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Estimated Completion Time

18 weeks


Applied Engineering 1a: Introduction

Discover how technology has changed the world around us by pursuing technological solutions to everyday problems. While using scientific and engineering methods, learn how electricity, electronic systems, magnets, and circuits work. Understand the design process and bring your ideas to life. Explore how engineering advances your ideas and the world!

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Major Topics and Concepts

Unit 1: What is Engineering?
Define and identify a technological system
Define engineering and describe its history
Explain how and why technological development and diffusion has rapidly increased
Describe how technology has shaped social, cultural, political, and economic landscapes throughout history
Describe how the development and use of technology has influenced past events

Unit 2: The Science of Electricity
Describe the structure of the atom and how it defines a conductor, semiconductor, and insulator
State the relationships between voltage, current, and resistance by the use of Ohm’s Law.
Calculate electrical power and energy
Describe the three laws of electrostatics
Explain the difference between a base unit and a derived unit

Unit 3: Circuits: The Building Blocks
Describe an open and closed loop electronic system with its input, process, and output components
Describe characteristics of permanent and electromagnets
Apply Ohm’s Law and Watt’s Law in a resistive circuit
Understand the differences between direct current and alternating current.
Identify electronic components such as resistors, capacitors, inductors

Unit 4: Types of Circuits
Describe Kirchhoff’s Current and Voltage Laws
Describe the use of diodes and transistors
Understand how to use logic gates
Interconvert binary, decimal, and hexadecimal values
Identify various common electronic schematic symbols

Unit 5: Engineering Tools and Safety
Describe various tools and equipment used by engineers
Identify common hazards found in the lab or workplace
Apply safety protocols in a lab or workplace
Identify rules and regulations that govern employees and employers

Unit 6: Putting Scientific Tools into Action
Identify the steps that formulate the scientific method
Make a clearly defined hypothesis
Differentiate between an independent and dependent variable
Differentiate between qualitative and quantitative data
Collect and write data in significant figures

Unit 7: The Engineering Design Process
Understand the engineering design process
Identify criteria and constraints
Identify the qualities of a great design
Understand the evaluation process for testing a design

Unit 8: Putting it All Together: Solid Modeling, Technical Drawing, and Prototyping
Identify various pictorial and orthographic drawing techniques
Apply ISO and ANSI standards on technical drawings
Apply part-dimensioning techniques
Apply CAD software for 3D solid modeling
Identify CAD based tools for part analysis

Credits .5

Meets the ICT requirement


  • Introduction to Engineering
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of the field of engineering by describing engineering, its history and its impact on social, cultural, political, and economic landscapes throughout history, and explaining how and why technological development and diffusion have rapidly increased.
  • Electricity and Circuits
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of electricity and circuits by summarizing the science of electricity, describing formulas and the application of electricity, explaining electronic calculations and components, and diagramming circuits.
  • Engineering Tools and Safety
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of engineering tools and safety by describing tools and equipment used by engineers, identifying and utilizing the steps to the scientific method, and explaining safety protocols, rules and regulations found in a lab or workplace.
  • Engineering Design Process and Application
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of the engineering design process and application by identifying and describing the steps in the engineering design process and explaining and applying engineering drawings, models and prototypes.



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