ENGR 100 - Introduction to Engineering
2023 Fall Syllabus, Section 01, CRN 8637
You are responsible for knowing this material, so please read carefully. Any changes will be announced in a Blackboard Announcement. You will be responsible for any changes. Your continued enrollment in this course is your implicit agreement to abide by the requirements of this class.
Times and Location
Stacy Bjorgaard, Ph.D.
Office: Collaborative Energy Complex Room 113F
2023 Fall Office Hours:
Mondays: 6-8 pm (Zoom only); Tuesdays: 9-10:30 am; Wednesdays: 1-4 pm; Thursdays: 9-10:30 am; Fridays: 1-4 pm; or by appointment (all times US Central)
Office Phone: 701.777.1126
About the Professor
For information about your instructor, view the "Assignment - Introduction" discussion board in Learning Module 1. While there, introduce yourself by posting to the board.
No textbooks are required, but you may have supplementary readings posted within the Learning Modules.
You will use Microsoft Word to complete assignments. You may also need to print assignment forms and scan your completed forms in as .pdf files to submit them in Blackboard.
Whether you’re taking courses in the classroom or online, it’s important to have the right technology and equipment. Visit the UND Technical Requirements webpage for more information. Students are expected to use their official UND email in the course. For technical assistance, please contact UND Technical Support at 701.777.2222. Visit the University Information Technologies (UIT) website for their hours, help documents and other resources.
Minimum Technical Skills Needed
In order to succeed in this course, at a minimum, you should be able to:
- Navigate in and use basic Blackboard functions
- Download and open electronic documents
- Create, save, and upload/attach electronic documents
- Send, receive, and manage email
Access and Log in Information
This course was developed and will be facilitated utilizing Blackboard. To get started with the course, please go to: http://blackboard.UND.edu and log in with your NDUS.Identifier, Username and Password. If you do not know your NDUS Identifier or have forgotten your password, please visit Your NDUS Account page on the UIT website.
The course content is organized into Learning Modules. Each Learning Module contains learning objectives, a to-do list, and a variety of links to articles, video/audio files, and other instructional resources selected to enhance the learning experience and support the various topics. Surveys and assignments will be used to assess your comprehension and provide an opportunity for you to give feedback.
What Should Students Do First?
Prior to the start of the first week, you should have reviewed the syllabus. In Learning Module 1, you should have read "The Engineering Profession" and watched "What is Engineering?"
How Students Should Proceed Each Week for Class Activities
On the left side course menu in Blackboard there is a “Learning Modules” tab. Inside Learning Modules you will find all the required readings, videos, and assignments/surveys. An overview of each Learning Module can be found in Blackboard under "Syllabus & Textbooks."
Many services are available to UND students such as writing assistance from the UND Writing Center, free online tutoring from Brainfuse, and more. Visit the Student Resources page for more information. Students also have access to the UND Student Resource Site via Blackboard. It is recommended that you become familiar with the tools and tutorials within the site to better equip you in navigating the course.
- The student will review the syllabus and course schedule posted in Blackboard.
- The student will access and follow all course instructions found in the Learning Modules area of the Blackboard course.
- The student will attend all classes in person unless other arrangements are made with Dr. Bjorgaard.
- The student will complete and submit assignments and surveys by the dates noted and in the manner described in Blackboard and on the course schedule. We will use US Central Time for due dates and times.
- The student will participate fully and in a timely manner to get the benefit of learning from instructor and/or peers.
Instructor Responsibilities and Feedback
Insert responsibilities students can expect the instructor to meet. Example provided below.
- The instructor will provide feedback on all surveys and assignments by Wednesday of the following week.
- The instructor will be available during appointed Office Hours to answer questions, provide feedback, and offer advice.
This course is made up of a series of surveys and assignments to assist you in achieving the course objectives. In this course, your learning will be assessed in the following ways:
Each Learning Module will include at least one survey. You will be responsible for answering the survey questions after attending the class(es) as indicated in the schedule. Surveys will be due on the indicated dates at 11:59 pm US Central Time. You can only earn credit for a survey if you attended the class(es) they cover unless other arrangements have been made with Dr. Bjorgaard.
Additional assignments include a scavenger hunt, a career assignment, and a student organization assignment. Instructors for completing these will be posted within the Learning Modules on Blackboard. Assignments will be due at 11:59 pm US Central Time on the dates indicated on the schedule. All assignments must be submitted through Blackboard.
Introduce Yourself Forum
Introduce yourself in the "Assignment - Introduction" form. Include your name, field(s) of engineering you are considering, home town, hobbies, and one interesting fact about you. Then reply to two of your classmates' posts. The Introduce Yourself Forum is due on August 24 at 11:59 pm US Central Time and is worth 1 extra credit point.
You can earn one bonus point by going to the Career Expo on September 18. To earn your bonus point, you must get signatures from company representatives for 5-6 different companies looking for hires in engineering or computer science, along with their business cards. You'll need to turn these in to me (I'll make copies of them for grades, you can have the originals back) by 11:00 am US Central Time on September 19.
Announcements will be posted in Blackboard on a regular basis. Be sure to check the class announcements regularly as they will contain important information about class assignments and other class matters.
You are encouraged to raise any questions in class. But, if you need to contact me directly, check the Faculty tab in Blackboard or the syllabus for my contact information. My email response hours are 7 am - 7 pm US Central Time each day UND is in session - to the extent possible, I will provide same-day response if you email between these times. Outside these times, I will do my best to provide a response the next morning UND is in session.
When participating in class (online or in person) it is important to interact with your peers and instructors in an appropriate manner. Always use professional language (no netspeak) in your emails. Please be respectful of your classmates at all times even if you disagree with their ideas.
1 point per class.
1 point per survey
Worth 1 point of extra credit.
Worth 1 point of extra credit.
Student Organization Meeting15
Final Grade Scale
> 70%: S
This class is graded on "straight points." There will be no adjustments ("curving") made to this grading scale. Other than the Introductions assignment and career expo, no extra credit opportunities will be available.
Schedule of Topics and Assignments
|Tue||8/22||"The Engineering Profession" in Learning Module 1
Welcome Video in Learning Module 1
CrashCourse: What is Engineering? video in Learning Module 1
|Welcome to the College of Engineering & Mines - Dean Dr. Brian Tande
Explain scavenger hunt assignment (due September 5) & Interview an Engineer assignment (due October 3) - Dr. Stacy Bjorgaard
|Survey - Welcome to CEM due at 11:59 pm US Central Time|
|Thu||8/24||How to Become an Engineer video in Learning Module 2
The Biggest Problems We're Facing Today & The Future of Engineering video in Learning Module 2
|Introduction to the Engineering Disciplines - Dr. Stacy Bjorgaard||Survey - Intro to Disciplines due at 11:59 pm US Central Time|
|Tue||8/29||Career Services, job opportunities, co-ops - Mary Feller, Career Services
Chester Fritz Library - Meghan Farrell
|Survey - Career Services & Library due at 11:59 pm US Central Time|
|Thu||8/31||Non-Major Student Organization Day
CEM volunteer opportunities - Chad Frost
Explain Student Organization assignment (due October 12) - Dr. Stacy Bjorgaard
|Survey - Student organizations & volunteer opportunities due at 11:59 pm US Central Time
Survey - Why did you come to UND? due at 11:59 pm US Central Time
|Tue||9/5||Mechanical Engineering video in Learning Module 5
Fast Guide to Mechanical Engineering video in Learning Module 5
Read degree requirements for mechanical engineering linked in Learning Module 5
|Mechanical Engineering Exploration - Dr. Clement Tang||Scavenger Hunt due at 11:59 pm US Central Time
Survey - Mechanical Engineering due at 11:59 pm US Central Time
|Thu||9/7||To the Moon & Mars - Aerospace Engineering video in Learning Module 6
Read degree requirements for aerospace engineering linked in Learning Module 6
|Aerospace Engineering Exploration - Dr. Clement Tang||Survey - Aerospace Engineering due at 11:59 pm US Central Time|
|Tue||9/12||Read degree requirements for geology linked in Learning Module 7
Read degree requirements for geological engineering linked in Learning Module 7
|Geology & Geological Engineering Exploration - Josh Crowell||Survey - Geology & Geological Engineering due at 11:59 pm US Central Time|
|Thu||9/14||Read degree requirements for petroleum engineering linked in Learning Module 8||Petroleum Engineering Exploration - Dr. Andreas Michael||Survey - Petroleum Engineering due at 11:59 pm US Central Time|
|Tue||9/19||Civil Engineering video in Learning Module 9
Read degree requirements for civil engineering linked in Learning Module 9
|Civil Engineering Exploration - Dr. Daba Gedafa|
|Thu||9/21||Civil Engineering Exploration - Dr. Daba Gedafa||Survey - Civil Engineering due at 11:59 pm US Central Time|
|Tue||9/26||The History of Chemical Engineering video in Learning Module 10
Read degree requirements for chemical engineering linked in Learning Module 10
|Chemical Engineering Exploration - Dr. Ed Kolodka|
|Thu||9/28||Chemical Engineering Exploration - Dr. Ed Kolodka||Survey - Chemical Engineering due at 11:59 pm US Central Time|
|Tue||10/3||Biomedical & Industrial Engineering video in Learning Module 11
Read degree requirements for biomedical engineering linked in Learning Module 11
|Biomedical Engineering Exploration - Dr. Ryan Striker||Interview an Engineer assignment due at 11:59 pm US Central Time
Survey - Biomedical Engineering due at 11:59 pm US Central Time
|Thu||10/5||The History of Electrical Engineering video in Learning Module 12
Fast Guide to Electrical Engineering in Learning Module 12
Cybersecurity video in Learning Module 12
Read degree requirements for electrical engineering linked in Learning Module 12
Read degree requirements for cyber security linked in Learning Module 12
|Electrical Engineering & Cyber Security Exploration - Dr. Tarek Elderini||Survey - Electrical Engineering & Cyber Security due at 11:59 pm US Central Time|
|Tue||10/10||Fast Guide to Computer Science video linked in Learning Module 13
Fast Guide to Data Science video linked in Learning Module 13
Read degree requirements for computer science linked in Learning Module 13
Read degree requirements for data science linked in Learning Module 13
|Computer Science & Data Science Exploration - Dr. Tom Stokke||Survey - Computer Science & Data Science due at 11:59 pm US Central Time|
|Thu||10/12||Review degree requirements & suggested courses for major(s) you are interested in||Selecting Major/Spring 2024 Classes - Core Advisors||Student Organization Assignment due at 11:59 pm US Central Time
Survey - Selecting Major/Spring 2024 Classes due at 11:59 pm US Central Time
Presenter Information (subject to change)
Dr. Brian Tande - Dean, College of Engineering and Mines
Upson II Room 165, Tel: 701.777.2337, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Josh Crowell - Instructor, Geology & Geological Engineering
Leonard Hall Room 213, Tel: 701.777.3305, Email: email@example.com
Dr. Tarek Elderini - Instructor, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Upson II Room 369, Tel: 701.777.6505, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Daba Gedafa - Chair and Professor, Department of Civil Engineering
Upson II Room 260B, Tel: 701.777.3976, Email: email@example.com
Dr. Ed Kolodka - Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering
Harrington Hall Room 312, Tel: 701.777.3798, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Andreas Michael - Instructor, Department of Petroleum Engineering
Collaborative Energy Complex Room 113A, Tel: 701.777.6926, Email: email@example.com
Dr. Joel Ness - Assistant Professor, Undergraduate Experience Director
Collaborative Energy Complex Room 113J, Tel: 701.777.6149, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Ryan Striker - Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering
Columbia Hall Room 2370L, Email: email@example.com
Dr. Thomas Stokke - Assistant Professor, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Upson II Room 366C, Tel: 701.777.3337, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Clement Tang - Chair, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Aerospace engineering is also under this umbrella.
Upson II Room 270, Tel: 701.777.5370, Email: email@example.com
Due dates for each assignment or activity will be posted in the Learning Modules in Blackboard and in the schedule under "Syllabus & Textbooks."
All assignments and surveys must be submitted by the due dates posted in the schedule. No late assignments will be accepted without a valid reason. If you have a conflict with the schedule, please contact Dr. Bjorgaard as soon as possible. The acceptance of late assignments is at Dr. B.'s discretion, provided that you contact Dr. B. before the due date and ask for an extension.
It is UND's policy that students notify their instructors when ill so appropriate actions may be taken (i.e., develop alternate time schedules and assignments as needed).
In the event of extenuating circumstances, such as illness (doctor's note is required) or a family emergency, it is the student's responsibility to communicate with Dr. B. at least two days before the due date.
All requirements for this course must be completed during the course dates.
Attendance is mandatory and is part of your course grade. In addition, students are expected to participate by completing the surveys and assignments.
It is expected that students will complete all requirements for a course during the time frame of the course. For reasons beyond a student’s control, and upon request by the student or on behalf of the student, an incomplete grade may be assigned by the instructor when there is reasonable certainty the student will successfully complete the course without retaking it. The mark “I,” Incomplete, will be assigned only to the student who has been in attendance and has done satisfactory work up to a time within four weeks of the close of the semester, including the examination period, and whose work is incomplete for reasons satisfactory to his or her instructor. More information regarding UND’s Incomplete policy can be found on The Grading System webpage.
Resolution of Problems
Should a problem occur, you should speak to Dr. Bjorgaard first. If the problem is not resolved, meet with Dr. Joel Ness. If the problem continues to be unresolved, go to the department chair (Dr. Will Semke), and next to the college dean (Dr. Brian Tande). Should the problem persist, you have the right to go to the provost next, and then to the president.
University of North Dakota Policies & Resources
Academic integrity is a serious matter, and any deviations from appropriate behavior will be dealt with strongly. At the discretion of the professor, situations of concern may be dealt with as a scholastic matter or a disciplinary matter.
As a scholastic matter, the professor has the discretion to determine appropriate penalties for the student’s workload or grade, but the situation may be resolved without involving many individuals. An alternative is to treat the situation as a disciplinary matter, which can result in suspension from the University, or have lesser penalties. Be aware that I view this as a very serious matter and will have little tolerance and/or sympathy for questionable practices. A student who attempts to obtain credit for work that is not their own (whether that be on a paper, quiz, homework assignment, exam, etc.) will likely receive a failing grade for that item of work, and at the professor’s discretion, may also receive a failing grade in the course. For more information read the Code of Student Life.
Access and Opportunity, Disability Support, & Medical Services
The University of North Dakota is committed to providing equal access to students with documented disabilities. To ensure access to this class and your program, please contact Disability Services for Students (DSS) to engage in a confidential discussion about accommodations for the classroom and clinical settings. Accommodations are not provided retroactively. Students are encouraged to register with DSS at the start of their program. More information can be obtained by email UND.dss@UND.edu or by phone at 701.777.2664.
UND is committed to maintaining a safe learning environment while providing quality learning experiences for our students. COVID-19’s continued presence within our UND community may necessitate changes in classroom management as the academic year progresses. As such, UND asks students and instructors to be flexible when necessary to promote a safe environment for learning. Please do not attend an in-person class or lab if you are feeling ill, particularly if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or if you have been directed by health professionals to quarantine or isolate. If you are not able to attend class or lab, please notify your instructor as soon as possible and discuss options for making up any missed work in order to ensure your ability to succeed in the course. If you will have an extended absence due to serious illness or other uncontrollable circumstances, you may request an absence notification through the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities. Similarly, if your instructor is ill they may need to cancel class or temporarily move your course to online delivery to ensure that you are able to complete the course successfully. Instructors may require students to wear masks in the classroom or in the laboratory as a preventative measure designed to facilitate uninterrupted classroom engagement and to facilitate health and safety in the classroom. If your instructor does require masks in class or in a laboratory, you are expected to comply with that request.
UND also strongly encourages all members of the University community, including students, to get vaccinated, seek out testing when needed, and model positive behavior both on- and off-campus to foster a healthy and safe learning environment for all students. Individuals who would like to discuss disability accommodations regarding masks should contact the Disability Services for Students (DSS) office at 701.777.2664 or UND.dss@UND.edu. Individuals who are unable to wear a mask due to a sincerely held religious belief should contact the UND Equal Opportunity and Title IX Office at 701.777.4171 or UND.EO.TitleIX@UND.edu.
UND offers religious accommodations, which are reasonable changes in the academic environment that enable a student to practice or observe a sincerely held religious belief without undue hardship on the University. Examples include time for prayer or the ability to attend religious events or observe a religious holiday. To request an accommodation, complete the student religious accommodation request form. If you have any questions, you may contact the Equal Opportunity & Title IX Office.
Students who need assistance with academic adjustments related to pregnancy or childbirth may contact the Equal Opportunity & Title IX Office or Academic Affairs to learn about your options. Additional information and services may be found at Pregnancy Resources.
Notice of Nondiscrimination
It is the policy of the University of North Dakota that no person shall be discriminated against because of race, religion, age, color, gender, disability, national origin, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, veteran’s status, or political belief or affiliation and the equal opportunity and access to facilities shall be available to all. Concerns regarding Title IX, Title VI, Title VII, ADA, and Section 504 may be addressed to Donna Smith, Assistant Vice President for Equal Opportunity & Title IX and Title IX/ADA Coordinator, 102 Twamley Hall, 701.777.4171, UND.EO.TitleIX@UND.edu or the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Dept. of Education, 230 S. Dearborn St., 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604 or any other federal agency.
Reporting of Discrimination, Harassment, or Sexual Misconduct
If you or a friend has experienced sexual misconduct, such as sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking, please contact the Equal Opportunity & Title IX Office or UND’s Title IX Coordinator, Donna Smith, for assistance: 701.777.4171; donna.smith@UND.edu; or visit the Title IX webpage. You may also contact the Equal Opportunity & Title IX office if you or a friend has experienced discrimination or harassment based on a protected class, such as race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, pregnancy, marital or parental status, veteran's status, or political belief or affiliation.
Faculty Reporting Obligations Regarding Discrimination, Harassment, or Sexual Misconduct
It is important for students to understand that faculty are required to share with UND’s Title IX Coordinator any incidents of sexual misconduct or of discrimination or harassment based on a protected class that they become aware of, even if those incidents occurred in the past or are disclosed as part of a class assignment. This does not mean an investigation will occur if the student does not want that, but it does allow UND to provide resources to help the student continue to be successful at UND. If you have been impacted by discrimination, harassment, or sexual misconduct, you can find information about confidential support services on the Equal Opportunity & Title IX webpage..
UND Cares Program
How to Seek Help When in Distress
We know that while college is a wonderful time for most students, however, some students may struggle or have issues that arise. You may experience students in distress on campus, in your classroom, in your home, and within residence halls. Distressed students may initially seek assistance from faculty, staff members, their parents, and other students. In addition to the support we can provide to each other, there are also professional support services available to students through the Dean of Students and University Counseling Center. Both staffs are available to consult with you about getting help or providing a friend with the help that he or she may need. For more additional information, please visit the UND Cares Program Webpage.
How to Recognize When a Student is in Distress
The term “distressed” can mean any of the following:
- Student has significant changes in eating, sleeping, grooming, spending, or other daily activities.
- Student has cut off or minimized contact with family or friends.
- Student has significant changes in performance or involvement in academics, sports, extracurricular, or social activities.
- Student describes problems (missing class, not remembering, destructive behavior) that result from experiences with drinking or drugs.
- Student is acting withdrawn, volatile, tearful, etc.
- Student is acting out of character or different than usual.
- Student is talking explicitly about hopelessness or suicide.
- Student has difficulty concentrating or difficulty carrying on a normal conversation.
- Student has excessive dependence on others for company or support.
- Student reports feeling out of control of one’s emotions, thoughts, or behaviors.
Land Acknowledgement Statement
Today, the University of North Dakota rests on the ancestral lands of the Pembina and Red Lake Bands of Ojibwe and the Dakota Oyate - presently existing as composite parts of the Red Lake, Turtle Mountain, White Earth Bands, and the Dakota Tribes of Minnesota and North Dakota. We acknowledge the people who resided here for generations and recognize that the spirit of the Ojibwe and Oyate people permeate this land. As a university community, we will continue to build upon our relations with the First Nations of the State of North Dakota - the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation, Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Nation, Spirit Lake Nation, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians.
It is my goal to foster an environment of mutual respect in which everyone feels comfortable voicing their opinions, sharing their stories, and learning about potentially heavy or personally relevant material. If, at any point, you feel like the information covered in this class elicits thoughts, feelings, or concerns that you would like to discuss further, don’t hesitate to reach out to me, or the UND Counseling Center (701-777-2127).
Further, if you experience extenuating circumstances, sexual violence, identity-based harm, or any other personal crisis during the semester, don’t hesitate to reach out to me so we can provide academic assistance and help you in this course, and put you in contact with the appropriate resources and services (if needed).
- UND Care Team: 701-777-2664 (8:00 AM to 4:30 PM M-F) or 701-777-3491 (evenings and weekends)
- UND Campus Police: 701-777-3491·UND Student Health: 701-777-4500
- UND Title IX Resources
- Abuse and Rape Crisis Hotline (CVIC): 701-746-8900 (24 hours)
- Grand Forks Police Department: 701-787-8000 (24 hours)
- Emergency Room: 701-780-5280
- UND Student Diversity and Inclusion: 701-777-6985
- Food For Thought Pantry: (Wilkerson Commons Room 169; 701-777-4200)
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (1-800-273-8255)
UND Cares about Your Success
Important information is available to you through Starfish, which is an online system used to help students be successful. When an instructor observes student behaviors or concerns that may impede academic success, the instructor may raise a flag that notifies the student of the concern and/or refer the student to their academic advisor or UND resource. Please pay attention to these emails and take the recommended actions. They are sent to help you be successful!
Starfish also allows you to:
- schedule appointments with various offices and individuals across campus
- request help on a variety of topics
- search and locate information on offices and services at UND.
You can log in to Starfish by clicking on Logins on the UND homepage and then selecting Starfish. A link to Starfish is also available in Blackboard once you have signed in.