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ENGR 14100: Creativity and Innovation in Engineering Design I

Course description

This course introduces students to the engineering professions using multidisciplinary, societally relevant content. Students develop engineering approaches to systems, generate and explore creative and innovative ideas, and use of computational methods to support design decisions. Design challenges and projects engage students in innovative thinking across the engineering disciplines at Purdue. Students experience the process of design and analysis in engineering including how to work effectively in teams. Students also develop skills in project management, engineering fundamentals, oral and graphical communication, logical thinking, and modern engineering tools (e.g., Excel, LabView, MATLAB, and Python). 

Useful links

The Fall 2014 Syllabus will be posted here when it is ready.

Blackboard class content management (requires login)

Learning goals

Successful completion of this course will enable you to:

  1. Describe the engineering disciplines at Purdue and the interrelationships among them and describe what graduates of at least three disciplines of engineering do.
  2. Apply engineering fundamentals and basic engineering science concepts to model, analyze, predict, build, and evaluate an object of engineering interest using a design process.
  3. Evaluate complex systems to produce models that explain and predict system performance.
  4. Explain the relationship between engineering problem solving process and the design process.
  5. Use the engineering problem solving process to translate a written problem statement into a mathematical model that is suitable for algorithmic development.
  6. Communicate technical information to justify decisions made during problem solving situations (e.g. design, troubleshoot, or product selection).
  7. Demonstrate a logical and systematic problem solving process to construct a software code using basic programming constructs of sequential structures, conditional structures, and repetition structures.
  8. Implement simple algorithmic forms of engineering models/problems using the most appropriate computer tool (LabVIEW, MATLAB, and Python).
  9. Perform basic file management tasks using an appropriate computer tool.
  10. Demonstrate appropriate knowledge and behaviors for effective and ethical membership on a technical team (i.e., teaming skills).
  11. Generate a written report to compare and contrast a cross-cultural context from a diversity perspective
  12. Exhibit a work ethic appropriate for the engineering profession.

ABET outcomes

ENGR 14100 includes components that address the following ABET outcomes (outcomes in bold are particularly important for the course):

a. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering
b. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
c. an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
d. an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
e. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
f. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
g. an ability to communicate effectively
i. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
k. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.