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).
Idaho National Engineering (INL)
Mary M. Hofle
LEL 214 (Engineering Bldg.)
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.
The use of Microsoft Word , Excel, and a calculator will be required for this course.
Map of Course Goals to Program Outcomes:
Goals 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Assessment of Course Goals:
Assessment Course Goals
Tools 1 2 3 4
Hwk and/or Exams
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,
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.
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: