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Course number and title: ENGR185 Art of Engineering Endeavors
Credits: 4
Instructor(s)-in-charge: Joseph Miller (JsphMiller@aol.com)
Course type: Lecture
Required or Elective: One of three elective ethics courses. Students must select one of them.
Course Schedule:
Lecture: 4hrs/week. Meets twice weekly.
Dicussion: 1hr/week discussion section.
Outside Study: 8hrs/week.
Office Hours: 2hrs/week by instructor. 2 hrs/week by TA.
 
Course Assessment:
Homework: 4 assignments.
Quizzes: 5 quizzes
Exams: 1 midterm and 1 final examination.
Design: Preliminary and final team project reports.
 
Grading Policy: Tentatively, 33% Team Project, 33% exams, 34% quiz and assignments.
Course Prerequisites: Senior standing in engineering.
Catalog Description: Teamwork and effective group skills in engineering environments. The organization and control of multidisciplinary, complex engineering projects. Forms of leadership and the qualities and characteristics of effective leaders. Relationships between engineering and technology and major social issues. Societal demands on the practice of engineering. Engineering ethics.  
Textbook and any related course material:
M. DePree, Leadership is an Art, Bantam Doubleday Dell, New York, 1989.
P. Vesilund and A. Gunn, Engineering, Ethics and the Environment, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge UK, 1998.
I. Barbour, Ethics in an Age of Technology, New York, HarperCollins, 1991. Chapter on Computers.
Codes of Ethics of the NSPE, the IEEE and the Joint IEEE/ACM Software Code of Ethics.
 
Course Website
Topics covered in the course and level of coverage:
Teamwork � Skills (interpersonal, rational), forms, team building, stages of development, organizational culture. 5 hrs.
Project Management � Organization, planning - tasks, logic, milestones, phases, risk reduction. 5 hrs.
Systems Engineering � System requirements assimilation, modeling, quantification and tiering to subsystems. 6 hrs.
Project budgets and financial control � work breakdown structure, earned value reporting, time value of money. 6 hrs.
Global Social Issues � Human population growth and associated resource, environmental, and ecological issues. Issues of energy, food, water, natural resources and biodiversity. 4 hrs.
Contemporary Social Issues � Emerging technologies and associated social issues. The social effects and issues that surround computers and information technologies. Issues from new biological/biomedical technologies. Emerging concerns of public safe 8 hrs.
Ethics � historical development, forms (virtue, rights, duties, utilitarian), recent developments � environmental, biocentric. 4 hrs.
Engineering Ethics � professional ethics, codes - NSPE, IEEE, ASME, joint ACM/IEEE on Software. 2 hrs.
Engineering Ethics Case Studies � Computers, aerospace (aircraft, space shuttle), structures, whistle blowing. 5 hrs.
Leadership � required in engineering, styles, forms, emotional intelligence, communication skills, as service to others. 5 hrs.
Course objectives and their relation to the Program Educational Objectives:  
Contribution of the course to the Professional Component:
Engineering Topics: 0 %
General Education: 0 %
Mathematics & Basic Sciences: 0 %
Expected level of proficiency from students entering the course:
Mathematics: Not Applicable
Physics: Not Applicable
Chemistry: Not Applicable
Technical writing: Strong
Computer Programming: Not Applicable
Material available to students and department at end of course:
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TA(s)
Course Objectives and Outcomes Form: X X X
Samples of lab reports from 2 students: X
Course performance form from student surveys: X
Will this course involve computer assignments? NO Will this course have TA(s) when it is offered? NO

  Level of contribution of course to Program Outcomes
(d) Strong  
(e) Average  
(f) Strong  
(g) Average  
(h) Strong  
(i) Strong  
(j) Strong  
Strong: (d) (f) (h) (i) (j)
Average: (e) (g)

:: Upon completion of this course, students will have had an opportunity to learn about the following ::
  Specific Course Outcomes Program Outcomes
1. Teamwork. Experiential exercise in teamwork followed by lecture and discussion. Students are exposed to importance and prevalence of teamwork in real engineering environments, and gain knowledge of skills and behaviors that lead to effective teamwork. d g
2. Project Management. Students acquire basic knowledge of the methodologies by which complex, multidisciplinary undertakings are rendered tractable. They learn the rudiments of how a project is organized, planned and managed. Case studies are considered. d e
3. Leadership. Students gain understanding of the need for and roles of leadership in engineering environments. They acquire knowledge of the skills and characteristics possessed by effective leaders. They learn about different forms of leadership. d f
4. Team Project. Students experience an engineering team effort by providing a conceptual design, and planning a development program for an innovative product, taking into account engineering, economic, market, and social factors. d e f g i
5. Global Social Issues � Students gain perspective and understanding regarding the history of human population growth, the technological factors that have contributed to it, and the problems that accompany it. h i j
6. Global Social Issues - Projections into the future, governing variables, and the issues of food, water, energy, natural resources, and biodiversity are reviewed. The roles of technology in creating, understanding, and ameliorating problems are reviewed. h i j
7. Contemporary Social Issues � Students learn how technology changed society in the 20th Century; the benefits, and problems, that resulted and technologies of the 21st Century that are addressing these issues. h i j
8. Contemporary Social Issues � Emerging technologies are reviewed in computers, information processing and dissemination, bioengineering, nanoscale structures and mechanisms, and what they promise as benefits, and potential new problems. h i j
9. Ethics � Student learn the basic elements of the historical development of philosophy and ethical theories; how these have been influence by increased scientific understanding and technological capabilities; concepts and extensions of the moral community. f
10. Professional Ethics - The students read, review and discuss the Codes of Ethics of the IEEE, ACM/IEEE Software, and NSPE. The purposes and limitations of Codes are examined. The students gain understanding of what is expected as professional behavior. f
11. Case Studies provide students with examples of engineering triumphs and failures that involved questions of ethics and competence in engineering processes. That engineering practice has consequences with regard to health and safety is demonstrated. f h j
12. Communication � Writing assignments, including a library research and abstracting assignment, a paper on a current social issue that is technology based, and the team project reports, as well as oral presentations of social issues. g
13. Communication � Team project reports, as well as oral presentations of social issues and the team project presentations provide for improved communication skills. g

  Program outcomes and how they are covered by the specific course outcomes
(d)   Teamwork. Experiential exercise in teamwork followed by lecture and discussion. Students are exposed to importance and prevalence of teamwork in real engineering environments, and gain knowledge of skills and behaviors that lead to effective teamwork.  
  Project Management. Students acquire basic knowledge of the methodologies by which complex, multidisciplinary undertakings are rendered tractable. They learn the rudiments of how a project is organized, planned and managed. Case studies are considered.  
  Leadership. Students gain understanding of the need for and roles of leadership in engineering environments. They acquire knowledge of the skills and characteristics possessed by effective leaders. They learn about different forms of leadership.  
  Team Project. Students experience an engineering team effort by providing a conceptual design, and planning a development program for an innovative product, taking into account engineering, economic, market, and social factors.  
(e)   Project Management. Students acquire basic knowledge of the methodologies by which complex, multidisciplinary undertakings are rendered tractable. They learn the rudiments of how a project is organized, planned and managed. Case studies are considered.  
  Team Project. Students experience an engineering team effort by providing a conceptual design, and planning a development program for an innovative product, taking into account engineering, economic, market, and social factors.  
(f)   Leadership. Students gain understanding of the need for and roles of leadership in engineering environments. They acquire knowledge of the skills and characteristics possessed by effective leaders. They learn about different forms of leadership.  
  Team Project. Students experience an engineering team effort by providing a conceptual design, and planning a development program for an innovative product, taking into account engineering, economic, market, and social factors.  
  Ethics � Student learn the basic elements of the historical development of philosophy and ethical theories; how these have been influence by increased scientific understanding and technological capabilities; concepts and extensions of the moral community.  
  Professional Ethics - The students read, review and discuss the Codes of Ethics of the IEEE, ACM/IEEE Software, and NSPE. The purposes and limitations of Codes are examined. The students gain understanding of what is expected as professional behavior.  
  Case Studies provide students with examples of engineering triumphs and failures that involved questions of ethics and competence in engineering processes. That engineering practice has consequences with regard to health and safety is demonstrated.  
(g)   Teamwork. Experiential exercise in teamwork followed by lecture and discussion. Students are exposed to importance and prevalence of teamwork in real engineering environments, and gain knowledge of skills and behaviors that lead to effective teamwork.  
  Team Project. Students experience an engineering team effort by providing a conceptual design, and planning a development program for an innovative product, taking into account engineering, economic, market, and social factors.  
  Communication � Writing assignments, including a library research and abstracting assignment, a paper on a current social issue that is technology based, and the team project reports, as well as oral presentations of social issues.  
  Communication � Team project reports, as well as oral presentations of social issues and the team project presentations provide for improved communication skills.  
(h)   Global Social Issues � Students gain perspective and understanding regarding the history of human population growth, the technological factors that have contributed to it, and the problems that accompany it.  
  Global Social Issues - Projections into the future, governing variables, and the issues of food, water, energy, natural resources, and biodiversity are reviewed. The roles of technology in creating, understanding, and ameliorating problems are reviewed.  
  Contemporary Social Issues � Students learn how technology changed society in the 20th Century; the benefits, and problems, that resulted and technologies of the 21st Century that are addressing these issues.  
  Contemporary Social Issues � Emerging technologies are reviewed in computers, information processing and dissemination, bioengineering, nanoscale structures and mechanisms, and what they promise as benefits, and potential new problems.  
  Case Studies provide students with examples of engineering triumphs and failures that involved questions of ethics and competence in engineering processes. That engineering practice has consequences with regard to health and safety is demonstrated.  
(i)   Team Project. Students experience an engineering team effort by providing a conceptual design, and planning a development program for an innovative product, taking into account engineering, economic, market, and social factors.  
  Global Social Issues � Students gain perspective and understanding regarding the history of human population growth, the technological factors that have contributed to it, and the problems that accompany it.  
  Global Social Issues - Projections into the future, governing variables, and the issues of food, water, energy, natural resources, and biodiversity are reviewed. The roles of technology in creating, understanding, and ameliorating problems are reviewed.  
  Contemporary Social Issues � Students learn how technology changed society in the 20th Century; the benefits, and problems, that resulted and technologies of the 21st Century that are addressing these issues.  
  Contemporary Social Issues � Emerging technologies are reviewed in computers, information processing and dissemination, bioengineering, nanoscale structures and mechanisms, and what they promise as benefits, and potential new problems.  
(j)   Global Social Issues � Students gain perspective and understanding regarding the history of human population growth, the technological factors that have contributed to it, and the problems that accompany it.  
  Global Social Issues - Projections into the future, governing variables, and the issues of food, water, energy, natural resources, and biodiversity are reviewed. The roles of technology in creating, understanding, and ameliorating problems are reviewed.  
  Contemporary Social Issues � Students learn how technology changed society in the 20th Century; the benefits, and problems, that resulted and technologies of the 21st Century that are addressing these issues.  
  Contemporary Social Issues � Emerging technologies are reviewed in computers, information processing and dissemination, bioengineering, nanoscale structures and mechanisms, and what they promise as benefits, and potential new problems.  
  Case Studies provide students with examples of engineering triumphs and failures that involved questions of ethics and competence in engineering processes. That engineering practice has consequences with regard to health and safety is demonstrated.  

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