CSCI 179 Engineering Design

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There is no textbook, but you should be prepared to spend around $100 for the materials that we will use in this class.
MWF 10:00-11:15 AM
RBH 223
Rebecca Bruce
Office: RBH 220
Office Hours: M,W: 11:15-12:00 & Th 1:00-2:30

This course introduces freshman students to UNCA and to engineering design. Engineering design combines creativity with a systematic approach to problem solving. In this course, we focus on facilitating creativity. The course will emphasize the following: the design process, 3D modeling, microprocessors, fabrication, and the creative use of these tools to solve problems. This is a 'hands-on' course; all concepts will be introduced in an interactive lab/lecture environment. There will be ample opportunity for self-guided exploration and creativity.

We believe that it is essential to play with technology, exploring different possiblities directly in hardware and software. We believe that exploration should be self-guided to the largest extent possible. Creativity is fostered by self-guided exploration. In order to incourage creativity, this class strives to offer the nine dimensions of a climate for innovation (Prather, C. W., 1996).

Lecture: Students are expected to attend all class meetings. Failure to do so will impact your class grade and will be considered a lack of interest in success on the part of the student. Students are responsible for completeing all work missed due to class absense on their own.
Exams: If you must miss a quiz due to illness, you must email or telephone the instructor before the scheduled time to avoid a zero for that quiz.

Late assignments will not be accepted. As expected in an professional setting, assignments are due before class on the date specified in the statement of the problem. As per the catalog, students will be excused if they have documented emergencies or are representing UNCA on university-sanctioned travel. An equipment failure is not an excuse for turning in an assignment late.

  1. Introduce students to education in a liberal arts environment by
    • integrating information and intellectual approaches from different disciplines
    • directly addressing the nature of the liberal arts, being multi-disciplinary or interdisciplinary in their approach to the topics
    • emphasizing the responsibilities of a liberally educated person, promoting understanding about the campus community
    • utilizing active learning opportunities
  2. Assist students in making the transition to UNCA by providing opportunities for students to
    • becoming an active member of the campus community
    • develop personal responsibility for their choices and goals
    • learn about campus resources
  3. Achieve the following learning outcomes.
    • students will be able to clearly articulate in their ideas in scientific writing
    • students will be able to clearly articulate in class discussion their ideas about course content
    • students will understand how a liberal arts education differs from other approaches to higher education
    • students will be able to create 3D scale models in Google SketchUp
    • students will understand basic 3D graphics terminology
    • students will be able to read a simple schematic diagram
    • students will be able to wire simple circuits
    • students will be able to program the Arduino microprocessor

Tentative Course Schedule

Sunday: Book Discussion, 3D Food Modeling.
Monday: Introduction to the course, Introduction to Moodle Forum writing, and Google SketchUp Exercise 1; Pre-course survey
Wednesday: SketchUp Exercise 2 and Found-Object Project
Monday: Model objects for Found-Object Project in SketchUp
Wednesday: Eileen Buecher, Career Center Director; Submit 2D views of Found-Object models to moodle forum
Monday: Found-Object project fabrication in class; Submit sketchUp model of fabricated sculpture to moodle
Wednesday: Eileen Buecher, Career Center Director; Sarah Jones for NSCS; & Take-Home Test on Google SketchUp; Sample Solution
Thursday: 7:15pm dinner meeting to display found-object sculptures
Monday: No Class: Labor Day
Wednesday: Brent Skidmore, Craft Campus Director; Discussion of Writing;
Writing Assignment
Monday: Part 1: Circuit Mapping, Circuit Mapping Forum, Identify Groups on Intro. Forum
Wednesday: Part 2: Circuit Measuring, Circuit Measuring Forum
Monday: Part 2: Circuit Bending, Circuit Bending Forum
Wednesday: Part 3: Circuit Bending, Circuit Bending Forum
Monday: Part 3: Circuit Bending, Circuit Bending Forum
Wednesday: Review for Test on Basic Electronics, Writing Assignment, Sound Project Part 1 & Sound Project Part 1 Forum
Monday: Test on Basic Electronics, Sound Project Part 1, & Sound Project Part 1 Forum
Wednesday: Sound Project Part 2, Sound Project Part 2 Forum
Monday: Fall Break, Enjoy!
Wednesday: Sound Project Part 2 Continued, Sound Project Part 2 Forum
Monday: Sound Project Part 2 Continued, Sound Project Part 2 Forum
Wednesday: Sound Project Part 2 Continued, Sound Project Part 2 Forum
Monday: Sound Project Part 3, review for Quiz on Sound Programming, & Writing Assignment,
Wednesday: Calley Stevens Director of Learning Support & Quiz on Sound Programming
Monday: LEDs & Sensor Project Part 1, LEDs & Sensor Project Part 1 Forum
Wednesday: LEDs & Sensor Project Part 1, LEDs & Sensor Project Part 1 Forum
Monday: LEDs & Sensor Project Part 2, LEDs & Sensor Project Part 2 Forum
Wednesday: LEDs & Sensor Project Part 2, LEDs & Sensor Project Part 2 Forum
Monday: LEDs & Sensor Project Part 2, LEDs & Sensor Project Part 2 Forum, review for Quiz on LEDs and Sensors, & Writing Assignment,
Wednesday: Student-Led Project & Quiz on LEDs and Sensors
Thursday: Joel Horne on Creative Use of Technology, 7-8pm in RBH 125
Monday: Student-Led Project
Wednesday: No Class: Happy Thanksgiving!
Monday: Student-Led Project
Wednesday: Student-Led Project
Final Exam: Present final projects. Wednesday 6:00-7:30 pm


Description Number Individual Points Net Points
Quizes 4 20 80
Projects 5 25 125
Essays 5 20 100
Daily Participation
29 2 58
Totals 363 points

Letter grades are assigned based on the percentage of available points obtained by a student. 100% to 90% guarantees an A, 89% to 80% guarantees a B, and so on. The instructor reserves the option of relaxing the cut-offs for a letter grade in special circumstances. Plus and minus grades will be used for this course.


Arduino More Basic EE Batteries
Arduino Home Page Using a Multimeter How Batteries Work
Arduino Software Studying Electronics With the Electronics Club Different Types
Arduino Tutorials Basic Electricity for Computer Scientists DC Motors
Arduino Projects Electronics Tutorials How DC Motors Work
MakerShed Arduino site Google SketchUp Basic Motor Theory
Tod Kurt's Arduino Blog SketchUp Home Page Virtual Physics Labs
FTP SketchUp Start Up Kit Principles of Operation
Basic Commands SketchUp Tutorials Servos
Putty (secure FTP and telnet) Commands UNCA Resources How to Modify a Servo
Basic EE Freshman Toolkit How Servos Work
All About Circuits University Writing Center Writing Resources
Resistor Codes Career Center Grading Guidelines for Writing
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