ENGR 103 Fall 2005 Course Syllabus
Instructor: Dave Ellert, P.E. (ENGR 103.001)
Office Hours: Mon. 11:30 A.M. until 12:30 P.M.
Tue. 9:00 A.M. until 11:00 A.M.
Wed. 1:00 P.M. until 2:00 P.M.
Thurs. 9:00 A.M. until 11:00 A.M. and 2:00 P.M. until 4:00 P.M.
Office: Technology Center Room 210
Phone / Email: 464–1883, firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor: Eric Sprouls, P.E. (ENGR 103.002)
Office Hours: Mon., Wed, Fri. 11:00 A.M. until 12:00 P.M.
Wed. 1:00 P.M. until 3:00 P.M.
Office: Technology Center Room 206
Phone / Email: 464–1892, ESprouls@usi.edu
Course Overview: First day 2 hour lecture, second day for 2 hour recitation - This course is intended to give students problem solving principles essential for academic success in engineering courses. Additional topics include unit conversions, significant figures, word problems, logic, functions, graph preparation and analysis, dimensional analysis, statistical analysis, and technical documentation. There will be three 2 hour labs which will occur in lieu of recitation.
This course is intended for engineering students who are currently enrolled or have previously taken MA118 (College Algebra and Trigonometry).
PHYS 101 is not a requirement. It is a recommended class for those students who did not take physics in high school or who feel they don’t have a good background in the basics.
Course Objectives: This course is intended to achieve the following objectives:
List organized steps of a problem solving method
Prepare documented problem solutions
Identify the known and unknown variables in complex problems
Select the correct geometrical principles to solve a problem
Select the correct trigonometry principles to solve a problem
Apply Newton's laws to solve two dimensional static force problems
Prepare a free body diagram for two dimensional force systems
Prepare hand drawn sketches including dimensions
Construct hand drawn rectilinear graphs
Obtain straight line function (y = mx + b) coefficients
Construct hand drawn semi log graphs
Obtain exponential function (y = K e mx) coefficients
Construct hand drawn log-log graphs
Obtain power function (y = K x m) coefficients
Prepare documented laboratory report
Analyze laboratory data
Compare laboratory results to theoretical predictions
Use prepared graphs to interpolate data
Identify dependent and independent variables in a experiment
Participate as a group member and/or leader in a study group
Participate as a group member and/or leader in a laboratory group
Analyze and evaluate the ethical issues involved in well known engineering topics
Beer/McMurrey, A Guide to Writing as an Engineer, Wiley, 2005, ISBN 0-471-43074-9
Other Required Materials:
TI – 83 (plus) calculator
Engineering Computation Paper (green paper)
English / Metric ruler
Right Triangle (min. 8" long) or straight edge for graphing
French curve(s) for graphing
Math Supplement to Concepts in Engineering. For online viewing see link in MyUSI or use web address on page xi of Concepts in Engineering text. Printed version available in the engineering office next to the administrative assistant’s desk, and at the Rice Library reference desk.
Engineering Fundamentals and Problem Solving Eide, etc (ENGR 107 text) and Conceptual Physics (PHYS 101 text) available at the Rice Library reserve desk.
Attendance and Student Participation: The attendance policy for this course is covered in the USI Student Handbook. Be aware that absenteeism may result in the lowering of the student’s grade. The Monday class consists of a lecture followed by the a short assignment. The Tuesday/Wednesday recitation (Sections ENGR 103.001 & .002 respectively) will consist of Instructor individual review and small groups that work together to complete individual submitted homework assignments.
An absent attendance will be excused if it is arranged ahead of time with the Instructor.
Each main topic will be divided into a lecture and recitation. During the lecture, students will be taught computational and communication procedures, analytical organization, and problem solving techniques.
During the recitation, students will complete their assignments and handouts. Students must be present and attentive while the assignments are handed out and discussed. Also during class periods students will periodically be given unannounced quizzes.
A = 100 – 90%
B = 89 – 80%
C = 79 – 70%
D = 69 – 60%
F = 59 – 0%
Point Based System (600 available points)
Tests 3 @100 points each 300 points
Final 1 @ 150 points 150 points
Homework, Lab Reports,
Quizzes, and Attendance 150 points
Total 600 points
A plus(+) will be added to a B, C, or D for midpoint or higher grade. eg. 85 = B+
Assignments: Reading is to be completed before class. Assignments (Homework and Lab Reports) will be worked on during the recitation and turned in at the end of class or at the beginning of the next class to receive full credit. Each student is expected to do his own work on each assignment and keep the completed assignments in a three-ring notebook.
Assignments are to be turned in on the due date for full credit. Assignments will be marked down 10% for each 24-hour period of tardiness. Once solutions are posted, or worked out in class, late homework will not be accepted.
Tests and Quizzes: Quizzes will be given at the discretion of the instructor. A preliminary test schedule is contained in the syllabus. The actual date of each test will be announced one week prior to the examination.
General Information: As in every class, take comprehensive notes. Everything that the instructor writes down, you should write in your notes. You should additionally take notes on some things that the instructor verbalizes but does not write down.
Bring a calculator, Concepts Textbook, and engineering paper to every class.
Make-up exams will be allowed only for pre-approved, excused absences. A doctor or USI clinic note is required for missing an exam due to an illness. Documentation is necessary for absence due to family emergencies. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the Instructor prior to the exam if he/she cannot attend the exam at the regular scheduled time. Quizzes can not be made up.
Neither quizzes nor assignments will be accepted unless they are printed neatly, in pencil, on the front side only (non-grid side) of engineering green paper, following the engineering method, and stapled.
Course material will be available through MyUSI (access through www.usi.edu), and will be made available in the class binder located in the engineering department office, next to the administrative assistant’s desk. Grades will be posted on MyUSI at the end of the semester.
You are encouraged to study and work together in this course. However, when you present homework or other materials under your signature, you affirm that you produced their contents. Cheating or plagiarism, if they occur, will be reported to the Engineering Department Chair, and may result in expulsion from the class. Please refer to the relevant statements in the Student Handbook.
Class Schedule: See separate document for the class schedule. The instructor retains the prerogative of changing or adjusting the course syllabus to best accommodate the pace of progression and the needs of the students.
Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance: If you have a disability, you are encouraged to register for disability support services in the Counseling Center. If you require an accommodation, please advise the instructor by the end of the first week of class. You may be required to provide written documentation to support these accommodations. The instructor will work with you to provide reasonable accommodations to ensure that you have a fair opportunity to perform and participate in class. 08/25/2005