Course

Engineering and Technology in Society

Faculty
Science & Technology
Department
Engineering
Course Code
ENGR 1100
Credits
3.00
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
36
Method Of Instruction
Lecture
Typically Offered
Summer

Overview

Course Description
This course is designed to provide an introduction to the practice of engineering, surveying its history and its current state. The social and political aspects of engineering decisions will be illustrated by a number of case studies.
Course Content

Students will explore the history and current state of engineering practice by analyzing engineering project case studies such as the Pyramids of Egypt, the Roman Aqueducts, the Great Wall of China, the Panama canal, and the Three Gorges dam.

The afore listed case study analysis will strongly emphasize the ethical, social and political aspects of engineering projects. 

As well, students will be expected to analyze present day projects such as the Trans Mountain pipeline, and the BC Hydro Site C dam.

Methods Of Instruction
  • Lectures
  • In class group discussion
  • In class case study analysis
  • Group Projects
  • Poster presentations
  • Possible online Assignments and Discussion
Means of Assessment

Evaluation will be carried out in accordance with Douglas College policy. The instructor will present a written course outline with specific evaluation criteria at the beginning of the semester. Evaluation will be based on the following:

Research Paper: 30% - 40%

Project with subsequent poster presentation: 20% - 30%

In Class Participation and/or group exercise: 10% - 15%

In Class Quizzes: 15% - 30%

Assessment means could include online quizzes and assignments.

Learning Outcomes

After taking this course, the student will be able to:

  • Analyze major engineering projects in terms of key resources such as cost, labour, and implementation time.
  • Analyze major engineering projects in terms of societal benefits, and detriments.
  • Identify, current and historical, key engineering projects, devices, and inventions.
  • Identify, current and historical, key figures involved with engineering projects, devices, and inventions.
  • Demonstrate how to apply general scientific principles such as the laws of thermodynamics, and conservation of energy to situational and mathematical problems.
  • Apply scientific principles to debunk ‘junk’ science and engineering myths such as perpetual motion.

 

Textbook Materials

Students should consult the Douglas College Bookstore for the latest required textbooks and materials. The exact textbook and course materials will be decided by the course instructor.  They will be similar to: 

  • "The Betterment of the Human Condition" by John D. Jones, current edition
  • "The Ancient Engineers" by L. Sprague De Camp, 1995 edition
  • "Engineer's Toolkit: A First Course in Engineering" by Carl Mitcham, and Shannon Duval, current edition
  • "Engineers withing a Local and Global Society" by Caroline Baillie
  • "To Engineer is Human: The Role of Failure in Successful Design" by Henry Petroski, current edition

Requisites

Prerequisites

No prerequisite courses.

Corequisites

ENGL 1130 or CMNS 1135 must be completed prior to OR at the same time as this course.

Equivalencies

None

Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

These are for current course guidelines only. For a full list of archived courses please see https://www.bctransferguide.ca

Institution Transfer Details for ENGR 1100
Alexander College (ALEX) No credit
Capilano University (CAPU) CAPU APSC 1XX (3)
College of the Rockies (COTR) COTR APSC 1XX (3)
Columbia College (COLU) COLU APSC 1st (3)
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU APSC 1124 (1)
Northern Lights College (NLC) No credit
Okanagan College (OC) OC GEOG 1XX (3)
Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU ENSC 100 (3) or SFU MSE 102 (3) or SFU SEE 110 (3)
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) No credit
University Canada West (UCW) No credit
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) No credit
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) UBCV APSC 1st (3)
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV ENGR 1XX (3) or UFV GE 1XX (3)
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC ENGR 297 (1.5)
Vancouver Island University (VIU) VIU ENGR 1st (3)

Course Offerings

Summer 2022

CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
23292
Tue Thu
09-May-2022
- 10-Aug-2022
09-May-2022
10-Aug-2022
Bani Soltan
Sahar
Waitlist
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
36
21
15
1
Days
Building
Room
Time
Tue Thu
New Westminster - South Bldg.
S1720
16:30 - 18:20