Introduction to Engineering Syllabus for 2021-2022
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ENGR-1201-003 Introduction to Engineering


Prerequisite: MATH 1414 with a minimum grade of C.

Course Description

An introduction to the engineering profession with emphasis on technical communication and team-based engineering design.

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(2 sem hrs; 1 lec, 3 lab)

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On Campus Course

Syllabus Information


The Textbook is Required

This book is available in the Amarillo College Bookstore:

Engineering Fundamentals - An Introduction To Engineering, 6th Edition by Saeed Moaveni, Instructor V. Miles

ISBN 978-1-337705011


Required:  3 ring binder

Student Performance

After completing this course, the student will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the following topics with 70% accuracy as evaluated by the engineering faculty:

  1. Describe the engineering profession and engineering ethics, including professional practice and licensure.
  2. Use technical communication skills to explain the analysis and results of introductory laboratory exercises in engineering and computer science.
  3. Explain the engineering analysis and design process.
  4. Analyze data collected during laboratory exercises designed to expose students to the different engineeering disciplines.
  5. Describe the inpact engineering has had on the modern world.
  6. As part of a team, design a simple engineering device, write a design report ande present the design.
  7. Demonstrate computer literacy.

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Expected Student Behavior

Students are expected to behave in the classroom in a manner that is supportive of the learning environment. Behaviors that are not supportive include, but are not limited to: tardiness/leaving early; electronic device noises; texting or using electronic devices for non-course related activities during the lecture; talking during the lecture; abusive, offensive, and/or disrespectful language or demeanor toward AC faculty, staff, students, and/or Amarillo College property.

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Students who fail to comply with the standards outlined in the syllabus and/or AC's Student Rights & Responsibilities document will be subject to disciplinary action which may include, but is not limited to: removal from the classroom; consultation with the Math, Engineering & Physical Sciences Department Chair and/or other AC authority; withdrawal from the course and/or Amarillo College.

For a full discussion of appropriate behavior and student responsibilities, please refer to the Student Rights & Responsibilities Handbook.

Grading Criteria

The final grades of A (90-100), B (80-89), C (70-79), D (60-69), and F (below 60) will be computed as the average of the earned grades as follows:

Assignments/Quiz: 10%

Life Long Learning Activities: 10%

Major Exams: (3 @ 15% each) 45%

Design Project: 20%

Final Exam: 15%


Expect to have weekly assignments, which may result in completion at home. Video assignments, lab activites and alternative lessons beyond traditional lectures will be given throughout the semester to aid  with technical content and peer to peer exchange of information. Students will be grouped in teams and must participate as they are being observed during lab and other class activities.  Any written assignment, unless it is provided as a handout, must meet the format requirements at the end of this document; this format will aid you when you take advanced engineering courses.  If there is a quiz, it will be given during the first five (5) minutes of class and cannot be made up so please be on time.  I will drop a total of three assignment/quiz grades. 

All assignments must be done neatly; if it cannot be read, I will not grade it, and a grade of zero (0) will be given for the assignment. Collaboration between students is allowed and there will be times, preannounced, when EACH STUDENT must turn in an ORIGINAL, COMPLETE assignment.  The instructor reserves the right to grade any number of problems.

No credit will be given for late assignments.

You must attend class to learn about course content, complete assignments and collaborate with classmates on lab assignments and the design project. The textbook and required supplies must be brought to class since some class work is identified in the textbook. Since this is an introductory engineering course, a notebook must be maintained with your dated notes and work; your notebook will be checked and graded twice. 

Homework Format:

Each problem must be started on a new page.

Homework presentations shall be as follows:

  • Heading on each page. 
  • Place your name in the top right portion of each page and to the right of your name number the pages, such as 1/3, 2/3, 3/3. 
  • Place ENGR- 1201-001 in the top left portion of each page.
  • Homework sets should be stapled upper left and then vertically folded in half. The student’s name, course and section number, date and the problems included shall be placed on the outside sheet with the fold to the left.

                           Janie Smith

                           ENGR 1201-001


                 2-4, 6, 9

  • Restate the problem at the top of the page. Write it all out – every word.  This will help you when you study for the exams.
  • Show all significant steps in a single column on the left side of the page.  It should be clear why each step is taken.
  • There should be one = sign per line as you move down the page and simplify.  You do not simplify by working across the page with multiple = signs.  That is not a professional format. 
  • Any steps shown in a second column or following a second =  sign will not be graded and will result in a reduction in your grade. 
  • Draw figures to the right of the analysis steps and clearly label as needed with dimensions, labels, and units.
  • Underline important intermediate results, as needed.
  • Box (not circle) final results.

Life Long Learning Activities

As an engineer, you will need to continue lifelong learning throughout your career.  You will attend workshops, tour work sites, interview clients, among other duties.  To support the goal of lifelong learning outside of the classroom, the Engineering Department will provide opportunities for activities including, but not limited to: club meetings, community service, meetings with advisors/mentors, independent projects such as preparation of a possible schedule to complete your degree, and tours to broaden your education.  Currently there are plans to provide at least 16 opportunities and you must complete four (4) activities; make plans to do one (1) activity each month during the semester to avoid the stress of doing them all in the last week of class.  Providing the evidence of your participation in all four activities will count as 10%  credit toward your final grade. You only need to complete 4 activities per semester since the same activities can be used for all your engineering classes. However be sure to submit a copy of  your evidence of completion to each of your engineering professors.   


Each exam will count as 15% of your final grade. The calendar has a placeholder for each exam so be sure to mnake time to complete the assessment during the required time frame. Absence from an exam will incur a zero (0) unless the student has received prior approval from the instructor or there is an emergency that could not be circumvented. Students who miss an exam because of College or business-related activities should notify the instructor before the absence occurs.

NOTE:  Exams may be given in class or during class time in the Math Testing Center.  If you have been found to have cheated on a test including helping another student cheat a grade of zero (0) may be given for the entire course

Grading of Exams:  Partial credit will only be given if the student work is logically developed, with clear and well-marked diagrams, with the appropriate fundamental and auxiliary equations prominently displayed, where the substitutions into the equations are quite clear, and the assumptions used are quite obvious to the grader. It is the student’s responsibility to present his/her work so clearly that the grader can quickly ascertain the location and nature of the error(s) and can easily follow the subsequent work through to the now incorrect solution of the problem.  Thus, the student’s contribution, needed to obtain partial credit, is to be able to clearly lead the grader through the student’s thought process on the exam page alone.

Design Project

The design project will be completed in groups assigned by the instructor. The design project will count the same weight as an exam toward the final exam grade. Concepts taught in class will be incorporated into the design project throughout the semester. A written report and oral presentation including a PowerPoint slideshow are primary components of the project. Each group will select from a reduced list of challenges from the website: and prepare at least one slide for the  8 steps of the engineering design process identified in the text (see Chapter 3). Your team lead will work with the team lead in Engineering Graphics (ENGR1304) so that your team is better able to produce a technical drawing and/or a prototype. 


Attendance is essential for successful completion of the course. In order to promote consistent attendance, classwork is regularly assigned and in-class quizzes may be periodically given. Late work will not be accepted and in-class quizzes may be not be made up.

There will be a Syllabus Assignment Due In Class on February 1, 2022. If you do not come to class prior to the Census Date, Feb. 2, 2022, you will be administratively dropped from the class.  Please remember the deadline for dropping a class at Amarillo College during the Spring 2022 semester is April 21. If you stop attending class and do not officially drop the course by this deadline, and your final average is below a 60, you will receive an F for the course.

Below is the projected course calendar; any updates to the detailed calendar can be found on Black Board. 


Week 1

Introductions; Syllabus Review, Chapters 1 and 2

Week 2

Chapter 5

Week 3

Chapter 3

Week 4

Chapter 4 and  6

Week 5

Chapters  3 and 7; Lab ; Test 1

Week 6

Chapters 8 and 9

Week 7

Chapters 9,10; Lab

Week 8

Chapter 16; Design Project Templates 

Spring Break

No Classes March 12 - 20, 2022

Week 9

Chapter 11; Lab; Test 2

Week 10

Chapter 12; Lab

Week 11

Chapter 13

Week 12

Team Huddles; Finalize Project Needs; Test 3

Week 13

Project Dry-Runs

Week 14

Final Project Presentations

Week 15

Final Written Report; Final Exam Review

Week 16

Final Exam

Additional Information

The best way to contact me is during office hours or via email. Hard work, positive attitude and team work are expected. Remember, as an engineer, you are a problem solver!

Syllabus Created on:

01/14/22 2:02 PM

Last Edited on:

01/17/22 9:14 PM