
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:

Click Here to see the
office hours

PHONE
/ Email:

(615)
8982052 anasab@mtsu.edu



2. TEXT BOOK and other requirements:
1. Thinking Like an Engineer,
Stephan, et al, Pearson Publishing, 2^{nd} ed. Available at the
campus bookstore or directly from Pearson Learning Solutions.
Thinking Like an Engineer ISBN13: 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 problemsolving 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 broadlydefined
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




8082 B

8386 B

8789 B+


7072 C

7376 C

7779 C+


6062
D

6366
D

6769
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 MAKEUP 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 (8982783) 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 8982830.

10. COMPUTER USAGE:
1. Students will utilize personal computers to
analyze engineering problems
2. Excel or a highlevel computer language will be
used
3. Computer generated graphical representation of
computerassisted 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: InClass 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 (onepage)
2: ICA Instructor assigned

2

3

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

ICA3
Instructor Assigned
The Great
Egg Drop Contest

3

4

Engineering
Communication
Presentation Skills
Technical Writing
Communication Formats

ICA1 or 2
RQ 1,2,3,
or 4
RQ13

4

5

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

ICA2, 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
Rayleighs 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 184001), the date, and
your name.
2. If you have more than one sheet, the sheets should
be in order and stapled in the upper lefthand 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 significantsteps 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.
