CIVL 205

ABET SYLLABUS

Course Title and Number

CE 20 Computer Applications in Engineering

Catalog Description

Use of computer in a variety of applications from the field of engineering. Topics include computer hardware, technical word processing, electronic spreadsheets, computer charting and drawing, computer programming, presentation software, and ethics. 4.0 hours of activity.

Course Objectives

The purpose of this course is to provide students with the fundamental computer skills needed to succeed in the Civil Engineering degree program and in subsequent graduate studies and/or professional practice.  The objectives of the course are as follows:

  • Development of student confidence in learning and using new computer software.
  • Ability to utilize a word-processor to efficient create lab reports and documents with features including tables, styles, table of contents, equations, and graphics.
  • Creation of computer presentations (i.e. slideshows) for presenting reports.
  • Proficiency in a spreadsheet application including the ability to automate repetitive equations, solve simultaneous equations, develop macros for automating tasks, and data manipulation.
  • Basic proficiency in a simple programming language to familiarize students with programming techniques to allow for future growth in programming skills.
Topics Covered

Topics covered in the class.

Outcomes

Students completing this course will be able to:

  • Utilize a word-processor to efficiently create lab reports and documents with features including tables, styles, table of contents, equations, and graphics.
  • Develop computer presentations (i.e. slideshows) for presenting reports.
  • Direct a spreadsheet to automate repetitive equations, solve simultaneous equations, develop macros for automating tasks, and data manipulation.
  • Develop basic programs  and build upon their programming techniques to allow for future growth in programming skills.
Class Schedule

Two 2-hour activities each week.

Contribution of Course to Meet the Professional Component

Engineering Sciences
Engineering Design

Relationship of Course to Program Objectives

The course supports the achievement of the following ABET program outcomes and objectives: (reference Engineering Criteria 2000, Criterion 3)

  • Ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering.
  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Recognition of need for and ability to engage in life long learning
  • Knowledge of contemporary issues.
  • Ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

The course supports the achievement of the following CE program objectives:

  • Provide a broad-based education in engineering sciences and design.
  • Provide a rigorous, well-balanced, comprehensive and contemporary curriculum stressing fundamentals common to many fields of civil engineering.
  • Develop skills of written communication and critical thinking, which are important to a successful professional life.
Assessment
  • Daily homework assignments, collected weekly for numerical grading and written feedback.  
  • Occasional unannounced quizzes.
  • Frequent in-class cooperative/interactive example assignments.
  • One major programming project.
  • One 2-hour comprehensive final exam.

Prepared by

Tonya Emerson