ENGS 21 - Overall Course Objectives

Students at work in an ENGS 21 class

  • To identify a need of society, then design a component, system, or process to satisfy the need.
  • To apply physics and mathematics from previous courses to a design project.
  • To design and conduct experiments or tests, then analyze and interpret data (ideally using the statistical methods taught in this course).
  • To function effectively on a team.
  • To apply ethical principles to a case study and the course design project.
  • To communicate effectively through written and verbal reports.
  • To begin the practice of life-long learning through an analysis of new technology.
  • To use modern engineering tools in the design process.

In order to fulfill these objectives you will be working in groups on a term-long design project. The specific field of the projects changes each time the course is taught. The format is that a fictional foundation, The Dartmouth College Educational Foundation, sends out a request for proposals to which each group will respond. This winter the areas of focus are Improvements in Learning or Safety. The request for proposals follows:

Improvements in Learning or Safety

The Dartmouth College Educational Foundation (DCEF) is looking for proposals for innovative and ingenious devices related to Improvements in Learning or Safety. Groups may choose to focus on any age group and any subset of the population (children, elderly, handicapped, etc.). The DCEF has a broad perspective and will consider proposals in a wide variety of areas. Therefore, the topics Improvements in Learning or Safety should be considered in their broadest context. Note that projects that involve animals, gun safety, or that are ONLY software based will not be permitted.

During the term, you will be expected to:

  1. Select a problem in the field of Improvements in Learning or Safety.
  2. Determine the magnitude of the problem.
  3. Determine the specifications associated with a satisfactory solution.
  4. Generate a set of potential alternative approaches.
  5. Select an approach.
  6. Develop a prototype.
  7. Test the prototype.
  8. Develop a venture proposal.
  9. Present the prototype and venture proposal to the Review Board.

The DCEF has brought together a Review Board to assess and evaluate your efforts. The Review Board will meet three times to listen to group presentations during the term and grade them. These presentations are: your proposal, your progress report, and your final presentation. The course director will grade your written work for each of these reports. There will also be informal group discussions on progress later in the term. See the schedule for details. Good luck! We look forward to your proposals.