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ENGR 132: Transforming Ideas to Innovation II

Course Overview

ENGR 13200 builds upon the knowledge, skills, and practices covered in ENGR 13100.

Course Outcomes

In ENGR 13200, you will learn to:
  • apply basic programming concepts to the solution of engineering problems,
  • represent and interpret data in multiple formats,
  • develop, select, modify, and justify mathematical models to solve an engineering problem,
  • function effectively as a member of a team, and
  • demonstrate habits of a professional engineer.

Learning Objectives

See the detailed Learning Objectives for this course in Blackboard – click on Learning Objectives in the left-hand navigation menu.

Course Content

ENGR 13200 covers the following topics during the semester:
  • MATLAB Basics: Calculations, Scripts, Importing Data, Publishing Code, Relational Operators, Logical Operators, Plotting Data, User-Defined Functions, Selection Structures, While Loops, For Loops, and Complex Loops
  • Paired Programming
  • Linear Regression and Non-linear Regression
  • Flowcharts
  • Teaming: Team Dynamics, Team Member Roles, Diversity, Teamwork Dimensions, Code of Cooperation, Peer & Team Evaluation, and Dealing with Issues
  • Team Project: Brainstorming, Algorithm Development, Data Analysis, Mathematical Modeling, Regression, Solution Refinement, and Technical Brief Development

Teaching Team

Each section of ENGR 13200 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. One session each week will occur in the classroom ARMS B061, while the other will occur in the classroom ARMS B098. In class, you will participate in lectures and work on problem sets and projects. Additionally, each week, you will have online modules to watch, exploration activities to perform, and learning objective assessments to take. Three exams will occur during the semester. For exam dates, see the student schedule in Blackboard – click on Syllabus & Key Info in the left-hand navigation menu and then select Student Schedule in the resulting folder. Instead of reading chapters in a textbook, you are expected to watch online modules and complete other assignments before coming to class. Instructors will assume you have completed these tasks prior to 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.

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.
  • MATLAB: You will use Version 2017a or newer. Most students purchase either the MATLAB Student version ($49) or the MATLAB and Simulink Student Suite ($99) via the MathWorks Store. Past students reported they were glad that they purchased a student license.
  • Software Remote: Alternate access to MATLAB (Link to Software Remote).
  • 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 13200 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.


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.


The teaching team will assign your semester grade according to the total points you earn as detailed in the table below. Note: The teaching team will not round up your semester grade.




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 earned as shown in the table below. See the information in the ENGR 13200 Blackboard course via Demonstrate Proficiency in the left-hand navigation menu for details on assignments and point values. While some points are earned individually, ~35% of the total points are earned for work performed and submitted as a team. Failure to adequately engage in team activities may result in individual loss of credit on work that was turned in as a team.



Total Points

Learning Objective Assessments


Problem Sets






Team Member Effectiveness


Miscellaneous 20




To pass ENGR 13200 and move on to an engineering school program, your final grade in ENGR 13200 must be a C- or better (i.e., at least 700 total points). Further, you must also demonstrate sufficient mastery of the first two course goals at the beginning of this syllabus by earning at least 50% of the possible points on the Exams (individual portion) and the Problem Sets, combined.


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 13200 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 13200 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 13200 included (e.g., “ENGR 13200: 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 13200, 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 13200 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