ENGN 0030: Introduction to Engineering

Course Goals




School of Engineering
Brown University



EN3 is intended to give a broad introduction to the engineering discipline to those with little or no previous exposure to the subject, as well as to provide a foundation for further study in engineering. Topics discussed include: (i) an introduction to engineering; (ii) vectors; (iii) optimization; (iv) statics; and (v) engineering design; . The course concludes with a major design project.


Core Engineering Program: ABET Course Outcomes


Course: ENGN0030 Introduction to Engineering

Instructor: Professor Clifton

Revision Date: Fall 2011


Course Description: An introduction to various engineering disciplines, thought processes and issues.  Topics include: computing in engineering, engineering design, and optimization.  Case studies are used to illustrate engineering fields and scientific principles. Course includes in-depth study of statics as well as two design  projects and a measurement lab.


Corequisites:  MA10 or higher. 


Outcomes: Students completing EN3 shall:


1.      Be able to apply the engineering method to pose and solve simple design and optimization problems, including: to estimate unknown data, identify constraints, develop quantitative models of a system or component, formulate appropriate objective functions; and use numerical or analytical methods to solve optimization and design problems.

Addresses ABET outcomes (e), (h)

Assessment: Homework assignments, optimization and design projects, student survey.


2.      Be proficient with use of Newtonian mechanics to analyze forces in 3D quasi-static structures or mechanical systems, including vector representation of forces; vector manipulations; use of free body diagrams; the method of sections and joints; and problems involving friction.

Addresses ABET outcome (a)

Assessment: Homework assignments, examinations, design project, student survey


3.      Be able to apply design methods, statics, vectors and computational methods to complete a realistic engineering design, including: to function effectively in teams of 3-5 students; to write clear and effective technical reports; apply principles of statics, vectors and optimization to make decisions during the engineering design process; to complete all phases of the design process, including conceptual design; embodiment design and detail design; to formulate technical specifications for a design through appropriate mechanical drawings; and to manufacture a design according to specifications using simple workshop tools.

Addresses ABET outcomes (c) (d) (e) (g) (k).

Assessment: Homework assignments, design project, student survey