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Engineering Key Community Seminar

KEY 192A


Catalog Description:  The goal of the Engineering Key Community Seminar is to introduce freshman engineering students to the engineering profession by examining the impact of engineering research, design, analysis and development on society.   Students will also be introduced to the unifying engineering science principles such as the conservation of mass, momentum and energy, materials science, mathematical algorithms and how these principles (along with manufacturing techniques, cost, safety requirements, environmental considerations and intellectual property) impact the design of engineering systems.   Students will also develop technical communication, time management and critical thinking skills.

Required Reading: Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam, Delta; Reprint edition (January 11, 2000).

Instructor: Anthony J. Marchese                                      Download Course Syllabus: here

Office: Scott Bioengineering 104                                      
Phone: (970) 491-2328                                                      Office Hours:  TBD

home and objectives


Attendance (30%). The class meets once per week and attendance is required. 
Class Participation (30%). The class format will be interactive and participation in class discussions is expected.  In-class exercises will be conducted in teams and indivually.
Homework/Project (40%). Short homework assignments will be given each week in support of the topics covered that week.  In addition, a project will be completed.

Attendance Policy and Other Rules 

• Attendance at each class is required. Class participation is a key component of the course
• Please do not be late to class.
Please turn cell phones off and keep them in your pockets.  Obviously, if you have some sort of emergency situation where you need to leave your cell phone on, just let me know prior to class.
• Bring your calculators to class, since we will work on a lot of problems in class.
• Lap tops or tablets are allowed for calculation and/or note taking, but please refrain from surfing the web, unless I ask you to visit a URL in support of the lecture.

• Assignments are due at the beginning of class.  Late assignments will not be collected but I will drop the lowest homework grade.

course outline and notes

homework assignments

Assigned Readings

engineering design of the week

egnineering research

rules and grading

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