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ENGR 131: Transforming Ideas to Innovation I

Course Overview

Engineering and engineers are very diverse. In ENGR 13100, you will begin to develop a wide variety of skills that will benefit you as a Purdue student and that you can build on as a practicing engineer.

Course Outcomes

In ENGR 13100, you will:
  • develop and evaluate mathematical models to describe or predict outcomes associated with engineering decisions.
  • use a systematic design process to develop innovative solutions to engineering challenges, compare design alternatives, and gather and use evidence for decision making.
  • examine and analyze information from various engineering schools at Purdue to make informed decisions about your choice of an engineering major.
  • practice making evidence-based engineering decisions.
  • work in diverse teams.
  • develop professional habits including professional communication, teamwork, and information literacy that will benefit you both as a student at Purdue and as a practicing engineer.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this class, you will be able to:
  • Visually represent data and derive meaningful information from data.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of key engineering concepts such as mass and energy conservation and schematic modeling of engineering systems.
  • Generate ideas fluently. Take risks when necessary.
  • Develop a problem statement from the perspective of stakeholders. Refine the problem statement as additional information is found through the process of design.
  • Use evidence to develop and optimize solution. Evaluate solutions, test and optimize chosen solution based on evidence.
  • Design final solution to be of high technical quality. Design final solution to meet client and user needs.
  • Reflect on both personal and team's problem solving/design approach and process for the purpose of continuous improvement.
  • Communicate engineering concepts, ideas and decisions effectively and professionally in diverse ways such as written, visual and oral.
  • Contribute to team products and discussions
  • Seek, find, use, and document appropriate and trustworthy information
  • Recognize how contemporary issues as part of cultural, economic and environmental factors impact engineering design and practice.
See the detailed Learning Objectives for this course in Blackboard – click on Learning Objectives in the left-hand navigation menu.

Course Content

ENGR 13100 covers the following topics during the semester:
  • Data Analytics: Calculations, Descriptive Statistics, Histograms, Probability, Charts, and Regression
  • Academic Integrity and Ethics
  • Design: Need Finding, Problem Scoping, Concept Generation, Concept Modeling, Data Collection, Concept Reduction, Prototyping, Testing, Evaluation, Iterating, and Finalization
  • Communication: Reports, Peer Review, and Information Literacy
  • Teaming: Team Dynamics, Team Member Roles, Diversity, and Code of Cooperation
  • Team Projects: Modeling and Design.

Teaching Team

Each section of ENGR 13100 is served by a teaching team that includes one instructor, one graduate teaching assistant (GTA), four undergraduate teaching assistants called Peer Teachers (PTs), and one or two undergraduate graders. See the Course Contacts in Blackboard for names and contact information for your section’s instructor and GTA – click on Getting Help in the left-hand navigation menu and then select Course Contacts in the resulting folder. For answers to administrative questions, visit the FYE Operations Center located in ARMS B122.

Class Organization

You will attend two 110-minute class sessions each week. Check your course schedule for days, times, and locations of your class session.

Note: ENGR 13100 sections meet in two different rooms each week (ARMS B061 and ARMS B098). Check your schedule for the room assignments.

ENGR 13100 follows the model of a flipped classroom. Before class, you will watch custom-developed online modules (videos) related to course topics. In class, you will work on activities in teams or pairs related to the day’s topics. In essence, what is traditionally considered as homework are initiated during class. What it traditionally called lectures are delivered in the form of online modules.

See the course schedule in Blackboard for details on meeting days and time and topics for each class session.


You will be assigned to a team in this course. On this team, you will complete many assignments and activities. Your performance as a team member is part of your course grade. Past ENGR 13100 students have found their teaming experience in this course to be worthwhile and rewarding.

Required Materials

  • Textbook: No textbook is required. All required readings, modules, assignments, etc. are available on Blackboard. 
  • Laptop Computers: Each classroom has a limited number of laptop computers available. If possible, bring your own laptop with you to class.

Software Tools

You will use the following software in ENGR 13100.

  • Blackboard: The ENGR 13100 teaching team will communicate with you primarily via Blackboard outside of class. Within Blackboard, you will have access to course announcements, schedules, assignments, practice exams, grades, feedback, and course resources. Preferred browser: Information Technology at Purdue (ITaP) recommends Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox when accessing Blackboard. If you are using another browser or a mobile device, you may be unable to access some Blackboard content. 
  • CATME: You will use CATME to submit information used for Team Formation and Peer & Team Evaluations.
  • MS Office: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Adobe: PDF


During class, you can obtain help with understanding course topics and assignments from the various members of the teaching team. Help sessions are also available each week during evening office hours. Students with disabilities can receive assistance from the Disability Resource Center (DRC), and students suffering with mental health issues can receive support from Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS).

Office Hours

Graduate teaching assistants and peer teachers provide ENGR 13100 office hours (i.e., help sessions) each week. Attendance at office hours is an opportunity for you to receive guidance in determining answers to specific questions. See Blackboard for scheduled times and locations – click on Getting Help in the left-hand navigation menu and then locate the Office Hours entry in the folder.

Students with Disabilities

Purdue University strives to make learning experiences as accessible as possible. If you anticipate or experience physical or academic barriers based on disability, please discuss options with your instructor. You are also encouraged to contact the Disability Resource Center (contact information below). If you are eligible for academic accommodations because you have a documented disability that will affect your work in this class and/or at an exam, please schedule an appointment with your instructor or see a member of the Instructional Support Team (IST) in ARMS B122 as soon as possible to discuss your needs. At these meetings, bring your “Letter of Accommodation” that you obtained from the Disability Resource Center (DRC: or 765-494-1247) so that your instructor and the IST can make proper accommodations for you.

Resources for Mental Health

Purdue University is committed to advancing the mental health and well-being of its students. If you or someone you know is feeling overwhelmed, depressed, and/or in need of support, services are available. For help, such individuals should contact Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). CAPS is accessible via 765-494-6995 and Purdue Counseling & Psychological Services during and after hours, on weekends and holidays, or through its counselors physically located in the Purdue University Student Health Center (PUSH) during business hours.

Teaching Team

See the Course Contacts in Blackboard in the left-hand navigation menu for names and contact information for your section’s instructor and graduate teaching assistant (GTA). Additionally, there will be undergraduate peer teachers in the classroom. Administrative questions may be answered by visiting the FYE OPS Center located in ARMS B122.

Evaluating Proficiency

The teaching team will assess your performance via individual assignments, team assignments, and exams. This section specifies how the points you earn lead to the assignment of your grades and how you can make a re-grade request.


Grades are assigned according to the number of points earned as detailed in the table below. Note that to move on to ENGR 13200, your final grade in ENGR 13100 must be a C- or better.




94% and above

A- Greater than or equal to 90.0% and less than 94.0%
B+ Greater than or equal to 87.0% and less than 90.0%


Greater than or equal to 84.0% and less than 87.0%

B- Greater than or equal to 80.0% and less than 84.0%
C+ Greater than or equal to 77.0% and less than 80.0%


Greater than or equal to 74.0% and less than 77.0%

C- Greater than or equal to 70.0% and less than 74.0%


Greater than or equal to 60.0% and less than 70.0%


Less than 60%


Points are distributed into categories. The approximate percentage of the total of each is as shown in the table below. See the Assignments and My Grades areas in Blackboard for additional information.



Approximate Percent of Total Grade



Data Analytics


Modeling Activities


Team Activity


Design Project


Exams 30%

In-Class Quizzes



The purpose of grading is to assess your understanding and utilization of the concepts taught in the course, and to provide you with feedback about the strengths and weaknesses evident in your work. Full credit may be awarded on items that are mostly correct even if the work still contains errors in understanding. Therefore, it is important that you not only check your score on a particular assignment or exam, but also review the feedback provided by the graders. This feedback will help you improve your understanding of the concepts being assessed and, in turn, improve your performance on future work.

Concerns About Grading

If you have concerns about how an assignment was graded, send an email to your graduate teaching assistant (GTA) with a detailed description of the concern within seven days after the graded assignment was revealed in Blackboard. Please see Communication with the Teaching Team (below) for proper email etiquette.

Professional Expectations

Each Professional Expectation (PE) in ENGR 13100 reinforces the idea that everyone in our learning environment helps shape the environment so that it is positive and productive for all. This includes arriving for class on time and being prepared, focusing on course activities during class, controlling your behavior to minimize distractions to those around, and engaging with others in a respectful and professional manner.


It is important for you to attend, and to be on time for, each meeting of ENGR 13100 because in-class time is important to ensuring full contributions to team assignments. Teams that use their in-class time effectively minimize their out-of-class time. Attendance is taken every class, and absences and tardies are recorded.

We know that you may occasionally need to be late or to miss a full class. You are allowed up to three total absences that can be taken for any reason, without penalty, and will be the sum of tardies and absences.

The teaching team will take attendance immediately after class starts. You will be marked present if you are in your seat and absent if you are not. If you arrive late, you are responsible for quietly checking in with the teaching team to request that your absence be changed to a tardy; not all requests will be granted.



Attendance Record


Seated with team at start of class

0.0 absence


Arrived late, tardy approved by the designated teaching team member

0.5 absence


Did not attend class or tardy was not approved

1.0 absence


After you accumulate 3.0 total absences, you will start to incur an absence penalty with each additional tardy and/or absence. The penalty is -25 points for every 0.5 absence over the allowed 3.0 absences.

Example: A student has three tardies and two absences, and so has 3.5 total absences. This student will receive a 25-point deduction off their total grade.

Example: A student has zero tardies and five absences, and so has 5.0 total absences. This student will receive a 100-point deduction off their total grade (this is equivalent to losing a full letter grade).

Use your three allowed absences wisely. If you know you have a commitment that will require you to miss class, then plan accordingly so you do not exceed three absences during the semester.

Please see your instructor if you have an exceptional situation that requires you to exceed three total absences, such as a severe or prolonged illness, medical or family emergency, sports or university commitment, or an approved grief absence from the Office of the Dean of Students.

Note: Because you will often spend class time working with your team and many assignments are team assignments, notify your team members if you will be absent for any reason, planned or unplanned.

Dress Code

Personal hygiene and proper attire are important. Out of respect for yourself and your classmates, please come to class clean, free of odors, and dressed in a way that is appropriate for all class activities and is respectful, non-distracting, and non-offensive to others.

Food & Drink

In order to protect classroom and personal property and to eliminate unnecessary distractions, the following food and drink policies will apply in the ENGR 13100 classrooms.

  • Food: No food is allowed in the classrooms.
  • Drink: Drinks are allowed, but they must have secure lids.

PE Deductions

The instructional team will deduct points from your semester total for behavior that is disruptive to your class or to your team’s dynamics and performance. Example deductions follow:

  • −5 for sleeping in class
  • −5 for using a computer or a cell phone for non-class purposes
  • −5 for behavior that is disruptive to the class, the team, or an inclusive classroom environment
  • Up to −25 for observed behavior disruptive to team dynamics/performance
Note: Additional PE Deductions may be added. Your instructor will notify you of these.

Late Work

In general, late work is not accepted. Late work is accepted only when you have an approved grief absence or an exceptional situation such as a severe or prolonged illness, medical or family emergency, or a sports or university commitment. In these situations, arrange submission of your late work with your graduate teaching assistant (GTA).

Communication with the Teaching Team

When communicating with members of your ENGR 13100 teaching team, your email must originate from your Purdue email account and include:

  • your name
  • ENGR 13100 section number and team number (once teams are assigned)
  • topic (e.g. assignment name)
  • a detailed description of your concern

Allow at least 24 hours for emails to be answered.

For professional communication, make sure your email is:

  • appropriately addressed to the recipient (e.g., not “Hey,” but “Dear Professor”),
  • includes a helpful subject line with ENGR 13100 included (e.g., “ENGR 13100: Question about PE3”),
  • written in complete sentences,
  • specific (e.g., not “I have a question on the assignment” but “I have a question on part 2 of problem set 3”),
  • concluded with an expression of appreciation for the reader’s time or help.

Academic Integrity

You are a member of the Purdue community—a community that values integrity. You are expected to be familiar with and to abide by the following university policies and procedures:

You are also expected to fulfill Purdue’s student-created honor pledge:

“As a Boilermaker pursuing academic excellence, I pledge to be honest and true in all that I do. Accountable together –We are Purdue.”

Academic dishonesty is defined by Purdue as “cheating, plagiarism, or knowingly furnishing false information to the University.” Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to the following:

  • Looking at another student’s paper during a test
  • Submitting homework obtained from another student
  • Allowing someone else to do the work and then submitting it under your own name
  • Helping someone else commit academic dishonesty, such as giving them homework to copy or allowing them to cheat from your test paper
  • Copying word for word or lifting phrases or special terms from a source or reference without proper attribution (plagiarism)
  • Allowing someone else to access your Purdue computer accounts or computer files

Academic integrity is one of the highest values that Purdue University holds. Individuals are encouraged to alert university officials to potential breaches of this value by either emailing or by calling 765-494-8778. While you may submit information anonymously, the more information you provide the greater the opportunity for the university to investigate the concern.

In ENGR 13100, you will submit both individual and team assignments. While team assignments are understood to be the work of a team, individual assignments you submit must be your own work.

The FYE instructional team periodically checks student work for various forms of academic dishonesty. This check is performed manually and also via automated similarity checkers such as MOSS. If academic dishonesty occurs, consequences may include:

  • A zero on the entire assignment or exam in question
  • Forwarding your name to the Office of the Dean of Students
  • A lowered or failing grade in the course

Material Copyrights

The ENGR 13100 materials and their notes are copyrighted or derivatives of copyrighted materials and shall not be sold, bartered, or posted on sites such as Course Hero, Chegg, and Quizlet without express permission from your instructor and the Associate Head of First-Year Engineering.

Course Policies

In ENGR 13100, you are expected to comply with all policies on the University Policies website as well as those listed below.

Changing Sections

You may change your ENGR 13100 section until the last day on which you are permitted to add a course via MyPurdue, which is the first day of class during the second week of the semester. No changes are allowed after this date. Note that once you drop a section, there is no guarantee that space will be available in another section. See an FYE advisor in ARMS 1300 for additional information.


In this course, each voice in the classroom has something of value to contribute. Please take care to respect the different experiences, beliefs and values expressed by students and staff involved in this course. We support Purdue's commitment to diversity, and welcome individuals of all ages, backgrounds, citizenships, disability, sex, education, ethnicities, family statuses, genders, gender identities, geographical locations, languages, military experience, political views, races, religions, sexual orientations, socioeconomic statuses, and work experiences.

For additional information about diversity and nondiscrimination at Purdue, visit the following websites:

Emergency Response Procedures

Purdue University has an Integrated Emergency Management Plan (IEMP). This plan includes procedures, processes, and plans for responding to an emergency. Visit the Emergency Preparedness website for more information.

It is also important to be familiar with the following classroom emergency response procedures.

Emergency: For ANY emergency, call 911 (fire, medical emergency, etc.).

  • ARMS B061: Phone is in the corner of the room by the podium.
  • ARMS B098: Phone is in the internal hallway by the printer.

Fire Alarm or Evacuation: Gather all critical personal belongings and exit the building using the stairs. Do not use the elevator.

  • ARMS B061: Proceed up the stairs by Amelia's Cafe.
  • ARMS B098: Proceed up the stairs by B122 (away from Amelia’s).

Meet in the emergency assembly area in the grass between Civil Engineering and the Johnson Hall of Nursing.

  • Shelter in Place: Could occur due to tornado, accidental release of toxic chemicals, shots fired on campus, etc.
  • Tornado: Stay in the classroom. In B098, move away from any glass and sit on the floor.
  • Other situations: The course of action will depend upon the situation; FYE has an extensive emergency plan that will be put into action.
  • Recommendation: Remain in the classroom and wait for further instructions.

Note: In any situation, follow instructions from emergency response personnel (police, fire department, etc.) when they are present.

In the event of a major campus emergency, course requirements, deadlines and grading percentages are subject to changes that may be necessitated by a revised semester calendar or other circumstances beyond the instructor’s control. Information about any changes will be available in Blackboard.

Updated September 18, 2018