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Introduction to Engineering – Fall 2015

All College of Engineering students must earn 2.0 credits of Introduction to Engineering. The Introduction to Engineering course is scheduled for completion in the freshman year and is intended to provide an introduction to engineering analysis and/or design.

ENG EK 131 and ENG EK 132 are 2.0 credit half-semester courses. ENG EK 131 meets during the first six weeks of the semester. ENG EK 132 meets during the second six weeks of the semester. You must complete either ENG EK 131 or ENG EK 132.

EK 131 begins on September 2 and ends on October 19

The last day to add an EK 131 module is September 14
The last day to drop EK 131, without a W is September 21
The last day to drop EK 131, with a W is October 5

EK 132 begins on October 26 and ends on December 9

The last day to add an EK 132 module is November 2
The last day to drop EK 132, without a W is November 9
The last day to drop EK 131, with a W is November 24

ENG EK 131/132 BE: The DNA Age: How DNA science and technology transforms medicine in the 21st century

Professor Frank-Kamenetskii
Enroll Limit: 20
Location: PRB 146


The module provides students with knowledge and understanding of undergoing revolutionary changes in medical practice due to the advent of DNA-based technologies of diagnostics, prognosis and treatment of various diseases. The fundamental concepts underlying the new developments are explained, such as: DNA and RNA chemical structure, DNA and RNA function in the cell, central dogma of molecular biology, DNA sequencing and the advent of the genome era, etc. Contemporary issues are covered, such as: new technologies of genome editing in vivo, repair of genome defects, cell engineering-based immunotherapy of cancer, the prospects of personalized medicine, etc. Special emphasis is given to serious ethical problems stemming from the advent of the DNA editing technologies. Students will be asked to prepare written essays arguing whether germ cells' genome editing must be banned or be allowed. Students, whose essays proved to be best articulated, are asked to debate in front of the class with the all other students engaged. At the end of the class the straw poll on the issue will be conducted. 2.0 credits

ENG EK 131/132 B1: Biomedical Engineering Environments

Professor Jackson
MW 3-5pm
Enroll Limit: 15
Location: SOC B65


Biomedical engineers perform a wide variety of functions in a wide variety of environments including laboratories or clinics in hospitals, product (hardware or software) design and development in private industry, biotech/pharmaceutical research and development. This module will provide an introduction to some of these functions and environments through lectures as well as tours. The scientific basis of instrumentation/equipment/processes will be presented in lectures as well as on, or off campus tours. As examples, tours may include facilities for medical imaging including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and computer tomography (CT) imaging, the physiology/surgery simulation lab at Children's Hospital, and BU's NeuroMuscular Research Center. 2.0 credits

ENG EK 131/132 B4: Human Brain Mapping

Professor Lucia Vaina
MW 3-5 pm
Enroll Limit:20
Location: PSY B42


The focus of this course is on the localization in the human brain of visual, motor and language functions and of their deficits resulting from stroke, schizophrenia, autism, and epilepsy. This will be accomplished by using theories and examples from human neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, neurology cases and behavioral studies.

The major emphasis of the class will be on structural and functional magnetic imaging as it applies to contemporary studies of human neuroanatomy, neurology, psychiatry and of normal behavior. We will briefly discuss the principles of MRI/fMRI, structural brain imaging in health and disease, bold physiology and haemodynamics, fMRi experiments and spatio-temporal characteristics. We will emphasize the ethical aspects of the research and clinical applications of functional neuroimaging and of other modern methods of functional brain mapping (MEG, presurgical planning), the difference between these methods and their specific advantages for various aspects of clinical practice.

The course consists of lectures, class discussions, writing a scientific essay on applications of functional neuroimaging, and presentations of scientific articles on the use of fMRI for clinical applications. There will be a take home ethics exam. 2.0 credits

ENG EK 131/132 EA: Photonics - Engineering with Light

Professor Swan
MW 3-5pm
Enroll Limit: 30
Location: PSY B47


Curious about photonics? This module offers a brief introduction to the physical principles of light and how light is used in many different engineering applications- from familiar consumer products, optical communication to novel bio-sensing methods. Lectures will be supplemented with visits to Photonics Center facilities and laboratories, and by hands-on projects where you will design and build a photonics device. 2.0 credits

ENG EK 131/132 EB The Electric Guitar as a Gateway to Electro-acoustics

Professor Robert Kotiuga
MW 3pm - 5pm
Enroll Limit: 15
Location: SOC B59


The electric guitar evolves concurrently with the electrical reproduction of recorded music. This hands-on course uses the electric guitar as a gateway to musical acoustics and electro-acoustics. Before considering how electronics and amplifiers have become an integral "part of the instrument", we review the basics of hearing, musical scales, resonance and the fundamentals of fretted string instruments. By examining the notions of distortion, compression, and feedback, an understanding is developed, of how the rock guitarist's effects and multi-track recording are antithetical to the audiophile's quest. This also provides a means of distinguishing "hi fi" from various notions of "good sound". The course will be supported by field trips, demos and labs. 2.0 credits

ENG EK 131/132 MA: Materials Processing/Product Fabrication

Professor Sarin
MW 3-5pm
Enroll Limit: 20
Location: EPC 206


Materials processing used to manufacture products is a very broad activity, encompassing everything from control theory to accountancy. The word manufacture is several centuries old, and was derived from two Latin words manus (hand) and factus (make); the combination implying made by hand. Although it accurately described manual methods used when the word was coined, today manufacturing is accomplished by automated and computer-controlled machinery. The course will concentrate on basic material processing techniques (i.e. casting, machining, and joining) that have been used throughout the centuries to convert materials into products. The scientific base and fundamental nature of these processes will be developed in lectures and their pragmatic application will be demonstrated and taught in the laboratory. Based on this knowledge and experience each student will fabricate a prototype of a specific product and try and market it (to the class) to appraise its commercialization potential. 2.0 credits

ENG EK 131/132 M1: Mechanical Design for Manufacture

Professor de Winter
TR 2-4pm
Enroll Limit: 25
Location: PHO 202


Engineering design requires that thorough analysis precede detailed drawings and the manufacture of prototypes and products. This module serves as an introduction to stress analysis, micro and macro behavior of engineering materials and basic mechanics. Topics covered include analyses of stress and strain, transmission of power, torque, friction, and efficiency. An introduction to Computer Aided Design will include an assignment on SolidWorks, which is state-of-the-art software used in industry. A simple design project is included in the module. 2.0 credits