Course Title: EE/ME 001: First Year Design Experience
Class Information: Spring 2006
Class time: 1325-1415 F
Class location: Votey 105
Labs: M or W 1325-1555 or M or W 1600-1830
Lab location: Perkins 101
Instructor Information: Dr. Jeff Frolik (Electrical Engineering)
357 Votey

Dr. Jeff Marshall (Mechanical Engineering)
307 Votey

Office Hours: email for an appointment
Co-requisite: ENGR 002: Graphical Communication
Course Objectives:
  • To gain insight on the engineering profession
  • To introduce important concepts pertinent to being a successful engineer (e.g. teamwork, critical analysis, technical communications, ethics, systems thinking).
  • To reinforce these objectives through hands-on experiences and inquiry based learning.
  • To build connections and networking among first-year students, the faculty, and other engineering students.
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    Grading: Lecture Attendance: 10%
    Engineer Interview: 10%
    Short Essays: 10%
    WebCT Quizzes/Surveys: 10%
    Laboratory Assignments: 15%
    Team Design Project: 45%
    Grade Scale: A [90, 100]
    B [80, 90]
    C [70, 80]
    D [60, 70]
    F [0, 60]
    breaks within above ranges are used to set +/-
    Topics: Course introduction
    Alternative energy sources
    Wireless sensors and energy harvesting
    Engineering design process
    Opportunities while at UVM
    Opportunities outside UVM
    EE and ME student organizations and senior projects
    Local companies working in the energy area
    General: The theme for this course will be the interdisciplinary nature of engineering where we will use the topic of alternative energy systems to demonstrate how EEs and MEs in practice work together. The course consists of weekly lectures and lab sessions.

    The instructor will post all essay questions, lab assignments, solutions, and additional material at the WebCT site for this class. This can be found at:

    Throughout the semester, the instructor will give students feedback on how they are progressing in the course.
    Lecture: Lecture attendance will count 10% towards the final grade. Students will conduct and present the findings of an interview. The interviewee need not currently be a practicing engineer, but must have received a B.S. in engineering. The interview project will count 10% of the student's final grade and details will be due around the midpoint of the semester.

    This course will also utilize articles from the Atlantic Monthly throughout the semester. Given that Energy is a timely topic, we expect that the Atlantic Monthly will have pertinent pieces related to the course. Each student will receive three issues of the magazine and we will incorporate relevant content in our lectures and labs. Students will further explore/debate the content of these articles and other lecture material in short essays. These essays will count 10% towards the final grade. Another 10% of your grade will come from quizzes and surveys that will be conducted onlinethrough WebCT.

    Labs: Students will also participate in weekly hands-on laboratory exercises. Some activities will be performed individually, but most will be team-based exercises. Teams may be assigned or self-selected depending on the activity. Lab assignments will account for 15% of the final grade.

    In addition, students will work in teams to design their own energy harvesting and monitoring system. They will fabricate, test and demonstrate their working systems and document and present their results. The team design project will be graded based on completion of interim tasks in conjunction with peer evaluation and is worth the remaining 45% of the final grade.
    Attendance: Class and lab attendance WILL be checked. Furthermore students are expected to be active participants in this class.
    Plagiarism: Any students found giving and/or receiving assistance on Quizzes will receive a failing grade for the course. Any students found signing attendance sheets for another student will face similar discipline. However, students are encouraged to work together and to exchange ideas when working on their lab projects. Students must be sure to reference their work properly, including all web sources. UVM's policy on honesty is clearly defined and can be found at
    ADA: Students with disabilities should contact the instructor as soon as possible regarding necessary accommodations.
    ABET Matrix:

    0 no contribution
    1 very low level
    5 - very high level

  • Outcome #1: an ability to apply knowledge of mathmematics, science, and engineering to the analysis of electrical engineering problems; Contribution: 1
  • Outcome #2: an ability to design and conduct scientific and engineering experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data; Contribution: 4
  • Outcome #3: an ability to plan, specify, design, implement, and operate a system, component, or process to meet desired needs; Contribution: 4
  • Outcome #4: an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams; Contribution: 5
  • Outcome #5: an ability to identify, formulate, and solve electrical engineering problems; Contribution: 2
  • Outcome #6: an understanding of professional, legal, and ethical responsibility; Contribution: 2
  • Outcome #7: an ability to convey technical material through formal written work products which satisfy accepted standards for writing style; Contribution: 3
  • Outcome #8: an ability to convey technical material through oral presentation and interaction with an audience; Contribution: 3
  • Outcome #9: broad education and knowledge of contemporary issues necessary to understand the impact of electrical engineering solutions in a global and societal context; Contribution: 4
  • Outcome #10: a recognition and appreciation of the need for, and ability to engage in life-long learning and critical thinking; Contribution: 3
  • Outcome #11: an ability to use modern engineering techniques, skills, and tools, including computer-based tools, necessary for analysis and design; Contribution: 3