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Course Administration and Policies

ENGR0015: Course Administration and Policies


The majority of the course will include weekly homework assignments. The goal is to assign the homework on Tuesday and collect it the following Tuesday. It is possible that during the weeks of exams that the homework schedule may change. A detailed list of course topics can be found in the Course Syllabus. The assignments/projects are to introduce the following topics:

  1. Use of the internet to maintain your university account,
  2. HTML programming,
  3. Use of spreadsheets (EXCEL) in problem solving, and
  4. Use of the library to fill information to fill in the content of a web page.

Each of the above topics will have a number of assignments and/or design projects. These assignments are ill structured in nature (you will have to decide exactly what to do).  They are intended to tax your judgment and creativity as well as your problem solving skills.

The first two topics will be included in the first design project. Each person will design their own web page and then teams will be made and each team will design a company web page. The EXCEL topics will include the solution of a number of engineering applications. The problems will also be integrated with your calculus, physics or chemistry courses as much as possible.  Details on all of these topics will be posted on the Assignments page of the ENGR0015 web page.


The following is the break down of points associated with the above course topics.

Each student will take all the tests, must design their own web page, and take the quizzes. However, the Homework, the team web page and some of the quizzes will be completed as a group project. When something is done as a group assignment, each team member will get the same score on the assignment. Thus, for the homework and the team web page each member of the team will get the same score. Some of the quizzes will be group quizzes and some will be individual quizzes. The nature of the quiz will be stated before the quiz is given.

Course Component Percentage
Test 1 - Excel & Unix, (Computer and Written components) 35%
Test 2 - HTML, (Computer and Written components) 25%
Homework 15%
Quizzes 15%
Individual Web page  5%
Team Web page 5%

Grade Calculation:  

The final course grades will be based on the following percentage breakdown. Note, the instructor has the right to lower this final grade percentages, but not raise them.

Percentage Course Grade
100, 99 A+
98 - 93
92 - 89 A-
88 - 85 B+
84 - 79
78 - 75 B-
74 - 71 C+
70 - 65
64 - 61 C-
59 and below

University Policies:

School of Engineering Statement on Students with Disabilities:
If you have a disability for which you are or may be requesting an accommodation, you are encouraged to contact both your instructor and Disability Resources and Services, 140 William Pitt Union, (412) 648-7890(412) 648-7890/ (412) 383-7355(412) 383-7355(TTY), as early as possible in the term. DRS will verify your disability and determine reasonable accommodations for this course.

Student Conduct:
We suggest you take the time to read the university policies on University Student Judicial System Code of Conduct. We assume every student has read these policies and understand the impact these policies have on each student.

Teaching Assistants:  

There are a number of teaching assistants (TAs) associated with the class.  The TA assists with the interactive work, fields questions, and helps grade the homework, quizzes and exams.  If you need help with anything, you should begin by directing your questions to your your fellow students, the TA, and the course instructor. Do not just sit around if you do not understand something. We designed this course so you must ask questions, remember it is very easy for us to ask you to do something you do not know how to do, so ask.

Office Hours:

Your professor will tell you when they are available for individual consultations.  The schedule for the TA is posted on the Tutoring Schedule button on the left. Remember that they all have other responsibilities and are not always available, particularly at times other than their announced office hours.


The course text book "Introduction to Engineering Software Tools" 2nd Edition by Software Education and Support, is available at the book store. We suggest you bring it to class every day.

Required Supplies:

A flash drive.


You are expected to attend all classes and participate actively in the interactive sessions.