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Engr215 Introduction to Design syllabus

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Welcome[edit]

Welcome to ENGR 215 Introduction to Design taught by Lonny Grafman. This is a 3-credit course aimed at introducing the student to the engineering design process, including critical analysis of problems, teamwork, design thinking and technical communication. The course meets weekly for 2 hours of lecture and 3 hours of lab. However, these "lecture" periods and "lab" periods will be used for multiple learning formats as this course will integrate lecture, discussion, student projects, computer labs and outdoor field activities. It will require active learning on your part.

Much of the following language is adapted from HSU provided content to represent this course.

Course Objectives[edit]

  • Students will learn about and experience the engineering design process with a sustainability focus.
  • Students will further develop the many computing skills needed by practicing engineers and scientists. These skills include:
    • word processing
    • spreadsheet
    • CAD (Computer Aided Design)
    • Internet skills, including email, web searches and web/wiki pages
  • Students will further develop the many communication skills needed by practicing engineers and scientists. These skills include:
    • written communication
    • verbal and visual presentation skills
    • teamwork (including feedback)

ERE Outcomes[edit]

This course addresses the following Environmental Resources Engineering student outcomes:

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies

Humboldt State University Institutional Learning Outcomes[edit]

In the course of achieving competence in a major area of study, HSU students will acquire intellectual skills and knowledge of cultures, history, and the physical and natural world that will prepare them for fulfilling careers, for thoughtful and civic participation in democratic society, and to work for sustainable, just societies.

Specifically, the HSU curriculum ensures that all graduating students will achieve competence in the seven areas of concentration and assessment described below:

  1. Equity and Social Justice: HSU graduates will be able to identify and evaluate systems of power and privilege and identify methods for creating diverse, inclusive, and racially just and equitable communities.
  2. Sustainability and Environmental Awareness: HSU graduates will be able to explain how the functions of the natural world, society, and the economy depend on the resilience, sustainability, and conservation of ecological systems.
  3. Information Literacy: HSU graduates will be able to locate, evaluate, and employ information effectively and ethically for a wide range of purposes.
  4. Critical Thinking: HSU graduates will be able to critically evaluate issues, ideas, artifacts, and evidence to guide their thinking.
  5. Written Communication: HSU graduates will be able to develop and express ideas effectively in writing.
  6. Oral Communication: HSU graduates will be able to effectively communicate orally for informational, persuasive, and expressive purposes.
  7. Quantitative Reasoning: HSU graduates will be able to apply math concepts and skills to the interpretation and analysis of quantitative information in context.

Grading[edit]

You are expected to attend and participate in all class sessions. You are expected to complete the assigned reading prior to the date indicated on the class schedule, to do most homework assignments, and to participate fully in the team projects. Your fellow students will evaluate your performance on the team projects. Attendance at all group/teamwork sessions is mandatory. If you have more than 3 unexcused absences, you will receive an F in the course.

  • 50% Design Project Report (Design Team)
    • split into 50% document, 25% project, and 25% communication.
  • 15% Peer Evaluation (Design Team)
    • split into 1 midterm and 1 final peer evaluation.
  • 8% Rube Goldberg Design Project (Design Group)
  • 22% Lab and Class assignments (Individual and Group Work)
  • 5% Class Portfolio (Individual Work)

Online assignments[edit]

Some assignments will be posted online and publicly accessible. Please feel free to use an alias for any reason (e.g. privacy, future employment ramifications, etc.). The assignments we post online are so that you can learn wiki-formatting and/or html and so that future students and community members can learn from and build upon our work.

Late Assignments[edit]

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior instructor approval will be severely penalized or not accepted.

Make-up assignments will only be accepted in extraordinary situations or by prior approval (much easier approach). Without prior approval, the reason for missing work must be substantial and quite beyond the student’s control.

Final Exam[edit]

The final exam schedule is listed on the calendar on Canvas.

Inclusivity[edit]

Students in this class are encouraged, and required to, speak up and participate in-class and online. Each of us must show respect for each other because our class represents a diversity of beliefs, backgrounds, and experiences. I believe that this is what will not only enrich all of our experiences together, but also get us the best final product and prepare us for future working environments and teams. I recognize that our individual differences can deepen our understanding of one another and the world around us, rather than divide us. In this class, people of all ethnicities, genders and gender identities, religions, ages, sexual orientations, disabilities, socioeconomic backgrounds, regions, and nationalities are strongly encouraged to share their rich array of perspectives and experiences. If you feel your differences may in some way isolate you from our classroom community or if you have a specific need, please speak with me early in the semester so that we can work together to help you become an active and engaged member of our class and community. If you have any thoughts to share with me, please do not hesitate to come by my office, catch me after class, or email.

Professional Etiquette[edit]

You can expect that I will facilitate a learning environment that is worth your time. HSU Campus Policies and Procedures defines disruptive behavior as “persistent questioning, incoherent comments, verbal attacks, unrecognized speaking out, incessant arguing, intimidating shouting, and inappropriate gestures;” this includes dominating or not participating in conversation, interrupting peers/professor, and/or being rude and impatient towards others. Such disruptive behaviors will not be tolerated. Additionally, the use of personal electronic devices or computers are not allowed unless they are part of a classroom activity (specified by instructor). If you feel that the class atmosphere is diminished by another student’s behavior please let me know.

Academic Honesty[edit]

Throughout this course, the sharing of ideas will often be educationally useful. Part of my teaching philosophy is to encourage students to learn from one another and to help fellow students to learn. The team projects illustrate the collaborative approach.

Collaboration on coursework is authorized in this course provided that it is done in the spirit of mutual learning and sharing of ideas. When this occurs, you should indicate the names of all persons with whom you collaborated. The copying of someone else’s work or ideas and representing them as your own is unethical and prohibited. As in most, if not all issues involving ethical considerations, it may be hard to know where to draw the line. If you do not provide the names of your co-workers, I will presume the collaboration is copying, not mutual learning. If you do collaborate, it must be noted and you are still responsible for understanding all the material.

You should read: The official Student Code of Conduct and HSU’s Policy of Academic Honesty.

I expect all students to abide by the HSU Code of Conduct.

Professional Ethics[edit]

Below are some URLs that provide useful information of the ASCE code of ethics for Professional Engineers and ethics for engineering and science.

Course Materials[edit]

  • Presentation materials for final project poster and for final project document
  • A maximum of $100.00 in project materials ($25 – Rube Goldberg, $75 – Design Project). This course material cost is in lieu of an engineering book, which would probably (a) be more expensive, and (b) not teach you as much as hands on learning in this design course.

Attendance[edit]

Attendance at all class/lab sessions is mandatory. If you will miss a session, you must contact your instructor in advance to arrange a make up or alternate exercise. Failure to do so will result in a grade penalty. If you have more than 3 unexcused absences, you will receive an F in the course.

Makes-ups will only be given in extraordinary situations that are verifiable and well documented. The reason for missing work must be substantial and quite beyond the student’s control. Not many excuses are accepted. The instructor will decide whether an excuse is acceptable. One criterion for acceptance of any excuse will be its timeliness. Therefore, whenever possible, inform me before the missed work is due.

Students are responsible for knowing policy regarding attendance and disruptive behavior: https://www2.humboldt.edu/studentrights/attendance-behavior

Building Access[edit]

We are incredibly lucky to have a building and resources open to students at all hours, but you MUST get a key-card to enter the building after hours. To do so, register here. As a very fair consideration, you should NEVER prop open the door to the building. If you abuse your privileges, you risk losing after hours building access.

Students with Disabilities[edit]

If you have any type of disability that may hamper your full participation in course activities, it is your responsibility to inform me of your need for accommodations as soon as possible. I expect to hear from you within the first two weeks of the semester so that appropriate accommodations can be arranged. Complete information on the services available at HSU can be found at the Student Disability Resource Center (SDRC) in House 71, 826-4678 (voice) or 826-5392 (TDD) or on their website http://www.humboldt.edu/disability/. Some accommodations may take up to several weeks to arrange.

HSU Writing Studio, Library 1st Floor[edit]

In addition to meeting with me during office hours, I encourage you to visit the Writing Studio as you work on writing assignments in this course. The Writing Studio offers free peer assistance with all kinds of writing projects in person and over email. Whatever your major or skill level, you can benefit from working one-on-one with a consultant. To schedule an in-person or email consultation, visit http://www.humboldt.edu/learning/writing-studio or call 707-826-5217. The Studio is located on the 1st floor of the Library.

More information[edit]

For more information regarding: Academic Honesty Policies, Attendance and Disruptive Behavior Policy, Complaints against Faculty Staff or Administrators, Student Code of Conduct, Animals in Classrooms or Laboratories, Dropping or Adding a Class, Campus Emergency Procedures, Counseling and Psychological Services, the Students Disabilities Resource Center, Financial Aid Office, and Academic and Career Advising Center please see http://www2.humboldt.edu/academicprograms/syllabus-addendum-campus-resources-policies.

Emergency Procedures[edit]

Please familiarize with the campus emergency procedures at http://www2.humboldt.edu/businessservices/sites/default/files/images/Emergency-Procedures_1.pdf and with the posted procedures for our classroom(s).

Previous Design Projects[edit]

See E215 Introduction to Design projects for a photo gallery view of past projects.

Previous semesters