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ENGR& 104 - Introduction to Design

Credits: 5
Introduces design and communication principles using an engineering project approach. Stresses teamwork, design process, creative and analytical thinking, quantitative analysis, professionalism and ethics, social, economic and political context, and open-ended problems. Introduces the engineering design process by building group skills, understanding the effects of different learning styles, producing strategies for innovation, and fostering creativity in problem solving. Includes design projects, journal keeping, professionalism and ethical issues, and oral presentations.

Satisfies Requirement: Natural Science
Course Outcomes:
Students who successfully complete this class will be able to:

  1. Perform as an effective member of a team on a design project.
  2. Display an understanding of the engineering design competencies in teamwork, information gathering, problem definition, idea generation, evaluation and decision making, implementation, and communication, and apply these competencies to a design project.
  3. Communicate effectively in a team environment.
  4. Create focused problem definitions.
  5. Develop detailed plans, and establish effective timelines.
  6. Assign and accept operational roles and responsibilities on a team.
  7. Demonstrate critical thinking skills by solving practical engineering application problems.
  8. Manage resources, (time, people, and material) to complete projects.

Program Outcomes
  1. Use engineering principles to solve problems related to engineering mechanics.
  2. Analyze a wide variety of physical systems using Newton’s Laws and free body diagrams in 3D space.
  3. Transfer to a Bachelor’s program in Engineering with the necessary aptitude to succeed in upper-division coursework.

College-wide Outcomes
  • Critical Thinking - Critical thinking finds expression in all disciplines and everyday life. It is characterized by an ability to reflect upon thinking patterns, including the role of emotions on thoughts, and to rigorously assess the quality of thought through its work products. Critical thinkers routinely evaluate thinking processes and alter them, as necessary, to facilitate an improvement in their thinking and potentially foster certain dispositions or intellectual traits over time.
  • Responsibility - Responsibility encompasses those behaviors and dispositions necessary for students to be effective members of a community. This outcome is designed to help students recognize the value of a commitment to those responsibilities which will enable them to work successfully individually and with others.
  • Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning - Quantitative Reasoning encompasses abilities necessary for a student to become literate in today’s technological world. Quantitative reasoning begins with basic skills and extends to problem solving.
  • Written Communication - Written Communication encompasses all the abilities necessary for effective expression of thoughts, feelings, and ideas in written form.

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