Course Meeting Times and Places:

11:30 – 1:18 p.m. – M – Room 224 HI – Basics Skills

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

11:30 – 1:18 p.m. – T – Room 214 HI – Hands-on Laboratory (for call number 18516-3)

11:30 – 1:18 p.m. – T – Room 216 HI – Hands-on Laboratory (for call number 18517-9)


Instructional Team: 

Basics Instructor:         


Lab Instructors:            


Teaching Assistants:  


Peer Mentors:              


Course Objectives:            This course is designed to help students develop a deeper 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.  Students will engage in a design-build team project that will integrate the skills learned in this course.  This course is divided into two segments:  (1) Basic Skills and (2) Laboratory.


Basic Skills: There will not be a study table section as in 181.  The additional hour is added to the Basics Skills.  However, if you do have questions about your other courses, feel free to ask your TA or make an appointment during his/her office hours. 


During the Basic Skills sessions each week, students will be introduced to skills important to most engineers and given an opportunity to practice those skills. Homework assignments will be collected for grading according to the syllabus, unless announced otherwise in class. Each day’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.  Finals are comprehensives.


Rework or Redo Policy for Homework:

A.        If a grade is less than 14, student has the option to redo the assignment.

B.        The redo must be turned in at the beginning of the next Basics lecture.  The redone work should be accompanied by the original graded assignment.

C.        If not turned in, the original grade stands.

D.        Maximum score on redone work is 14.

E.        Score on the redone work cannot be less than the original score.

F.         Late assignment cannot be redone.

Makeup Exam Policy and Guidelines:  All students are expected to take each exam at the regularly scheduled time.  Accommodations may be made for the following reasons:


1. ILLNESS OR EMERGENCY ON EXAM DAY: Students who are ill or have a family emergency (death or serious illness of a close family member) on the day of an exam will be allowed to take a makeup exam. Written documentation is required for illness or medical emergencies. You must contact your teaching staff as soon as possible and certainly WITHIN 24 HOURS after the exam. The makeup exam is usually scheduled with an open section in the same course.


2. UNAVOIDABLE CONFLICTS WITH EXAM TIME: Such conflicts include another class scheduled to meet at the exam time, or participation in University sponsored events. Documentation of a conflict with the regularly scheduled exam time must be provided in writing one week prior to the day of the regularly scheduled exam.


If you miss an exam without a legitimate, documented excuse, you will receive a score of zero for that exam.  Exceptions will be made only under unusual circumstances approved by the section’s professor and the College Office for Academic Affairs.  These policies are strictly enforced so that all students are treated equally and fairly.


WRITTEN DOCUMENTATION supporting the need for a makeup examination must be SIGNED by an appropriate person (e.g., physician, employer, parent) with their NAME and TELEPHONE NUMBER or other contact details clearly printed on the document.  Such documentation must be submitted to the course professor for approval.


THE NATURE OF A MAKEUP EXAM is at the discretion of the teaching staff.


Laboratory:  Each week students will attend one 2-hour Hands-on Laboratory session. During the laboratory sessions, student teams will design and build a conveyor/sorter system that sorts recyclable objects into bins. Weekly milestones will be set and related assignments will be made.  Students will be graded on whether they meet the deadlines and the quality of work on their assignments. Situations involving late reports will be handled at the discretion of the TA.  At the end of the quarter, a competition will be held to determine which team’s system sorts materials most quickly and efficiently. A more detailed description of the design project, deadlines, and grading criteria will be provided during the first laboratory session..


Grading:  The contribution of each course segment to the overall course grade is outlined below.


            Basic Skills (CAD & Drawings)      30%


Lab (Design Build Project)              30%

            Weekly Lab Reports             5%

            Final System Test                 5%

            Final Oral Report                   5%

            Project Notebook                  5%

            Final Written Report              10%


Exams  (Basics & Labs)                  40%

                        Midterm Exam                       20%

                        Final Exam                             20%


Note:  All tools and materials assigned to a team must be returned and formally accounted for at the end of the quarter.  Failure to return any object will result in a grade of incomplete for the entire team until the object is found or replaced.


Attendance is mandatory for both components (Basics and Labs).  Students are subject to losing points for absences unless prior approval is obtained from your Basics Instructor or Teaching Assistant.


Assessment and Evaluation:  Individual and team-based evaluations will be conducted throughout the quarter.  Electronic journal entries are required and factored into the course grade.  The final team evaluation results will also be a factor in assigning a final team grade.


Academic Misconduct such as cheating or plagiarism will be reported using official University procedures.  With respect to all written assignments and oral presentations, the material must be relevant to and support the course objectives.  Inappropriate language and visuals will not be tolerated.  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:

            Books Used for ENG 181 – The Engineering Student Survival Guide by K. Donaldson; Introduction to Graphics Communications for Engineers by Bertoline; Project Management and Teamwork by Smith

            Introduction to Engineering – II Course Notes  (available at Cop-Ez: Tuttle at

Park Place)

            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

            Green Engineering problems paper


Daily Syllabus







Basics 1


·        Team Building “Workshop” Part 1 – Smith, Project Management & Teamwork,

·        Chapters 1-3


Lab 1

Lab Report 1

·        Team Assignments, Review Syllabus, Review Brainstorming Session, Project Description


Basics 2

·        Project Schedule

·        Team Agreement

·        Project Management & Scheduling

·        Smith, Project Management and Teamwork, Chapters 4 & 6


Basics 3

Dwg 1 & 2

Introduction to Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Cadkey 99 – Chapter 1

Dwg 1

Lab 2

Lab Report 2

Build Conveyor

·        Lab Report 1

·        Journal Entry 1

·        Project Schedule

·        Team Agreement

Basics 4

Dwg 3

Electrical Circuits and Controls


Basics 5

Dwg 4 & 5

Getting Started with 2-D CAD and

Cadkey 99 – Chapters 2 & 3

Dwg 2, 3 & 4

Lab 3

·        Procedure

Lab Report 3

Introduction to Circuits

Lab Report 2

Basics 6


·        Introduction to Engineering Ethics-Part 1

·        Martin and Schinzinger, Chapter – The Profession of Engineering


Basics 7

Dwg 6 & 7

Basic 2-D Detail Drawing

Cadkey 99 – Chapter 4

Dwg 5 & 6

Lab 4

·        Procedure

·        Parts List

·        DeBounce Circuit

·        Photocell

·        LED Help

·        Circuits



Lab Report 4

Circuits 2

·        Lab Report 3

·        Journal Entry 2

Basics 8

Dwg 8 & 9

Dimensioning, Bertoline

GCE – Chapter 4, Pages 105-114


Basics 9

Dwg 10, 11 & 12

Scales and Scaling

Dimensioning with CAD Cadkey 99 – Chapter 5 / Team Evaluation

Dwg 7, 8, 9, 10 & 11

Lab 5

Lab Report 5


·        Lab Report 4

·        Peer Evaluation (online)





Basics 10

Dwg 13

Getting Started with 3-D CAD by Solid Modeling

Cadkey 99 – Chapter 6

·        Dwg 12

·        Detailed Report Outline

Lab 6


Incorporate Counter with Sorting Mechanism

·        Lab Report 5

·        Journal Entry 3







Basics 11

Dwg 14

Tolerances – Control of Variability, Bertoline

GCE – Chapter 4, Pages 114-125


Basics 12

Dwg. 15

3-D CAD – Solid Primitives

Cadkey 99 – Chapter 7 & 8

·        Dwg 13 & 14

·        Draft of First Half of Written Report

Lab 7


Continuance of Lab 6


Basics 13

Dwg 16

Reading Construction and Working Drawings, Bertoline

GCE – Chapter 5


Basics 14

Dwg 17

Cadkey 99 – Detail Drawings from Solid Models – Chapter 11

·        Dwg 15 & 16,

·        Draft of Second Half of Written Report

Lab 8


Preliminary System Test

Journal Entry 4

Basics 15

Case Analysis

·        Introduction to Engineering Ethics- Part 2

·        Martin and Schinzinger, Chapter – The Profession of Engineering


Basics 16


·        Presentation by Co-op and Internship Program;

·        Report Development (Oral and Written, including drawings)

·        Dwg 17,

·        Case Analysis,

·        Outline of Oral Presentations,

·        Preliminary Slides for Presentation

Lab 9


Final System Test


Basics 17

FAS* opens

Team Building “Workshop” Part 2






Lab 10


Oral Presentations

Journal Entry 5

Basics 18

FAS* closes

Review for Final – Course & Peer Evaluations (online); SEI

·        Final Report

·        Project Notebook


*FAS (Freshman Attitude Survey) – to be completed online by those students who were in 181 Winter Quarter