Topic: Engineering to Improve the Quality of Life in Winter

Efficiency, Safety, Performance

Professor: John Collier

Tuesday/Thursday: 10:00-11:50am
X-hour: Wednesday 3:00-3:50pm
Spanos Auditorium, Cummings Hall

SYLLABUS - Winter 2014

Week 1: Introduction to the Course and Problem Solving Techniques

First Solidworks session

Tuesday, January 7 Goals of the course;
Introduction to the Engineering Method
Use of matrices for design decisions
Segmentation and problem solving techniques
Assignment: Complete Questionnaire
Wednesday, January 8 X-hour Needfinding Lecture (Prof. Peter Robbie) Assignment: read the Problem Solving Loop (Readings are on blackboard)
Wednesday, January 8
5:30 - 7:30 PM
Introduction to Thayer Lab & Machine Shop
Spanos Auditorium & Couch Project Lab
  • Meet classmates
  • Meet staff
  • Opportunity to visit facilities
Pizza Dinner
 
Thursday, January 9 How to select a problem
  • Previous successful projects
  • Less successful projects
  • Unsuccessful projects
Problem solving techniques and how to select a group
  • What to look for in a teammate
Patents and Intellectual Property

Hand out group selection sheets
Assignment: read Problem Solving method example.
Assignment: "How to Select a Team"
Friday, January 10 Icebreaker
Optional opportunity to meet more classmates prior to selecting your group.

Time and location to be determined based on your schedules
 

Week 2: Project Selection

Skills Session 2

Sunday, January 12 Groups are assigned!  
Tuesday, January 14 How to Give a Proposal Presentation

How to Write a Project Proposal
Group dynamics
Questions & Answers about Proposal;
Structure of the written and oral presentations
Assignment, in class feedback
Wednesday, January 15 X-Hour Models, mock-ups and 3D modeling
(Prof. Peter Robbie)
 
Thursday, January 16 Intriguing concepts and great ideas
Slide max: 6; 2 slides max per idea
3 minutes for presentation; 3 minutes Q&A
Assignment:
Provide feedback
Read Proposal Guidelines

Week 3: Proposal Presentations and Written Reports; Ethics

Skills Session 3

Monday, January 20, 12pm 1-Page Executive Summary Due
Electronically on ThayerFS (details to follow)
 
Tuesday, January 21 Proposal Presentations; Day 1
Spanos Auditorium
Assignment: Watch all groups; Provide questions or recommendations for each; turn in evaluation sheet
Wednesday, January 22 X-hour Ethics Lecture
Ronald M. Green, PhD
Assignment: Read Engineering Professional Code of Conduct
Thursday, January 23 Proposal Presentations; Day 2
Spanos Auditorium

2 Copies Proposal Reports Due 3pm
(10 pg. maximum plus appendices)
1 bound copy to room 119; 1 electronic copy on ThayerFS (details to follow)
Assignment: Watch all groups; Provide questions or recommendations for each; turn in evaluation sheet

Week 4: Ethics; Product Design

Skill Session 4

Tuesday, January 28 Engineering Ethics Case Study
Developing the Progress Report
Assignment: read the guidelines for progress reports and understand the grading sheet
Wednesday, January 29 X-Hour Product Design Lecture
(Prof. Peter Robbie)
 
Thursday, January 30 NO CLASS  

Week 5: Progress I Presentations and Written Reports

Skill Session 5

Monday February 3, 12pm 1-Page Executive Summary Due
Electronically on ThayerFS (details to follow)
 
Tuesday, February 4 Progress I Presentations; Day 1
Spanos Auditorium
Assignment: Watch all groups; Provide questions or recommendations for each; turn in evaluation sheet
Thursday, February 6 Progress I Presentations; Day 2
Spanos Auditorium

2 Copies Progress I Reports Due 3pm
(6 pg. maximum plus appendices)
1 bound copy to room 119; 1 electronic copy on ThayerFS (details to follow)
Assignment: Watch all groups; Provide questions or recommendations for each; turn in evaluation sheet

Week 6: Liability, Safety, and Sustainability

Skill Session 6

Tuesday, February 11 Statistics (Prof. Ron Lasky)

The Role of Engineers in Product Liability;
How to Protect Yourself
Read Statistics handout;
Read Liability handout
Wednesday, February 12 X-Hour Lab Safety Seminar (Prof. Chris Levey)
Note: this seminar is mandatory for all ENGS 21 students who haven't already taken it (as part of ENGS 24). You can check your status at engineering.dartmouth.edu/safety.

Note: The "Shop Safety" course does not satisfy this "undergraduate safety seminar" requirement.
 
Thursday, February 13 Sustainability (Prof. Benoit Cushman-Roisin)
Details on preparation for the Design Review; Progress Report II
Read Sustainability handout

Week 7: Progress II Presentations (No written component)

Skill Session 7

Tuesday, February 18 Progress II Presentations; Day 1
Design Review and interactive feedback
Couch Project Lab
Assignment: Watch all groups; Provide questions or recommendations for each; turn in evaluation sheet
Thursday, February 20 Progress II Presentations; Day 2
Design Review and interactive feedback
Couch Project Lab
Assignment: Watch all groups; Provide questions or recommendations for each; turn in evaluation sheet

Week 8: The Business Plan and Entrepreneurship — Selling Your Product

Skill Session 8

Tuesday, February 25 Entrepreneurship and Venture/Business Proposals (Mr. Gregg Fairbrothers)

Introduction to Engineering Economics: Why Cost is not Price
Marketing and How to Determine Price
Assignment: Read Prof Fairbrothers handout on entrepreneurship
Assignment: Read economics and cost/price handout
Thursday, February 27 How to prepare the 'Venture Proposal' portion of the Final Report
Q&A for the Final report
Assignment: Work with the 'skateboard' excel example and read guidelines for the final report

Week 9: Final Presentations and Written Reports

No skills session

Monday, March 3, 12pm 1-Page Executive Summary Due
Electronically on ThayerFS (details to follow)
 
Tuesday, March 4 Final Report Presentations; Day 1
Spanos Auditorium
Critique at least one presentation and turn in evaluation sheet
Wednesday, March 5 X-Hour Final Report Presentations; Day 2
Spanos Auditorium

2 Copies Final Reports Due at 3pm
(25 pg. maximum plus appendices)
1 bound copy to room 119; 1 electronic copy on ThayerFS (details to follow)
Critique at least one presentation and turn in evaluation sheet
Thursday, March 6 Demonstrations of Prototypes
GlycoFi Atrium
Groups pick their Top 3 projects