ENGR1500 Introduction to Engineering

Course Description

This course provides comprehensive information about diverse engineering disciplines, and roles, responsibilities, required skills, and aptitudes of engineers of diverse disciplines. This course provides exposure to the engineering profession through the incorporation of the imperative skills - networking with other students and professionals, team work, engineering design, computer skills, ethical decision-making, time management, and communicating to diverse audiences. Students are also introduced to engineering fundamentals through group projects and learn teamwork skills necessary for success in academics and as modern professional engineers. Engineers representing diverse disciplines will also present to students on their specific branch of engineering.

The 3 credit option for this class meets Mn Transfer Curriculum Goal Area 9 Ethical & Civic Responsibility. Students taking the 3 credit option will explore philosophical conceptions of morality, justice and value. Through an examination of major ethical theories, both contemporary and classical, the course reveals the relationship between ethical theory and ethical practice, particularly as it relates to careers in engineering and other STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) professions.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • For students enrolled in the 2 and 3 credit option:
    Compare the diverse engineering disciplines based on research and class activities.
  • Summarize codes of ethics and responsibilities of professional engineers.
  • Identify basic software used by engineers.
  • Create group design projects explaining the tasks performed to achieve design objective.
  • Explain engineering design processes.
  • Additional outcomes for students enrolled in the 3 credit option:
    Summarize a diverse range of philosophical thought and writings in the area of ethics.
  • Articulate and apply a personal system of ethics.
  • Analyze the basis of moral values in legal, social and scientific issues as expressed in contemporary and classical works in philosophy.
  • Apply core theoretical concepts in ethics to specific issues in the engineering and other STEM professions.
  • Utilize campus services, programs, and resources that promote student success and lifelong learning.


Please see eServices for section availability and current pre-req/test score requirements for this course.

0 credit: 3 lectures / presentations, 0 lab, 0 other