ES 110: Introduction to Engineering and Lab Experience (2)

Fall 2011


Activity Location


Office in Salazar Blg

Office hours



Lectures: Monday

10:00-10:50 AM

Salazar Blg. Room 2009A

Dr. Ali Kujoory

Room 2008A

M 11 am-12 pm, M &W 3:15-3:45 pm, after classes in the class, or by appointment

(707) 664-2030

Labs: Tuesday

9:00-11:50 AM

Salazar Blg. Room 2003

Dr. Saeid Rahimi

Room 2003

Please see Dr. Rahimi’s website:

(707) 664-2030


Course Description: 1 hr Lecture, 2 ½ hrLab. This course is designed to introduce the field of engineering to the students. It is also a “Study Skill in Engineering” course intended to prepare the student how to complete the engineering program more successfully, explain the expectations, the professional responsibilities, and develop the leadership skill of the student. In the lab, it exposes the students to the electrical, electronics, optical, networking, and computer equipment and lab environment. The students are also familiarized with some of the software used in the program.

For ES110 lab course description, please go to


Course Objective:

·         To describe “engineering” and the fields of engineering

·         To understand some engineering basics and apply them in the lab

·         To learn how to study to successfully complete the engineering program and develop leadership skills

·         To understand what would be expected from you as an engineer at the work place, as well as in society, your ethical, and & professional responsibilities as engineers

·         To discuss what are the various choices you can make


Prerequisite: None


Textbook: “Studying Engineering: A Road Map to a Rewarding Career”, 3rd Edition, by Raymond B. Landis, ISBN 9780964696921,Discovery Press, 2007, 352 pages. The slides provided on the website provide extra materials.


Course Slides: We will go through the course slides (see below) in the class. I urge you to download and review the slides before each class. You are required to read the textbook after each class for further reinforcement.


Attendance: Attendance is mandatory. There will be no excused absences except in the case of emergencies that could be substantiated. The unexcused absences will affect your grade, see


In-class and In-Lab activities: There are several "group discussions" (see below) and exercises

·         To expand your understanding and scope of the material covered in lectures including design and lab work

·         To improve your communication, presentation, and summarizing skills

·         To enhance your team building via group activities


Class Participation: Your participation in the class and in the group discussions (see the list below); also based on the reading, developing questions, or perspectives you would like to raise in the class


Notebook: Please bring a notebook (e.g., a 3-ring binder or a spiral) that will be used to document:

·         All notes taken in the class

·         All course assignments, Engineering Science Roadmap and Plan, and your Portfolio

·         Questions, issues, or perspectives you gained from the reading and would like to raise in the class

·         Group discussions and your opinion/comments on each section of the course


Homework: Homework (see the table below) will be assigned bi-weekly. Your homework must be typed using MS Word and be presented at the beginning of the due session. Hand-written assignments will not be accepted or graded.


Quizzes: There are four short multiple-choice quizzes to be given during the class. These quizzes are useful in motivating you to take your reading of the textbook and the slides seriously. The percentages for the assignments, group discussion, quizzes, and labs are shown below. For the date and coverage of each quiz refer to the table below.


Grading: The course grades will be based on the following:

1.       Lectures 50% as follows:

·         Grade on your participations in the class and in the group discussions (see below) 6%

·         Total homework assignments including your Plan and Portfolio 28%

·         Total Grade for the quizzes (16%)

2.       Labs 50% (details will be provided by the Lab instructor).


Important about the quizzes:

·         Please bring a Scantron Form No. 882-E form for each quiz. You cannot take the quiz without a proper Scantron form; they are available at the Sonoma State University bookstore.

·         You will need to use a pencil with No. 2 lead so please bring a couple of No. 2 pencils.

·         The Scantron machine marks no answer as WRONG. If you dont know the answer, you should still mark a choice.

·         The Scantron machine marks multiple answers as WRONG. So you should mark only one choice per question.

·         Please mark-up also the question sheet and make sure to turn it in with the Scantron form.


To enjoy good grades, follow the steps at the bottom of this website (*)!


Academic Honesty: You are responsible to behave ethically & honestly. Copying, cheating, forgery, and other unethical or dishonest actions are not tolerated. See


My Expectations:


Lecture Syllabus and Assignments (Also see the table below). The Lab instructor will provide the syllabus for the lab sessions.

·         Week 1, 2 KEYS TO SUCCESS IN ENGINEERING STUDY: Purpose and philosophy of this course, what you can expect to get out of this course, what is expected from you, What Is "Success", Keys to Success in Engineering Study, Models for Viewing Your Education, Structure Your Life Situation.

·         Week 3, 4 SOME ENGINEERING BASICS: What is Electric Circuit, Components of Electric Circuits, Ohm’s Law, Direct and Alternating Current and Voltages, System of International Units, Steps for Solving Engineering Problems, Examples, Typical Engineering Science Roadmap.

·         Week 5, 6, 7, 8 THE ENGINEERING PROFESSION: What Is Engineering? The Engineering Process, Case Study (Solar-Powered Electric Vehicle), Greatest Engineering Achievements of the Rewards and Opportunities of an Engineering Career, Engineering Disciplines, Engineering Job Functions, Employment Opportunities, Important Fields for the Future, Engineering as a Profession , Steps for Solving Engineering Problems, International System Base Units, Your portfolio.

·         Week 9, 10, 11 EFFECTIVE LEARNING: What is Learning, How Do We Learn, Metacognition, Learning Is a Reinforcement Process, Mistakes Students Make, Early Course Preparation, Preparing for Lectures, During Your Lectures, Making Effective Use of Your Professors, Utilizing Tutors and Other Academic Resources, Organizing Your Learning Process, Preparing for and Taking Tests, Making Effective Use of Your Peers (4-Effective Learning).

·         Week 12, 13 PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT & BROADENING YOUR EDUCATION: Receptiveness to Change, Making Behavior Modification Work for You, Understanding Yourself & Others, Assessment of Your Strengths and Weaknesses, Developing Your Communication Skills, Mental and Physical Wellness, Motivating Yourself, Participation in Student Organizations, Participation in Engineering Projects, Pre-Professional Employment, Putting Something Back.

·         Week 14 ORIENTATION TO ENGINEERING EDUCATION & QUESTIONS and ANSWERS: Organization of Engineering Education, Community College Role in Engineering Education, The Engineering Education System, Academic Advising, Academic Regulations, Student Conduct and Ethics, Graduate Study in Engineering, Engineering Study as Preparation for Other Careers.

·         Week 15 FINAL EXAM: Bring any question you have to discuss


Learning Outcome:


Tentative List of Activities: Lectures/Chapters, Homework Assignments and Due Dates, and Topics for the Group Discussions

To access or download the chapters, assignments of other information shown in underlined blue use your ldap (Seawolf) UserID and password.

For the Lab sessions go to the ES110 lab URL:



in AM

Chapters and Quizzes

Homework # Due “Ch” refers to textbook chapters

Topics for Group Discussions

MON 8/29


Intro & 1-Keys_To_Success_In_Engineering_Study (Ch 1 of textbook)

Students introduce themselves in each group & Start interacting with peers

MON 9/5

Labor Day, NO CLASS



MON 9/12


I-Keys_To_Success_In_Engineering_Study (Cont.)

HW1: Ch1 Prob 9, 17, 21, 22, 23

Ch1, Discuss & compare viewpoints a) and b):

a) “People succeed because of their ability”, b) “People succeed because of their effort”.





Ch1, Discuss what is meant by the motto “No Deposit, No Return”. List up to 5 examples on different aspects of life including education. Share any interesting stories.

MON 9/26


II-Some_Engineering_Basics (Cont.)


Ch1, Discuss “Fixed Mindset versus Growth Mindset”.



Quiz1 on slide sets I & II followed by

III-Engineering_Profession (Ch 2 of textbook+)


Ch3, List the differences between “Engineering Study” & “High School Study”.



III-Engineering_Profession (Cont.)

HW3: *My_Plan, Prob *A (below), & Ch2 Prob 5, 16

 Ch4, List & discuss the “Behaviors to Avoid” & “Winning Behaviors”.

§  What are the behaviors that may irritate your professors during the class?

§  What are behaviors that helps winning your professors?



III-Engineering_Profession (Cont.)


Ch4, How can you make Effective Use of Your Professors?



III-Engineering_Profession (Cont.)

HW4: Prob *AA and *AAA (below)

Ch5, Answer the questions on studying in groups (Ch5, Slide 26):

§  What % of my studying should be done in groups?

§  What is the ideal size of a study group?

§  What can be done to keep the group from getting off task?



III-Engineering_Profession (Cont.)

Whereas iv-effective_learning.pdf covers the three chapters "Understanding the Teaching/Learning Process", "Making The Most of How You Are Taught", "Making the Learning Process Work for You" in detail, due to time shortage, we will only review them in a summary.



IV-Personal_Growth_Development (Ch 6 of textbook)

HW5: Ch 2 Prob 27, *C, *CC(below)

Ch6, p230 Discuss the Silver Rule – “What you would not want others to do unto you, do not do unto them.” Share any interesting story.



IV-Personal_Growth_Development (Cont.)



Fri 11/18






V-Broadening_Your_Education (Ch 7 of textbook)

followed by Quiz2 on slide sets III & IV (bring Scantron form No. 882-E)

HW6: Prob *D (below), Ch6 Prob 7, 19, 21

Ch7, make a list of Behavioral Interview Questions.



V-Broadening_Your_Education (Cont.)

VI-Orientation_To_Engineering_Education (Ch 8 of textbook)


Various group discussions if time permits.



VI-Orientation_To_Engineering_Education (Cont.) & Q & A

HW7: Ch7 Prob 14*F, 15*F, 16*G & Ch8 Prob 11

Various group discussions if time permits.

MON 12/12

Final on slide sets I through VI (bring Scantron form No. 882-E)




Notes: Use Microsoft Word or Excel, or plain text for submission of your homework.

*My_Plan: List all courses you took and are planning to take together with the credits and the prerequisites you are planning to take each semester in an Excel sheet. You can start with the sample “My_Plan.xls”. For each course you want to take, make sure all prerequisites are satisfied & that each semester you have a balanced course load. For the map of the prerequisites, use the roadmap provided by the ES Dept. Be specific with the GE courses, technical and non-technical courses and put a course number for each. Consider this as an exercise and it does not matter what your field of study is. It can help you make your actual plan for graduation.

*A Ch1, Problem *A, Use a table to list all your weekly activities (attending classes, studying, commuting, eating, sleeping, working or working out, hanging out, etc.) in one column, and the number of hours you actually spend on each activity in the second column, given that there are 7*24 hours available to you in a week. In the third column, specify the number of hours you ideally need for each activity. Compare the numbers in columns 2 and 3 for each activity. Now, in column 4, write down what you may want to do to bring the two numbers closer to each other. Be honest to yourself.

*AA Ch2, change Problem 11 in textbook to explain “Why I Want to be an Engineer” by expanding on your top four items from the list on page 49 in Section 2.5 (Rewards & Opportunities of and Engineering Career) of the textbook stating why each is important to you personally. Write at least 75 words for each item.

*AAA Ch2, Problem 18 in textbook, pick one technology and 5-6 slides in PowerPoint for presentation (Slide 1: title & your name, Slide 2: explain the technology briefly, and remaining slides can include applications, how it works, and advantages/disadvantages of the technology in bullet lists. Include any reference you use. You can use diagrams and figures.

*B, Follow “Portfolio Assignment” to make My_Portfolio”. Use your 3-ring binder for this and submit on due date for grade. Your portfolio will be reviewed by your classmate for feedback.

* C Go to and explain a) What it can do for you, b) The closest Section SSU, c) how much is the annual IEEE student membership fee, d) what is the IEEE Xplore Digital Library

* CC Suppose you want to find a summer job. Identify two jobs in the area that you prefer and pays well for yourself for this summer closest to where you live. Write the job descriptions and how much you will be paid per hour. Explain which one you prefer and why. Start with SSU Career Services (Salazar on 1st floor) and then searching the Internet.

*D Ch6, Use the table on slide 11 to assess yourself (1-10, 10 highest) based on the attribute model. Copy the table on your assignment sheet and mark each entry to indicate your personal development plan for improving the areas that you have a low mark.

*F Ch7, Problems 14 & 15: Search & identify a real company that offers summer jobs. Write a resume (for Prob 14) & a cover letter (for Prob 15) to that company & apply for a job. Report your resume and cover letter for the assignment.

*G Ch 7 Problem 16, Report your friend’s critique on all the 15 questions.


Group Discussions:

·         Objectives: Let the students learn teamwork, be able to discuss problems and find total solutions, resolve differences, practice leadership, summarize ideas, and present their finings

·         The in-class group discussions are for short topics, about 10 minutes most including the group work, sharing, and presenting the result of the discussion

·         The in-lab group discussions are for major topics during a lab session with ample time for the members to discuss the topic in more detail and present the results. There may be more than one topic in the lab session

·         Structure – The class is divided into 2 or more groups, each group comprises 3-5 students, with one Group Leader chosen by the group members for each activity or topic

·         Responsibility of group members – All members should participate actively in all activities and contribute to the discussion

·         Responsibility of Group Leader

o    Facilitates the group discussion, keeps the necessary order, makes sure that the group is focused on the topic, keeps the votes if required, summarizes the output (according to the votes if necessary), and makes sure that the group delivers on time (Notes can be captured by a recorder or the leader)

o    Leadership rotates among members so that every member will have an opportunity to practice leading a group

o    For each activity the group leader presents the output/result to the class

·         Tools

o    White board plus colored markers for both the in-class and in-lab group discussions

o    Computer and access to the Internet for the lab group discussions

o    Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, and Powerpoint


(*) Ways to succeed in the course efficiently: Practice makes perfect! Practice the following and observe how your grades improve quickly:

·         Before the class

o    Download the slides from the website and go through the slides

o    Make a list of questions on the points that you do not understand

o    These are like “warming up” for a physical workout and make lectures a reinforcement rather than an initial exposure

·         In the class:

o    Take the front seat in the class

o    Be present, pay attention, and listen actively

o    Take good notes & record whatever your professor writes on the board

o    Ask the questions you prepared to clarify. This keeps you awake and focused and impresses your professor

o    “Do not be reluctant to ask questions”

·         After the lecture:

o    Go through the slides, notes, and do the assignments/hoework problems to practice

o    This way you will learn the material with no worries and you can do well in your tests with only little review/preparations

Note that you need to study at least 2-3 hours for each lecture hour.



·         The references in the text book.

·         “Introduction to Engineering,” 3rd edition, 2002, ISBN: 0-471-05920-X, Paul H. Wright, Wiley, 288 pages.

·         “Introduction to Engineering: Modeling and Problem Solving,” Jay Brockman, ISBN 978-0-471-43160-2, John Wiley, 2009, 588 bpages.

·         “Introduction to Engineering Analysis,” Kirk D. Hagan, 2nd ed., ISBN 0-13-145332-7, Prentice Hall, 2005, 346 pages.

·         “Engineering Fundamentals: An Introduction to Engineering,”, 1st Ed., Saeed Moaveni, Brooks/Cole Publishing 2002, ISBN#: 0534381162, 512 pages.

·         “Engineering Design – a project-based Introduction,” Clive Dym, Patrick Little, ISBN 0-471-28296-0, John Wiley, 2000, 278 pages.

·         "Portfolio Assignment" from ENGR 102 Introduction to Engineering course developed by David Gray, Professor of Engineering at Messiah College in Pennsylvania