MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY
DEPARTMENT OF ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY
COURSE SYLLABUS

1. COURSE DATA:

COURSE:

ET - 1840 Engineering Fundamentals

SECTION:

 

HOUR AND ROOM NUMBER:

MWF 9:10 – 10:05 at VET 243

INSTRUCTOR:

Ahad S. Nasab

PREREQUISITES:

Math 1730

OFFICE:

VET 241

OFFICE HOURS:

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PHONE / E-mail:

(615) 898-2052 anasab@mtsu.edu

2. TEXT BOOK and other requirements:

1. Thinking Like an Engineer, Stephan, et al, Pearson Publishing, 2nd ed. Available at the campus bookstore or directly from Pearson Learning Solutions.

Thinking Like an Engineer   ISBN-13: 9780132766715
Publisher: Pearson Learning Solutions
Copyright: 2013                          
Format: Paper spiral bound

2. A scientific calculator, a 12 inch ruler, Engineering paper

3. COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Engineering Fundamentals. Three credits. Prerequisite: MATH 1630 or MATH 1710 or MATH 1730 with a grade of C- or better or Math ACT score of 26 or better or Calculus placement test score of 73 or better. Introduces various engineering and other technology fields. Emphasis on problem-solving techniques and the use of mathematics in analyzing technical problems. Topics such as graphical representation of data, estimation, dimensions, units, error estimates, statistics, and team work addressed..

4. COURSE OBJECTIVES:

To introduce students to careers in engineering and technology, their disciplines, educational requirements and employment opportunities. The course offers an introduction to all disciplines of Engineering and Technology. Problem solving skills are stressed in working problems relating to fundamental data gathering and analysis, communication, Design, team work, and computerized modeling

ABET Learning Outcome Criteria:

This course addresses the following ABET criteria through problem solving, technical tools, as well as discussions regarding Ethics and Societal impacts of technical activities and decisions

 

a)     an ability to select and apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to broadly-defined engineering technology activities;

 

i)    an understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities
      including a respect for diversity;

 5. EVALUATION AND GRADING:

Your course grade will be calculated as follow:

Two Tests – 20 % each

40 %

Design Projects

20 % 

Homework assignments

20 %

Final Exam

20 %

100 %


 

Grades will be assigned based on the +/- grades as follows;

 

 

90 and above A

 

 

 

80-82 B-

83-86 B

87-89 B+

 

70-72 C-

73-76 C

77-79 C+

 

60-62 D-

63-66 D

67-69 D+

 

59 and below F

 

 

 

Your course grade will be determined based on the percentages described above. No "CURVE" of any kind will be used, and once your final grade is determined for the course, No FURTHER CHANGES WILL BE MADE !

A scientific calculator is required for this course

6. POLICY ON MAKE-UP WORK:

In general, no makeup exam or assignment will be given, unless the absence is excused and the instructor is notified in advance of the absence. In case of emergencies, the instructor will decide whether to allow the student to make up the missed activity

7. ATTENDANCE:

Attendance in all class lectures is strongly recommended. For specific university policies concerning class attendance, refer to the current MTSU student handbook.

8. REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

If you have a disability that may require assistance or accommodation, or you have questions related to any accommodations for testing, note takers, readers, etc., please speak with me as soon as possible. Students may also contact the Office of Disabled Students Services (898-2783) with questions about such services.

9. LOTTERY SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION:

LOTTERY SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION: To retain Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship eligibility, you must earn a cumulative TELS GPA of 2.75 after 24 attempted hours and a cumulative TELS GPA of 3.0 thereafter. A grade of C, D, F, or I in this class may negatively impact TELS eligibility. Dropping a class after 14 days may also impact eligibility. If you withdraw from this class and it results in an enrollment status of less than full time, you may lose eligibility for your lottery scholarship. For additional lottery scholarship rules please refer to your Lottery Statement of Understanding form, review lottery scholarship requirements on the web at http://scholarships.web.mtsu.edu/telsprogram.htm, or contact the MTSU financial aid office at 898-2830.

10. COMPUTER USAGE:

1. Students will utilize personal computers to analyze engineering problems

2. Excel or a high-level computer language will be used

3. Computer generated graphical representation of computer-assisted problems is required.

 

11. TENTATIVE SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES:

WEEK

Chap

TOPIC

Assignments

 

Since the chapter numbers may be different in different printing of the text, refer to the chapter TITLE as a reference

 

TESTS dates will be announced in Class

RQ: Review Question
ICA: In-Class Activity

1

1

 

 

 

2

Introduction to the course
 
EVERYDAY ENGINEERING
Careers in Engineering
The Technology Team
The Technical Disciplines
Educational Requirements
Challenges in Engineering and other technical fields

ETHICS
Ethical decision making,
Plagiarism
Engineering CREED
Social Responsibilities
ICA – 1 or 2 or 3
ICA – 5 or 6 or 7 or 8

1: RQ -1 (one-page)

 

 

 

 

2: ICA – Instructor assigned

2

3

Design and Team Work
The Design Process
Brainstorming
Experiments and Evaluation
Teams

ICA-3 – Instructor Assigned

 

The Great Egg Drop Contest

3

4

Engineering Communication
Presentation Skills
Technical Writing
Communication Formats

ICA-1 or 2

RQ – 1,2,3, or 4
RQ-13

4

5

ESTIMATION
 Estimation by Analogy
 Estimation by Aggregation
 Estimation by Bounds
 Estimation by Modeling
 Significant Figures
Reasonableness
Std Notation

ICA-2, 3, 5, 6

RQ – 1,2,3,4, 5

5

6

PROBLEM SOLVING – SOLVEM
Definition of Problem
Choosing right Equations
Representing Results

ICA -1 – instructor assigned
ICA – 2,3,4, or 5

RQ – 3,4, or 5

6

7

UNITS
Metric System
English System
Unit Conversion
Derived Dimensions
Conversion by Equations

ICA – 1, 3, 6, 8
RQ – 1,4,8,12,16,19,23,29,33

7

8

UNIVERSAL UNITS
Force, Weight
Density, amount
Temperature, Pressure
Energy, Power, Efficiency

ICA – 1,3,6, 21

RQ – 1,6,11,14,21,24,28,43,58,67, 78,90, 104

8

9

DIMENSIONLESS NUMBERS
Common numbers
Dimensional Analysis
Rayleigh’s method - skip

ICA – 1 (a,b,d,e,i,l), 5,

RQ – 1, 2, 10 (a,c,h,l),

9

10

EXCEL WORKBOOKS
Cell referencing
Functions
Logics and Conditions
LOOKUP and Validation
Conditional Formatting
Sorting and Filters

ICA – Instructor assigned

RQ – 2, 8, 15

10

11

GRAPHICAL METHODS
Terminology
Graph types
Graph Interpretation
Auto Calculations: Iterations
Auto Calculations: Slider Bars

ICA – instructor assigned

RQ – 3, 16, 23

11

12

MODELS AND SYSTEMS
Linear functions
Power functions
Exponential functions

ICA – 8, 10, 13

RQ – 3, 12

12

13

MATHEMATICAL MODELS
Selecting a trendline
Logarithmic graphs
Conversion of scales to LOG
Graph Limitations

ICA – 1, 3, 7, 11

RQ – 1, 4, 6

13

14

STATISTICS
Histograms
Averages and Spread of data
Distributions

RQ – 1, 3, 7

14

15

Statistics in EXCEL

RQ – 7

Other activities assigned by instructor

15

Review

Review of the Course and other topics

Instructor assigned

Dec 12  

Sec. 00

10 a.m. – 12 noon

Final

 

HOMEWORK FORMAT: for PAPER homeworks only

Paper homeworks, if assigned, must conform to the following requirements. Failure to satisfy any of these will result in the lowering of your homework grade.

1. Homework must be done on the green or tan engineering paper. The three large title blocks at the top should contain respectively: the course number and section (e.g., ET 1840-01), the date, and your name.

2. If you have more than one sheet, the sheets should be in order and stapled in the upper left-hand comer.

3. Each problem must have a brief statement of the "given" and "required" followed by the solutions.

4. Work must be done in pencil, not ink.

5. All significant-steps of the solution must be shown and in a neat orderly manner. An answer without supporting work will be worthless.

6. All problems must, where appropriate, be accompanied by a neat sketch. Generally, it is better to put the sketch on the right side of the page.

7. The final answer must be underscored with a double line. Also, on answers pay particular attention to signs and/or directions and units.

8. When more than one problem appears on the same sheet, the problems must be separated by a long horizontal line.

9. The problem number should appear at the upper left, preceding the given statement.

10. Homework is due at the beginning of the period of the due date. Late homework will not be graded. If you are unable to submit your homework on time due to sickness or the like, explain the reason to the instructor.

11. No work is to appear on the back of the page.