EGR 120 Syllabus

Division: Arts and Sciences                                                                                                                      Date:   February 2014

Curricula in Which the Course is Taught:  Science, Engineering, Liberal Arts

Course Number and Title:  EGR 120 Introduction to Engineering

Credit Hours:  2       Hours/Wk Lecture: 1          Hours/Wk Lab: 3     Lec/Lab Comb: 4



I.       Catalog Description:  

1.    Introduces the engineering profession, disciplines, professional concepts, ethics, and responsibility. Reviews hand calculators, number systems, and unit conversions. Utilizes the personal computer and operating systems. Includes engineering problem solving techniques using computer software.

2.    In this class, engineering research, design, analysis, problem solving, algorithm, hands-on operation and teamwork are integrated and emphasized through several hands-on team projects, including the LegoŽ MindstormsTM Robot lab activities.

3.    Engineering modeling and graphing skills are introduced and strengthened using Microsoft Excel.

4.    Technical writing skills and oral presentation skills are practiced throughout the semester.


II.    Relationship of the Course to Curricula Objectives in which course is taught:  This is a transfer level engineering course that introduces students to the profession of engineering.

III. Required Background: MTH163 or equivalent

  1. Course Content:

1.    Engineering disciplines and professions

2.    Engineering research, design and analysis

3.    Problem defining and solving

4.    Engineering modeling and graphing

5.    Algorithm development

6.    Hands-on projects and teamwork

7.    Ethics

8.    Written and Oral Communication (reports and oral presentations)


V.    Learner Outcomes:

VI.   Evaluation:

       Students will be able to:


Students will be evaluated based upon their performance in the classroom discussions, homework, tests, quizzes and other assignments as deemed necessary by the faculty.



A.   Understand different engineering disciplines;


B.   Understand engineering ethics and be able to apply engineering ethics to real-life decision making and judgment;


C.   Develop engineering problem solving paradigms;


D.   Improve hands-on operation skills through hands-on projects and NXT robot lab activities;


E.   Demonstrate engineering research, design and analysis skills;


F.    Demonstrate effective teamwork and communication skills;


G.   Exercise simple engineering modeling and graphing using Excel;


H.   Write technical documentations;


I.      Improve professional presentation skills.

VII.  This course supports the following objectives:

DCC Educational Objectives:

Critical Thinking

Quantitative Reasoning
Scientific Reasoning