Course Meeting Times and Places:

12:30 – 1:18 p.m. – M – Room 224 HI – Basics Skills

11:30 – 12:18 p.m. – W – Room 224 HI – Basics Skills

12:30 – 1:18 p.m. – W – Room 224 HI – Teamwork – Basic Skills & Lab Reports

11:30 – 1:18 p.m. – F – Room 214 HI – Hands-on Laboratory

11:30 – 1:18 p.m. – F – Room 216 HI – Hands-on Laboratory


Instructional Team: 

Basics Instructor:            


Teaching Assistants:     


Peer Mentors:           


Course Objectives: This course is designed to help students develop an understanding and appreciation of engineering, the problems solved and contributions made by engineers from various disciplines, and the engineering design process. Students will learn and practice fundamental skills useful to engineering students and professional engineers in many fields. In addition, students will develop their study skills and improve their understanding of material in their technical courses during the teamwork portion of the course.  This course is divided into two segments:  (1) Basic Skills and ( 2) Hands-on Laboratory.


Basic Skills:  During the two one-hour sessions each week on Basic Skills, students will be introduced to skills important to most engineers and given an opportunity to practice those skills.  Homework assignments will be made in each session and will be due on the date indicated on the syllabus. Each session’s assignment is worth a maximum of 20 points if turned in on time and 14 points if turned in by the beginning of the next session.  Papers received more than one session late will be marked but will not earn credit. One mid-term exam and one final exam will be given.  Exams are given closed book, closed notes, closed outside resources.  Note: No food or beverages are allowed in the classrooms.


In the one-hour Teamwork session, students will work in groups on Basic Skills, Lab Reports or Pre-Labs or on topics from their Math and Chemistry. The Teaching Assistant and Peer Mentors will move among the groups, coaching students on approaches to the problems, helping students to understand important concepts, and suggesting useful references as needed. Topics for group discussion may be concepts presented in one of the technical courses or assigned problems from those courses.


Hands-On Laboratory:  Each week students will attend one 2-hour Hands-on Laboratory session. For the first 5 weeks, the laboratories will include activities related to the design, performance, and components of a one-time-use camera. The second 5 weeks, students will be working with a bicycle. During the laboratory sessions, students will perform a variety of hands-on activities including disassembling and reassembling objects, testing components, and collecting and analyzing data.  Homework assignments will include gathering additional information from the internet or library, solving problems related to the lab work, and preparing lab reports. Students will also prepare and present an oral report. Each assignment will be graded. A few questions on important concepts covered in the laboratories will be included on the final exam.  Teams can assemble during the Teamwork portion of the course on Wednesday to work on group lab reports or Pre-Lab study.


The contribution of each course segment to the overall course grade is as follows:

            Basic Skills                                                  40%

                 Daily assignments                                   20%

                 Midterm exam                                          20%

            Hands-on Laboratory                               30%

                 Weekly assignments                               20%

                 Oral presentation                                     10%

Final Exam                                                   30%



Attendance is mandatory for all components (Basic Skills, Teamwork and Hands-On Laboratory).  Students are subject to losing points for absences unless prior approval is obtained from your Basics Instructor or Teaching Assistant.


Academic Misconduct such as cheating or plagiarism will be reported using official University procedures.  Policies and procedures can be found in a Synopsis of the Code of Student Conduct included in each quarter’s Master Schedule Book.  The Code of Conduct is printed in the Student Handbook and Student Telephone Directory.  Copies may be obtained from the Office of Student Judicial Affairs, 2050 Drake Union.


Students with Disabilities:  Course materials and exercises can be made available in alternative formats.  Please contact the instructor or the Office for Disability Services (292-3307) for further information.


Course Materials:  The following materials are required for this course:

·        Introduction to Engineering - I Materials Package

·        Introduction to Engineering – I Course Book Packet*(available at the OSU bookstore)

·        Floppy disks - 3.5” High Density disks.

·        Mechanical pencil, eraser, 6” scale (inches and metric) - sold as a group in a blue pocket protector at the OSU Bookstore.

·        A Kodak MAX Flash One-Time-Use Camera

·        There are two versions of the Book Packet.  One version (with 3 textbooks) is for students who took ENG 194.09 and who have already purchased one of the four required textbooks.  The other version (with four textbooks) is for students who did not take ENG 194.09.  Be sure to check at the bookstore for the correct version.


Daily Syllabus





Assignments Due

Basics 1

Buy Camera


Review Syllabus; Introductions, Course Organization, WebCT and Content


Camera Lab 1

·         Procedure

Develop film, Get camera back

Assign Teams; Introduction to engineering design process and single-use camera; Estimating shutter speed, focal length, etc.


Basics 2

Excel Problem 1

Microsoft Excel – spreadsheets and graphs

Journal Entry #1 Due

Basics 3

·         Excel Problem 2

·         Read IGCE- Ch1 (all), Ch2: sections 1-4.1, 4.3

Microsoft Excel – trendlines and formulas

Excel Problem 1

Camera Lab 2

·         Procedure

·         Disassembly

·         O-Scope

·         Experimental Error

·         Camera Lab 3 Prelab;

·         Camera Lab 2 Report

Mechanism design and introduction to measurement techniques; disassemble camera; estimate shutter speed. Bring photos from Lab 1 to Lab 2!






Basics 4

·         Dwg 1, 2;

·         Read IGCE – Ch2: section 4.2- to end of section 4

Communication by Sketching and Isometric Pictorials

Excel Problem 2

Camera Lab 3

·         Camera Lab 4 Prelab;

·         Camera Lab 3 Report

Camera as an information appliance; optics


Bring the photos you took and the negatives with you to class

·         Camera Lab 3 Prelab;

·         Camera Lab 2 Report

Basics 5

·         Dwg 3,4;

·         Read IGCE– Ch2: sections 5,6, & 8

Introduction to Isometric Ellipse and Multi-view Projections

Dwg 1, 2

Basics 6

Dwg 5,6

More Multi-view Drawings Skills

·         Dwg 3,4

·         Journal Entry #2 Due

Camera Lab 4

·         Pre-Lab & Procedure

Camera Lab 4 Report

Basic electronic circuits; camera flash system


·         Camera Lab 4 Prelab;

·         Camera Lab 3 Report

Basics 7

Dwg 7,8

Equation Forms and Coordinate System

Dwg 5,6

Basics 8 & 9

Dwg 9,10,11,12

3-D sketch from a multiview drawing with missing lines

3-D sketch from a multiview drawing with a missing view

·         Dwg 7,8 (due at beginning of class)

·         Dwg 9,10 (due before leaving)

Camera Lab 5

·         Assembly

·         Sheet Metal

·         Report Format

Camera Lab 5 Report

Materials, manufacturing, and life cycle issues

Camera Lab 4 Report





Basics 10

·         Dwg 13,14

·         Read IGCE-Ch3: sections 1-4

Students develop 2-D and 3-D drawings for practice

·         Dwg 11, 12

·         Journal Entry #3 Due




Assignments Due

Bike Lab 1

Bike Lab 1 Report

Intro to bicycle design; frame types, importance of weight

Camera Lab 5 Report

Basics 11

·         Dwg 15, 16

·         Read MATLAB text, Ch1: sections 1-4

Types of section views, preparing section views

Dwg 13,14

Basics 12

·         Mat1

·         Read MATLAB text- Ch2: sections 2.2 and 2.3

MATLAB – basic concepts, using it as a calculator

Dwg 15,16

Bike Lab 2

Bike Lab 2 Report

Measuring forces; material choices for bicycles

·         Bike Lab 1 Report

·         Long Term Assignment #1 Due

Basics 13

·         Assign progressive project, part 1;

·         Read MATLAB text- Ch4: sections 4.1 and 4.2

MATLAB - arrays, creating simple graphs;

Create script M-files



Basics 14

·         Assign progressive project, part 2;

·         Read MATLAB handout;

·         Read MATLAB text- Ch3: sections 1, 2 & 5

MATLAB – graphing functions

·         Progressive Project, Part 1

·         Journal Entry #4 Due


Bike Lab 3

Bike Lab 3 Report

Data acquisition; instrument bicycle frame, conduct experiments

·         Bike Lab 2 Report

·         Long Term Assignment #2 Due

Basics 15

Assign progressive project, part 3;

MATLAB – creating and using M-files

Progressive Project, Part 2

Basics 16

Assign progressive project, part 4;

MATLAB – programming fundamentals and creating M-file programs

Progressive Project, Part 3

Bike Lab 4

Bike Lab 4 Report

Statistical distribution of loads on bicycle

·         Bike Lab 3 Report

·         Long Term Assignment #3 Due

Basics 17

·         Assign progressive project, part 5;

·         Read MATLAB handout

MATLAB – more programming fundamentals and creating M-file programs

Progressive Project, Part 4

Basics 18


MATLAB – applications & Review for Final Exam

·         Progressive Project, Part 5

·         Journal Entry #5 Due

Bike Lab 5


Oral presentations on bicycle manufacturing

·         Bike Lab 4 Report

·         Long Term Assignment #4 Due