ECE 160 Introduction to Engineering
Catalog Description
ECE 160 Introduction to Engineering (3)
This course will provide an introduction to the practice of engineering by reviewing its history and current state. Students are informed about various areas within the discipline of engineering, e.g., chemical, agricultural, and electrical. Finally, the impact of engineering from a global, social, and political perspective is presented through a number of case studies.
Prerequisites by Topic
Units and Contact Time
3 quarter units. 3 units lecture (150 minutes).
Required for CE, EE
Required Textbook
No books are required for this course. Required articles will be posted on the website for the course in each week that they are required.
Recommended Textbook and Other Supplemental Materials
Runner Life 2013-2014: The First-Year Experience Handbook by Dr. Brett Schmoll & Matthew Woodman. ISBN: 978-1490547008.
This text is available in the campus book store and through
Melissa Danforth
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
ABET Outcome Coverage
This course maps to the following outcomes for Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering (EAC/ABET)
3f. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
Case studies will provide an understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities of engineers.
3g. An ability to communicate effectively.
Written and oral project reports will require effective communication of projects undertaken during the course.
3h. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global economic, environmental, and societal context.
Case studies will be used to provide an understanding of how engineering fits into a global context and to analyze the impact of decisions on economic, environmental, and/or societal contexts.
Lecture Topics and Rough Schedule
Week Lecture Topic Design Project
1 History and Overview Safety and Liability Waiver
2 Basic Engineering Skills Instrumentation
3 Campus Resources Radio Kit
4 Department Resources Radio Kit
5 Engineering in Society Radio Kit
6 Advising and Registration Night Light Kit
7 Professionalism and Engineering Societies Night Light Kit
8 None (work on design projects) Audio Amplifier Kit
9 Engineering Tour (if time permits) Audio Amplifier Kit
10 Project Presentations Finish Design Projects and Reports
Design Content Description
Students will complete three introductory design projects that will teach the basics of electric circuits, electromagnetism, and radio communications. Handouts will be provided for each project.
Prepared By
Melissa Danforth on August 31, 2013
Approved by CEE/CS Department on [date]
Effective Fall 2013