Applied Problem Solving
Fall 2004 -Course Syllabus
Instructor: Dave Ellert, P.E.
TC 210, 464-1883, email@example.com
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.
Course Overview and Goals: The students in this class will be expected to demonstrate proficiency on applied mathematics to solve technical problems using hand based and computer generated solutions. Students will also perform experiments and computer simulations to collect and analyze data. The experiments will also require team work. Technical writing to describe the laboratory experiments and data analysis will also be taught. Prerequisites: MATH 118 and ENGR 103.
Each class period is divided into a lecture and laboratory session. During the lecture, students will be taught computational and communication procedures, analytical organization, and problem solving techniques. During the laboratory sessions students will complete their assigned projects; laboratory assignments, technical writing, computer applications, etc. Students must be present and attentive during both sessions.
Students are encouraged to ask questions during the lecture and lab portions of the class. Students are expected to bring their text and calculators to all classes.
Determine the sequence of steps required to analyze technical problems.
Prepare documented problem solutions within the software application, Excel, TK Solver
Construct flowcharts and algorithms
Write and debug software using Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) within Excel
Determine the sequential, selective and repetitive steps of a computer program
Prepare the documented instructional report to describe developed software
Prepare documented instructional report to describe operation of vertical milling equipment
Analyze laboratory data using available software
Determine descriptive statistical measures of experimental data using computer software
Compare laboratory results to theoretical predictions
Apply numeric solver software to technical problems
Construct software for numeric integration
Participate as a group member and/or leader in a study or laboratory group
Leingme, Beranrd, A Guide to Microsoft Excel for Scientists and Engineers, Third Edition, Elsevier Science, Woburn, MA, 2002, ISBN 0-7506-5613-1.
Holtzapple, Reece, Concepts in Engineering, McGraw Hill, Boston, Massachusetts, 2005, ISBN 0-07-282199-x; part of ISBN 0-07-301177-0
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, English/Metric ruler, USB 2.0 memory stick- 128 MB minimum.
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 assistantís desk, and at the Rice Library reference desk.
Engineering Fundamentals and Problem Solving Eide, etc. available at the Rice Library reserve desk.
Student Participation: Students are expected to attend each class; absenteeism may result in the lowering of the studentís grade. If you have a valid excuse for missing class, contact me..
Assignments: Assigned projects should be started during the laboratory portion of the class. The student must turn in the assignment at the start of class, 9 a.m., on the date it is due. Assignments not passed in at this time will have an increasing 20% penalty for each day it is late. Each student is expected to do their own work on each assignment and keep the completed assignments available.
Computers in TC 220 and TC 117 may be used to complete assignments when classes are not scheduled. See computer lab schedules.
Grading: Point Based System, 400 points maximum. Grades are based on the percentage of points received. Grading Scale: A (>90%) > 360 points, B (80-89%) 320-359 points, C (70-79%) 280-319 points, D (60-69%) 240-279 points, F (<60%) <240 points.
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 studentís 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 assistantís desk. Grades will be posted on MyUSI at the end of the semester.
Cheating: 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.
Last Modified: 08/25/2005