Course Description

A comprehensive study of the engineering design process from initiation to completion. Definition and history of engineering disciplines with comparisons among them. Investigation and exploration of past and present impacts of engineering on people, society, and the environment. Examination of contemporary and emerging issues related to engineering. Introduction to engineering in practice through engineering design projects.


Successful completion of the course will enable students to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the historical philosophy of engineering and identify the effects of engineering design decisions throughout history.
  2. Describe the various engineering disciplines and the differences between them.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the comprehensive nature of engineering design.
  4. Develop a systems perspective regarding the context of engineering design on a global scale.
  5. Evaluate the ethical, social, economic, and environmental impacts of engineering during the design, production, and end user phase of a product’s life from multiple perspectives.
  6. Synthesize ethically, socially, and environmentally conscious design judgments and decisions.
  7. Evaluate trends and future impacts of environmental and social consciousness and globalization on engineering design and manufacturing from multiple perspectives.
  8. Demonstrate an experiential understanding of engineering design impacts relevant to the various engineering disciplines.
  9. Apply basic calculation procedures and computational tools used in engineering.
  10. Apply the engineering design process and employ it to solve real-world issues.


Relationship of outline element to course objective is shown as the number(s) of the objective(s) in [ ].

  1. Engineering foundations [1, 3]
    1. Engineering design
    2. Engineering achievements and failures (Technologies and social, economic, and environmental unintended consequences)
  1. Engineering disciplines [2, 8]
    1. Engineers as problem solvers
    2. Comparison of engineering disciplines
  1. Engineering ethics [2, 5, 6, 7]
    1. Codes of ethics across engineering disciplines
    2. Professional responsibilities as an engineer
    3. Case studies in ethical dilemmas
    4. Social justice engagement in engineering
  1. Introduction to engineering design [3, 4, 5, 6, 7]
    1. The design process
    2. Technology and the market
    3. Effects of globalization on diverse populations
    4. Ethical, societal, and environmental concerns
    5. The future of engineering
  1. Engineering design in practice [8, 9, 10]
    1. Social, economic, and environmental dynamics of project selection
    2. Developing engineering project specifications
    3. Calculations and computational tools
    4. Using the engineering design process in practice
    5. Solving real-world problems using the engineering design process
    6. Using value-sensitive design


Engineering Your Future: Comprehensive“, William C. Oakes and Les L. Leone, 8th Edition, ISBN: 978-0199348015


Week Day Topic Reading(s)
1 1 Welcome, Introduction to Engineering Text, Ch. 2-3
2 Engineering history Text, Ch. 1
2 1 Achievements and failures Text, Ch. 5
2 Ethics and social responsibility Text, Ch. 14, this
3 1 Codes of ethics across the disciplines this and this
2 The engineering design process Text, Ch. 12
4 1
2 Design process cont’d
5 1 Social justice in engineering
2 Global development this and this
6 1 Global engineering Text, Ch. 4
2 Delivering effective presentations
7 1 Writing an essay Text, Ch. 13
8 1
9 1 Engineering calculations Text, Ch. 15-16
2 Engineering problem solving w/ Excel Text, Sec. 9.4
10 1 Engineering problem solving w/ Excel
11 1 Computational tools This
2 Computational tools, cont’d
12 1 Programming Activity
13 1
2 Engineering materials
14 1 Materials selection
2 Intellectual property
15 1 Professional responsibility and NDAs
2 Summary