HON 179 Engineering Design

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There is no textbook, we will use on-line materials posted on this class page.
MWF 12:45-2:00 PM
RBH 223
Rebecca Bruce
Office: RBH 220
Office Hours: MWF: 10:00-10:45AM; T,R: 1-2:45PM, and by Appointment

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, basic electric circuits, 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 be accepted with a late penalty.
Up to ONE week past due date: 10% off regular grade
More than ONE week past due date: NO CREDIT

As per the catalog, students will be excused from the late penalty 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.


In addition to targeting the learning objectives listed below, this course is designed to meet the learning outcomes for Writing Intensive courses and the learning outcomes for courses in the Honors Program.

Tentative Course Schedule

Saturday 3:30-4:45: Creativity Discussion.
Monday: Introduction to the course, Introduction to Moodle Forum writing & SketchUp Exercise 1
Friday: Found-Object Project & SketchUp Exercise 2
Monday: Found-Object Sculpture Models
Friday: Found-Object Sculpture Model Completion & Construction
Monday: No Class: Labor Day
Wednesday: Optional Found-Object Sculpture Construction
Friday: Found-Object Sculpture, Career Center Introduction & MBTI, SketchUp Take-Home Quiz & Sample Solution
Monday: Sculpture Pictures, Sculpture Writing Assignment, Circuit Bending Project Part 1: Mapping , & Mapping Forum
Friday: Circuit Bending Project Part 1: Mapping , & Mapping Forum
Monday: MBTI Interpretation, Circuit Bending Project Part 2: Measuring & Measuring Forum
Friday: Circuit Bending Project Part 2: Measuring & Measuring Forum
Monday: Circuit Bending Project Part 3: Bending & Bending Forum
Friday: Voter Registration, Circuit Bending Quiz, Circuit Bending Writing Assignment Simple Circuits Part 1: Voltage & Current, & Voltage & Current Forum
Monday: Simple Circuits Part 2: Switches, & Ohm's Law Forum
Friday: Study Abroad Presentation & Simple Circuits Part 3: Electromagnets & Capacitors, & Electromagnets & Capacitors Forum
Monday: No Class: Fall Break, Enjoy!
Friday: Simple Circuits Part 4: Misfit Toys
Monday: Advising & Simple Circuits Part 4: Misfit Toys
Friday: Simple Circuits Part 4: Misfit Toys, Circuits Quiz Review, & Halloween Descriptive Writing Assignment
Monday: Simple Circuits Quiz
Friday: Talk by Brent Skidmore
Monday: Sound Part 1 & Hardware Forum
Friday: Sound Part 1 & Blink Forum
Monday: Sound Part 2, Variables & Procedures Forum , & Loops & If-Statements Forum
Friday: Sound Part 2, a new version of Melody, & Arrays & Music Forum
Monday: Sound Part 3, Sound Part 3 Forum , Sound Quiz Review, & Sound Writing Assignment
Friday: Programming Playhouse
Monday: Sound Quiz & LEDs and Sensors
Friday: No Class: Happy Thanksgiving!
Monday: Student-Led Project, LED and Sensors Takehome Quiz, & Songs for the Arduino
Friday: Student-Led Project
Monday: Student-Led Project
Final Exam: Present final projects. Friday 11:30-2:00 pm


Description Number Individual Points Net Points
Quizes 5 20 100
Projects 6 25 150
Essays 5 20 100
Daily Participation
27 2 54
Totals 404 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
  RBH 223 Schedule Editing Your Paper
    Grammar and Punctuation
    Active vs Passive Voice

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Last modified: August, 2010