Department of Physical Science and Engineering
Engineering Program
Welcome to Introductory Engineering!
EGR 1010 Introductory Engineering
Spring 2012

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


OTHER LOCATIONS : CH-100 (Department), the classroom proper (CAT-305), and Cyber Cafe

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


To facilitate e-mail communication with me, please include the following information: The course designation (EGR-1010) and the subject of any e-mails to me during the Spring 2012 semester. Note: All credit students (with the exception of Howard Community College students enrolled at Laurel College Center) are required to use Owl Mail for all college communication.

Example: EGR1010: Need help on vectors: CCGP07



OFFICE HOURS: M 7:15-9:30pm; TTh 5:45-7:00pm, by appointment all other times

Note: Part or all of the office hours might be in the classroom (CAT-305) as student questions warrant.


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. Included in this will be discussions of ethics and group dynamics. 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 2410 Complete or concurrent (course is calculus-based)

EGL 1010 Complete or concurrent (course assumes mastery of English)

EGR 1140 Complete or concurrent (course assumes an understanding of computer programming)
EGR 1210 is an acceptable substitute for EGR 1140


In the Engineering program at Prince George's Community College, for all credit course, students are expected to spend a minimum of 45 combined hours of instructional time and related coursework time per credit hour. This course is a 3 credit course with a portion of that credit being laboratory. This course achieves the minimum of 135 hours of instructional time by requiring 25 hours of instructional time, 42.5 hours of laboratory time and 67.5 hours of student work outside of instructional time. Minimum outside instructional time assumes the student is aiming for a C, not an A.


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 positively contribute to a team based design activity (demonstrating appropriate group dynamics) , including presentation of design review briefings, developing a simple project budget, measuring progress against the budget, and presenting design project results.

  3. Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills.

  4. Demonstrate the ability to analyze experimental data. This includes using statistical and other methods to qualitatively and quantitatively compare designs and results.

  5. Describe and apply fundamental engineering concepts to a simple problem.

  6. Describe a model and use a simulation/CEA to test said model.

  7. Use a CAD software to construct either a plane layout drawing or a three dimensional wire frame model of a physical object.

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

  9. Demonstrate the role of ethics in the engineering discipline.

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


Pocket Book for Technical Writing for Engineers and Scientists 3rd Edition .  Finkelstein, Leo.  McGraw-Hill (2007).
Engineering Formula 8th Edition.  Gieck, Kurk and Gieck, Reiner.  McGraw-Hill (2006).
Nanotechnology DeMystified.   Williams, Linda and Adams, Wade.  McGraw-Hill (2007).


Schaum's Mathematical Handbook of Formula and Tables, Murray Spiegel, McGraw-Hill (1999).
MATLAB DeMystified.   McMahon, David.  McGraw-Hill (2007).


  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, Textbooks, 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 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.

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

  3. A multi-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 grade of zero will be given to anyone who copies their projects. All work is subject to re-grade if academic dishonesty is suspected. Turn work in on time.

  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. A grade of zero will be given to anyone who copies their laboratory books (lab is a group activity, but your book is your own) and/or the report. All work is subject to re-grade if academic dishonesty is suspected. Turn work in on time.


Students are expected to attend and participate in class activities. Students who either never attended the class or who ceased attendance during the first 20 percent of the course will be assigned a "Q" grade by the instructor. The Q grade is a final grade and will not be replaced with a different grade at a later time.

Faculty are required to report the date of last attendance for each student receiving Q or F grade(s) in order for the college to report this date to a variety of federal agencies as mandated. The date of last attendance is considered the date of the student's termination from the course, regardless of the date of grade submission. Early termination from a course may result in reduction in student loans and financial aid (e.g., Pell, VA benefits) and may require the student to reimburse funds to the funding agency.


  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: 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

History is to give a sense of the past of engineering, how engineering actually works, and modern engineering

Week 2 Historical case studies in Engineering (Egypt's pyramids, First flight, and trains);first report due - others will be dependent on course progress

Week 3 Case studies on Nanotechnology; Essay assignment; Major reading assignment

Case study is to include examination of high-level subjects using professional papers (with instructor guidance). Student is expected to do all research, prepare for discussion each day, and participate

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

Week 7 Case study in engineering: Putting the laboratory all together continued

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

Week 8 Units and a mathematics review; essay describing the laboratory due

Week 9 Statics, dynamics, and materials

Week 10 Thermodynamics and optics

Week 11 Electrical circuits and computer science

Fundamentals exam (BE PREPARED!)

Student teams would be expect to pick their own subject (with approval) and proceed on their own with guidance

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 assignmentsare as follows: For class it is expected that an article or book on engineering that is appropriately technical is to be read each week.

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 or computers) 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.


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Last day to apply for spring graduation

Wednesday, February 15

Last day to change from audit to credit or credit to audit

Friday, February 17

COLLEGE CLOSED: No classes - President's Day.

Monday, February 20

Midterm - middle of semester; class will speed up

Monday, March 19

Spring break. COLLEGE CLOSED for the week. No classes.

Monday-Sunday, April 2 to April 8

Last day to withdraw from full semester classes

Friday, April 13

Last Day of regular classes for the Spring Semester

Monday, May 7

Final exam

Tuesday, May 8


Lab is in class (CAT-305) during class and after class during open hour lab periods.