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ENGS 451 - Introduction to Engineering Design

Course Description

Engineers create products, systems, and processes to solve problems and meet social needs. This course introduces students to the art and science of engineering design. Engineering design methods and the characteristics of the engineering design process are studied including: problem definition, conceptual design, preliminary design, and detail design. Exercises are carried out focussing on the development of creativity, independent thinking, and the ability to overcome unexpected problems. Students learn oral and written communication skills needed in engineering design and carry out individual hands-on design projects.

Course Objectives

  • Learn how to plan and carry out an engineering design project from initial problem definition through completion of a working prototype and final documentation.
  • Learn engineering design methods and the structure of the engineering design process including: problem definition, concept generation and evaluation, and product design and evaluation.
  • Acquire hands-on skills in product fabrication and construction.
  • Develop and apply creativity, independent thinking, and the ability to overcome unexpected problems.
  • Develop oral and written communication skills needed in engineering design.

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