Midterm - middle of semester; class will speed up
Wednesday, October 17
Professional Development Day - No classes
Tuesday, October 30
Last day to withdraw from full-semester classes
Tuesday, November 20
Thanksgiving Break - No classes
Wed., November 21
Thurs.-Sun., November 22-25
Last Day of Classes
Monday, December 10
Final exam period/last week of classes
Tuesday, December 11
Winter Break - College closed
Thurs.-Wed., December 22 - January 6
Registration begins (Engineers should register NOW)
Tuesday January 7
Classes begin Spring 2008
Thursday January 24
Lab is in class CH-307 during class and after class during open hour lab periods
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