Introduction to Engineering

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Course Description:
This course is an introductory course to the engineering and technology professions with emphasis on the spectrum of knowledge, work opportunities, and careers. The student is introduced to engineering work habits, responsibilities, communications, problem solving techniques, and technical calculations. The various engineering specialties will be presented. Presentations will be made by working professionals in the local engineering and technical community. The student will complete a series of exercises and projects.


Course Details


Eligibility for MAC 1105, College Algebra, and a basic understanding of Windows/Microsoft Office



Nikole Bethea


Required textbooks/ course materials:

Moaveni, Saeed. Engineering Fundamentals, 6th ed., Cengage Publishing.  ISBN: 9781337705011


Assignment/course outline:

See your Instructor First Day Handout for individual instructor assignment schedule.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

Program Learning Outcome: To communicate effectively orally, in writing, and through visual media.


Course-level learning outcomes:

Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods

Outline a basic history of a specific engineering discipline.

Discuss the professional and ethical responsibilities of engineers.

Demonstrate creativity in problem solving process.

Employ engineering design methods.

Utilize technical communication methods.

Solve problems requiring technical mathematical concepts.

Infer a conclusion based upon statistical information.

Query and display engineering and technical data.

Use technical resources and software to present engineering projects and reports.

Present case studies of engineering applications and problems.

 Demonstrate mastery of computer aided drafting (CAD) by constructing engineering, mechanical, and geometrical drawings. 

Demonstrate ability to sketch, letter, and generate line-work to describe various objects.

Demonstrate ability to read and produce drawings involving orthographic projection, sections, pictorial and auxiliary views.

Demonstrate a wide range of mathematical skills including plane trigonometry, strength of materials, technical, and other engineering problems, including theories learned in engineering mechanics.

Demonstrate ability to use standard surveying equipment to make measurements and calculations to run a traverse, establish levels, keep notes and produce required drawings.

Demonstrate ability to analyze physical and mechanical properties of soil and concrete.

Demonstrate ability to solve basic hydraulic problems using the theory of incompressible fluids.

Demonstrate on-site skills required to establish grades, locate property lines and utilities and produce plots and calculate cut and fill by average-end-area.

Quizzes, Unit Tests, Skills Dmonstration and Performance, Projects/Presentation, Final Exam



Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

Learning outcomes are determined by measuring the ability of each student to retain the learning objectives of the course. Performance-based methods, such as completion of assigned projects, general knowledge tests, oral and written presentations of assignments, group discussions, observation of mastery of critical skills and analysis of the final product will determine the final grade on this course.


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