Introduction to Engineering Design

  • Introduction to Engineering and Design (IED) 2018 - 2019
    DMACC EGT 400 (3 credits)
    Greg Brcka

    Northview 965-9700 x 7222               Southview 965- 9635

    Project Lead The Way (PLTW)

    Project Lead The Way prepares students to be innovative and productive leaders in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and to make meaningful, pioneering contributions to our world. PLTW partners with middle schools and high schools to provide a rigorous, relevant STEM education. Through an engaging, hands-on curriculum, PLTW encourages the development of problem-solving skills, critical thinking, creative and innovative reasoning, and a love of learning.

    This curriculum is designed as a four-year high school sequence. Foundation courses (Introduction to Engineering DesignPrinciples of Engineering, and Digital Electronics) are followed by a number of electives to create eight rigorous, relevant, reality-based courses. Ankeny Community Schools and DMACC have partnered together to offer these courses to you.

    IED Course Description

    Introduction to Engineering Design is the first course in the Project Lead the Way curriculum. The major focus of the IED course is to expose students to the design process, research and analysis, teamwork, communication methods, global and human impacts, engineering standards and technical documentation. Students use 3-D solid modeling design software (Autodesk Inventor) to help them design solutions to solve proposed problems and learn how to document their work and communicate solutions to peers and members of the professional community.

    Student Supplies Needed

    1.An engineering notebook (This must be GRID lined, and must be bound. The papers may not be removable. You can obtain this at Staples, Wal-Mart, etc.  Sample pictures are at the end.)
    2.BLACK pens only for work in the engineering notebook, pencils, and erasers

    College Credit for IED

    IED is a rigorous college-level course where successful students will earn credit from DMACC.  As this is a college course you will need to plan for substantial out-of-class work time (homework) to be successful. 

    Grading for IED

    Your semester grade will be calculated based on two main categories: Process and Product. Because you are learning about engineering and not yet an actual engineer, the process that you go through counts just as much as the product that you create. Professional behavior is also expected of you as an up-and-coming engineer, and therefore this will also be recorded in Infinite Campus.

    PROCESS (50% weight)--  Thorough documentation of projects and learning in the Engineering Notebook/e-Portfolio, Activity sheets and other simple assessments.


    PRODUCT (50% weight) -- Projects, Presentations and Unit Assessments


    Professional Behaviors -- Prepared for class
    On-time work completion
    In-class focus on work


    * Semester Test is graded at 10% of the semester grade.

    * No extra credit is given in this course. 

    * Assessment retakes are allowed with certain conditions. Only 2 reassessments allowed per semester.
    *Timeliness is a standard of this course. Handing in assignments or projects after the due date will affect your grade.

    ** We are in the process of changing the grading to be based upon Standards.  You may see different types of grading in the grade book.  I will do my best to communicate the differences to both the student and parent.  It is my goal to make sure both types of grading communicate what the student knows at the time of the assessment.
    How students will be graded on academics:


    • Letter grades will continue to be assigned for all courses at the secondary level based on the 0-100 percent scale.
    • When utilizing a rubric with four levels of proficiency (Beginning, Making Progress, Meeting the Standard, Exceeding), teachers will show the connection between a student’s performance on the rubric to the assigned grade within the 0-100 percent scale. This connection will be communicated at the onset of its use and throughout the learning progression for the purpose of providing feedback.


    Grading Scale for Non-weighted Classes:

    Letter Grade:               A

    Minimum Percent:       92.5

    Letter Grade:               A-

    Minimum Percent:      89.5

    Letter Grade:               B+

    Minimum Percent:      86.5

    Letter Grade:               B

    Minimum Percent:      82.5

    Letter Grade:               B-

    Minimum Percent:      79.5

    Letter Grade:               C+

    Minimum Percent:      76.5

    Letter Grade:               C

    Minimum Percent:      72.5

    Letter Grade:               C-

    Minimum Percent:      69.5

    Letter Grade:               D+

    Minimum Percent:      66.5

    Letter Grade:               D

    Minimum Percent:      62.5

    Letter Grade:               D-

    Minimum Percent:      59.5

    Letter Grade:               F

    Minimum Percent:      Below 59.5


    Guiding Practices:


    Multiple and Varied Assessment Opportunities

    All students should have multiple and varied assessment opportunities to demonstrate higher levels of achievement.   Additional opportunities may include being reassessed on only the content/skills not mastered, spiraling assessment of content/skill on subsequent assessments, reassessment of an alternate form of an assessment (e.g., Form B instead of Form A), student revisions of work products based on descriptive feedback, or alternative methods of assessments (e.g., an oral response rather than a written test).  


    Guidelines for reassessment opportunities include the following:

    • Students will be provided the opportunity to be reassessed - best practice is to provide additional opportunities for students to demonstrate learning during future assessments.
    • Teachers determine appropriateness and authentic need for reassessments.
    • Reassessment method will be provided at the discretion of the teacher.
    • Reassessments will be given within a reasonable time frame that the teacher determines and students will be communicated with in advance.


    Homework / Independent Practice


    Homework is an opportunity for students to practice skills, apply knowledge, review and build on past learning, and extend learning.  Homework is individualized and based on each student’s progress towards established standards.  The purpose of the assignment will determine whether or not a grade is given and will be clearly articulated to students. Through independent learning tasks (homework), students assume more responsibility for their learning and are given opportunities to apply what they have learned to new situations or experiences.


    Extra Credit and Bonus Points


    To ensure that grades reflect progress toward and achievement of the standards, giving extra credit points or bonus points will not occur in this class.   


    Behavioral Expectations


    The work habits/behavior standards are for grades 6-12 courses in our district. These work habits/behavior standards will be reported throughout the semester and are as follows:

    • Organization and Readiness
    • Productivity and Accountability
    • Collaboration Skills

    For those of you accessing this document electronically, the work habits tool can be accessed online:  Work Habit Tool Online Link. We will be using the following performance levels


    Performance Levels for Work Habits/Behavior Standards:

    MS = Meets Standard

    PM = Partially Meets Standard

    DM = Doesn’t Meet Standard

    NE = No Evidence


    These descriptors are intended for feedback and communication and do not impact a student’s GPA.


    Formative and Summative Assessment:



    • Formative Assessment: Formal and informal processes teachers and students use to gather evidence for the purpose of improving learning.


    • Summative Assessment:  Assessments that provide evidence of student achievement for the purpose of making a judgment about student competence or program effectiveness.


    The field of engineering requires individuals to be professional and responsible. This includes contributing to your team, using materials and tools properly, maintaining an organized workspace, being prepared with all materials, and documenting your work in your engineer’s notebook. Remember – this class is designed to help you learn about the field of engineering. One thing that all engineers have in common, regardless of type, is that they are prepared, organized and professional! 

    Cell phones, other devices, etc.:  We will use cell phones as tools in our class.  Sometimes it will be needed as a calculator, a camera or a calendar.  These are legitimate uses of a cell phone.  It may NOT be used to text other students or parents during class or to check social media. If caught doing this I will require that you turn in your cellphone/music device at the beginning of class and you may pick it up as you leave.  Music devices are not allowed.  We communicate with each other often.  Ear buds will not be allowed to be worn during class except when authorized for an activity.  

    Tips for Success
    When in doubt, ASK QUESTIONS! Ask me, your partner, your parents, an engineer, or look it up in a book or online. If you find something interesting, share it with the rest of the class. IED is all about teamwork and problem solving, but teamwork starts with individual drive and initiative. Take responsibility for your education and make the most of your time in this class. 

    I am a traveling teacher that also coaches.  At Northview, my room will be open to students by 7:30.  You will need a pass to get in. You may email me the night before and I will have a pass for you.  At Southview, I will do my best to have students come in during their flex time.  Just communicate with me and will work out something to get every student the help that they need.

    I can almost guarantee that at some point during this year you will feel frustrated, stumped, disappointed, or just plain angry about a project or lesson. Don’t worry! It’s all part of the engineering process and it will make your successes that much sweeter. If a problem has you stuck, take a break and do something that you enjoy and find relaxing. Sometimes the best ideas will come to you when you’re not stressing about it. 

    Welcome to Introduction to Engineering Design! 
    Let’s have a great year!

    Greg Brcka


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