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					                    ENGR 120: Introduction to Engineering
                                 Spring Semester 2007
                              ISU College of Engineering
                                  T TH 1:00 – 1:50 pm
                     Pocatello – LIBR B35, Idaho Falls – CHE 314

Course Description: Introduction to engineering problem solving, engineering design,
analysis of contemporary, societal issues and methods of presenting engineering
information. Design project and/or presentations of current engineering challenges.
COREQ: Math 147. Required course (2 credits).

Ali Siahpush
Idaho National Engineering (INL)
Phone: 526-8708

Mary M. Hofle
LEL 214 (Engineering Bldg.)
Phone: 282-3148

Textbook: NA

Course Goals:
This course is meant to be an introduction to engineering. Students will learn about the
different engineering disciplines, the design process, communication techniques,
planning and organization, ethics and professionalism, contemporary issues in
engineering, statistics and engineering tools, and the importance of life long learning.
After taking this course the students will have achieved the goals listed below.

1. Gain an understanding of the engineering profession and what it means to be an
   engineer, engineering challenges, and career opportunities.
2. Gain experience in solving engineering problems and understand the impact of the
3. Gain experience using engineering tools.
4. Improve communication skills.

Computer Tools:
The use of Microsoft Word , Excel, and a calculator will be required for this course.
Map of Course Goals to Program Outcomes:

                                      Program Outcomes
        Goals 1       2     3    4   5    6  7    8  9          10   11    12   13
         1                                                  
         2                                                        
         3                                                           
         4                                       

Assessment of Course Goals:

                          Assessment              Course Goals
                             Tools            1     2    3    4
                       Speaker Summaries                     
                         Case Study(ies)                     
                        Report(s)/Paper(s)                  
                       Hwk and/or Exams               

Program Outcomes:
1. Ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, and interdisciplinary science and
2. Ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
3. Ability to design components, systems, or processes to meet desired specifications,
    including incorporating key aspects of business practices.
4. Ability to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams.
5. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
6. Understanding of professional and ethical responsibility to society, their profession,
    and themselves.
7. Ability to communicate effectively through written, oral, and graphical media.
8. Understanding of the importance of engineering contributions in a global and societal
9. Ability to seek, and an understanding of the importance and need for, life-long
10. Knowledge and understanding of contemporary issues.
11. Ability to effectively select and use the modern engineering techniques, skills, and
    tools necessary to solve engineering problems.
12. Familiarity with State and regional industries, and State and federal agencies, and the
    ability to succeed in employment as an engineer in these areas.
13. Ability to enter and succeed in an advanced degree program.

Grading: Your grade will be based on the following:
Homework/Case Study/Reports/Summaries – 60%
Class attendance and participation – 40%

                        ENGR 120 Introduction to Engineering (2 credits)
                                  Idaho State University Fall 2007
                                      (Tentative Course Outline)
Week         Dates                             Topics                            Assignment
  1     Jan 9, 11         Introduction, What to Expect and Planning
  2     Jan 16, 18        Planning and Organization                       Assignment 1
 Ali    Jan 23, 25        Communication Skills (C.S.)                     Assignment 2
  4     Jan 30, Feb 1 C.S. Continue                                       Assignment 3
  5     Feb 6, 8          Design Process                                  Assignment 4
  6     Feb 13, 15        Design Process Cont./Speaker                    Assignment 5
  7     Feb 20, 22        Ethics/Professionalism                          Assignment 6
  8     Feb 27, Mar 1 Statistics                                          Assignment 7
  9     Mar 6, 8          Contemporary Issues and Life Long Learning Assignment 8
 10     Mar 12 to 16 Spring Break                                         No class
 11     Mar 20, 22        Computer Science Speaker                        Summary
 12     Mar 27, 29        Civil Engineering Speaker                       Summary
 13     Apr 3, 5          Electrical Engineering Speaker                  Summary
 14     Apr 10, 12        Mechanical Engineering Speaker                  Summary
 15     Apr 17, 19        Nuclear Engineering Speaker                     Summary
 16     Apr 24, 26        Final Design Competition
 17     May 1, 3           Final Design Competition (Dead Week)           Presentation by students
 18     May 7 to 11       Final Week                                      (no class)
     Note: Instructor reserves the right to change the schedule as deemed necessary.

     Course Requirements:
     1. Any form of cheating on individual homework assignments, papers, or reports
        will result in an F for the course. This includes looking at another person’s exam or
        copying another person’s work for projects or homework..
     2. Homework assignments will be due at the beginning of the class period on the date
     3. Late homework assignments will not be accepted.
     4. Assignments should be done on engineering (green) paper (white lined paper is
        allowed). The format specified in class must be followed.
     5. No cell phones or any other communication devices in class. If you own such a
        device, you must turn it off during the duration of the class.
     6. Attendance, good attitude, and class participation are all part of your grade. Please
        come prepared to class.
     7. The instructor reserves the right to modify the course outline and policies mentioned
        in this syllabus at any time during the semester.
     8. Students will be expected to participate in class discussions. Students will further be
        encouraged to read material from magazines and journals so as to obtain current
        information in their chosen field of engineering.

Students with Disability:
Our program is committed to all students achieving their potential. If you have a
disability or think you have a disability (physical, learning disability, hearing, vision,
psychiatric), which may need a reasonable accommodation, please contact the ADA
Disabilities & Resource Center located in Graveley Hall, Room 123, 282-3599 as early as

For guidance on student conduct and definitions of various academic terms please see the
student reference handbook:


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