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Engineering Course Information

Engineering 1: Introduction to Engineering

Prerequisite: None

This course is an introduction to the methods and tools of engineering problem solving and design, including the interface of the engineer with society and engineering ethics. While addressing the branches of engineering, the functions of an engineer, and the industries in which engineering work, this course examines the engineering education pathways and explores effective academic strategies. Communication skills pertinent to the engineering profession are also addressed.

Student Learning Outcomes for Engineering 1:

  1. Identify the main branches of engineering, the education options, and the roles and responsibilities of engineering in society.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to solve engineering problems using the engineering design process.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to evaluate personal knowledge, skills, and attitudes and identify which strategies would be most effective in reaching academic and professional success.

Engineering 1 Course Outline of Record


Engineering 11: Engineering Graphics and Design

Prerequisite: Math 2

This course covers the principles of engineering drawings to visually communicate engineering designs. The course also serves as an introduction to computer-aided design (CAD). Topics include the development of visualization skills, orthographic projections, dimensioning and tolerancing practices, and an introduction to the engineering design process. Sketching, engineering drawings, and 3D CAd solid modeling skills are developed. The use of CAD software is an integral part of the course.

Student Learning Outcomes for Engineering 11:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to generate two- and three-dimensional and pictorial drawings of solid models using Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) for an engineering product using standard drawing conventions recognized in the engineering field.

Engineering 11 Course Outline of Record


Engineering 12: Statics

Prerequisite: Physics 1 and Math 7

This course has been designed to fulfill the needs of students whose main goals are to develop an insight into engineering technology, architecture and other related fields. The main objective is to give the students the ability to analyze any simple structure, and to breakdown a more complex structure into simpler ones using the concept of Free Body Diagram. Statics is a basic engineering course, and is considered one of the more important ones, since it is the foundation of many other engineering courses such as; dynamics, strength of materials, engineering mechanics, fluid mechanics, structural analysis, etc. 

Student Learning Outcomes for Engineering 12:

  1. A student will be able to analyze a simple structure using the concept of Free Body Diagram.
  2. A student will be able to analyze a complex structure using the concept of Free Body Diagram.

Engineering 12 Course Outline of Record

 

Engineering 16: Dynamics

Prerequisite: Engineering 12

The purpose of this course is to provide essential tools for the prediction of behavior and motion of engineering systems under the action of forces. Successful prediction of the behavior of a system requires a careful formulation of the problems through both physical and mathematical reasoning. The objective of this course is to aid the students in developing a dual thought process of both physical and mathematical understanding of problems involving motion of the bodies under influence of forces. 

Student Learning Outcomes for Engineering 16:

  1. A student will be able to predict the behavior and motion of a system under the action of forces.
  2. A student will be able to describe the motion of bodies under the influence of forces both conceptually and mathematically.

Engineering 16 Course Outline of Record


Engineering 21: Circuit Analysis

Prerequisite: Physics 22      Pre/Corequisite: Math 15

This course serves as an introduction to the analysis of electrical circuits through the use of analytical techniques based on the application of circuit laws and network theorems. The course covers DC and AC circuits, containing resistors, capacitors, inductors, dependent sources, operational amplifiers, and/or switches. The analysis of these circuits include natural and forced responses of first and second order RLC circuits, the use of phasors, AC power calculations, power transfer, and energy concepts. 

Student Learning Outcomes for Engineering 21:

  1. Analyze AC and DC circuits using Kirchoff's laws, mesh and nodal analysis, and network theorems.
  2. When presented with a complex ciruit diagram, identify and analyze key components, such as amplifier circuits, divider networks, and filters.

Engineering 21 Course Outline of Record

 

Engineering 22: Circuit Analysis Lab

Pre/Corequisite: Engineering 21

This course serves as an introduction to the construction, measurement, and design of elementary electrical circuits and basic operational amplifier circuits. Students gain familiarity with the basic use of electrical test and measurement instruments, including multimeters, oscilloscopes, pwer supplies, and function generators. Using principles of circuits analysis for DC, transient, and sinusoidal steady-state (AC) conditions, students develop data interpretation skills by using ciruit simulations software and by direct measurements of circuits. Practical considerations such as component value tolerance and non-ideal aspects of laboratory instruments are also introduced. 

Student Learning Outcomes for Engineering 22:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to design and assemble simple circuits to complete a given task (i.e. amplify an electrical signal and filter out high frequencies).
  2. Utilize electronic equipment (multimeter, power supply, oscilloscope, function generator) to verify analysis of circuits.

Engineering 22 Course Outline of Record