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Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation
Engineering Analysis Tools and Techniques
Course: ECE102

First Term: 2021 Fall
Lec + Lab   2.0 Credit(s)   4.0 Period(s)   4.0 Load  
Subject Type: Academic
Load Formula: T - Lab Load

Description: Learning culture of engineering, engineering use of computer tools, and computer modeling as applied to engineering analysis and design.

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Set personal, academic, and career goals to guide success in college studies. (I, II, III)
2. Use effective student success strategies. (I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII)
3. Describe the primary elements of the engineering profession, including the major engineering subspecialties and the type of projects they work on. (II, III)
4. Work effectively in collaborative teams on engineering projects. (IV, V)
5. Effectively communicate qualitative and quantitative information orally, visually, and in writing. (IV, V, VI, VII)
6. Use an engineering design process to propose solutions to real-world problems. (V)
7. Apply appropriate problem-solving techniques to engineering problems using graphical, mathematical, written, and computer modeling tools. (V, VI, VII)
8. Accurately incorporate units and dimensions when solving engineering problems. (V, VI, VII)
9. Use spreadsheets to organize information and develop numerical and graphical models to engineering problems. (VI, VII)
10. Interpret and analyze data from spreadsheets and discuss the results in written reports. (VI, VII)
MCCCD Official Course Competencies must be coordinated with the content outline so that each major point in the outline serves one or more competencies. MCCCD faculty retains authority in determining the pedagogical approach, methodology, content sequencing, and assessment metrics for student work. Please see individual course syllabi for additional information, including specific course requirements.
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. Student success strategies
   A. Time management and balance of work, life, school
   B. Study skills
   C. File management
   D. Identification of student support services
II. The engineering profession
   A. Major disciplines and specialties
   B. Engineering professional societies
   C. Importance of life-long learning
   D. Professional ethics
III. Career planning
   A. Selection of a major
   B. Academic paths
   C. Personal career planning
IV. Teamwork and collaboration
   A. Basic structure
      1. Goals
      2. Roles
      3. Communication strategies
      4. Relationships
   B. Giving and receiving feedback
   C. Decision making
   D. Managing conflict
   E. Completion of projects as a team
V. Engineering design process
   A. Outline of general approaches
   B. Iterative improvements through models and prototypes
   C. Application to design projects
      1. Mousetrap cars
      2. Egg rockets
      3. Catapults
      4. Lego MindStorm Robots
      5. Truss bridges
VI. Spreadsheets (such as Microsoft Excel) for developing engineering models
   A. Entering, deleting, editing, and formatting data
   B. Using cell references, built-in functions, and formulas
   C. Creating various types of graphs to visualize and interpret data
   D. Fitting functions to discrete sets of data
   E. Copying graphs and tables from spreadsheets into written reports
VII. Methods for communicating solutions of engineering problems
   A. Graphical approaches
   B. Numerical approaches
   C. Written reports
   D. Verbal presentations
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: February 23, 2021

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