ENTC-1124: Engineering Tech Techniques ( Online | Spring 2018 )

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Instructor Information
Instructor Name

Salahuddin Mohammad Masum

Instructor Rank

Associate Professor

Instructor Email smmasum@southwest.tn.edu
Instructor Website



Instructor Office

Macon Fulton 305 (MF 305)

Office Hours

Posted on the Office Door.

Virtual Office Hour: Fridays | 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm | Online

Instructor Phone


Department Fax


Department Phone


Course Information
Course Description

This course introduces the student to engineering technology and the techniques and methods of technical problem solving.  It covers such topics as the field of engineering technology, career orientation, technical math, hand-held calculator usage, applied algebra, trigonometry applications, measurement systems, unit conversions, reading scales, measuring devices, geometry applications, constructing graphs, systematic problem solving and library usage.

Student Learning Objectives

LO-1. apply basic math (fractions, decimals, percentages, exponents) to technical problem solving (CO-1)

LO-2. Apply scientific and engineering notation. (CO-1) LO-3. Read graphs and charts. (CO-1)

LO-4. Calculate areas, perimeters, and volumes of common shapes. (CO-1)

LO-5. Apply basic algebra to technical problem solving. (CO-1)

LO-6. Apply right-triangle trigonometry to technical problem solving. (CO-1)

Job Readiness – characteristics of successful student and employee

Job Readiness – keeping a positive attitude


Permission of Program Coordinator.

Instructional / Learning Methods

This is an Online class. This course consists of 14 units.  Each unit begins with an Overview and Learning Objectives, which you should review before starting the unit. Each unit consists of one or more Lecture(s) and one or more Homework Assignment(s). Some units have Discussion Topics and the last unit has a Survey to complete. There are three tests: Test 1, Test 2, and a Comprehensive Final. After you review the Course Syllabus, complete the Syllabus Review quiz, Discussion Topic I, and Pre-Test from the "Start here" title located under the Content section. Then you can view and access to all units containing Lectures, Homework Assignments, Discussion Topics, Survey, and all tests from the "Course Sequence" title under Content section. Homework Assignments, Discussion Topics, and Tests have due dates. All due dates are posted/updated on the Course Calendar located under the Communication Tool. You are required to log into PAWS regularly to find lectures, homework assignments, discussion topics, and to keep up with the due dates. The total amount of time needed to complete the required assignments of one unit may take 3 to 9 hours.

Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware, and Software Requirements
Required Text

Applied Mathematics by R. Jesse Phagen

Supplementary Materials
  • The Successful Electronics Technician: 12 Essential Strategies for Building a Winning Career by David L. Goetsch (ISBN 1-4180-6176-X)
  • Scientific hand-held Calculator


Hardware Requirements

If this course requires the use of a computer, these are general recommendations for accessing any of the services that Southwest offers on the Web (e.g. My.Southwest, etc.).

  • minimum Pentium IV or higher processor (recommended)
  • SVGA monitor, minimum resolution 800x600 (1024x768 strongly recommended)
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • floppy drive, zip drive, or CD-RW drive
  • Mouse or compatible pointing device
  • at least 512 MB of RAM (recommended)
  • (optional) printer
Software Requirements

The software listed below is recommended for any student accessing Southwest services through the internet. Your course may have specific software requirements.

  • Windows 7, Vista, XP
  • Mac OS X (up to 10.6) (OS 10.6 recommended)
  • Linux with a Supported Browser
  • Microsoft Edge+
  • IE 10 & 11: some issues+
  • Firefox (latest)+
  • Firefox ESR+
  • Chrome (latest)+
  • Current Anti-Virus protection
  • Reliable Internet connection (broadband recommended but not required)

Many instructors may require assignments to be submitted using Microsoft Excel or Microsoft Word. To learn how to obtain discounted software from Microsoft, visit http://southwest.tn.onthehub.com.

Assessment and Grading
Method of Evaluation
Category Percentage
Test 1 20%
Test 2 20%
Final 25%
Homework 25%
Participation 10%
Total 100%


Grading Scale

A = 90 – 100

B = 80 – 89.9

C = 70 – 79.9

D = 65 – 69.9

F = Below 65              

Testing Procedure / Policy

Test 1 will cover Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, & The Successful Technician Chapters 1, 5;

Test 2 will cover Chapters 6, 7, 16, & The Successful Technician Chapters 10, 12;

Comprehensive Final will cover Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16;

Tests must be closed book, closed notes. A score of 65% or more in each part of Sample Tests is required to access the Tests. Times and dates of tests are posted on the Course Calendar located under Communication Tool. Tests are located in Quiz section under Assessment Tool and must be taken within due dates. No make-up tests will be given.

Major Assignments

Powerpoint/Video Lectures, Homework Assignments, Sample Tests, Discussion Topics, and Survey

Each section includes one or more video lecture(s). Each unit is paired with one or more Homework Assignment(s). Some units have Discussion Topics and the last one has a Survey. Video lectures must be listened/watched before starting Homework Assignments and Discussion Topics.

Homework Assignments, Discussion Topics, and Survey have due dates. All due dates are posted/updated on Course Calendar located under the Communication Tool of PAWS.

Sample Tests must be practiced by the due dates.

Additional Policies
  • To start this course, you must get 90% in Syllabus Review quiz located in the "Start Here" title under the Content section. This Quiz can be submitted for an unlimited number of times and the highest grade is recorded as a bonus in your Gradebook.
  • Pre-Test, Homework Assignments, Discussion Topics, Sample Tests, and Tests are accessible through the "Course Sequence" title under the Content section once Syllabus Review Quiz is completed with 90%.
  • Pre-Test is designed inside Unit 1 to give students a measure of expected learning outcomes from this course and is considered as a bonus. Pre-Test can be submitted once only by the due date and is considered as a bonus towards your Homework grade.
  • Homework Assignments and Sample Tests can be submitted for an unlimited number of times before due dates and the highest grade is recorded in your Gradebook.
  • Your Class Participation grade includes Six items (Five Discussion Topics and One Survey). Five out of these Six items are considered as mandatory and the remaining one as a bonus. Each Discussion Topic and Survey can be responded once only.
  • Post-Course Feedback Survey must be completed to start Final Exam.
  • Final Examination is mandatory and cannot be made up.
  • Current Grade (towards 100%), Current Average Grade of your Class, and Current Grade Distribution of the Class are ALWAYS visible in Gradebook and are updated automatically every time a new grade is entered.
  • Test 1 and/or Test 2 grades will be replaced by Final Exam grade if Final Exam grade is higher than Test 1 and/or Test 2. This replacement will be reflected only in Current Grade calculation mentioned above.
Guidelines for Communications
Email Guidelines

Each student has been provided a Southwest e-mail account. Please do not email your classmates unless the topic relates specifically to this course. E-mails that contain advertisements, solicitations, personal interests, etc. are strictly forbidden. Below are a few guidelines that you should keep in mind when sending email:

  • Always include a subject line.
  • Typing in all CAPS is considered SHOUTING in Cyberspace. So please use upper and lower case characters when sending e-mails.
  • Remember, without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your e-mails and use good Netiquette
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members.

Online instructors will respond to all e-mails within 48 hours.

Discussion Guidelines

Below are a few guidelines that should be adhered to when using the Discussion forum. Messages that contain advertisements, solicitations, personal interests, etc. are strictly forbidden.

  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion.
  • Please try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the class. Be respectful of others' ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.
Technical Support
Technical Support

My.Southwest: Submit a Student Technical Support Request. Please provide a full detailed explanation of the problem.

PAWS: For course related questions, contact your instructor. For technical issues with the PAWS website, contact the College Helpdesk at (901) 333-4357.

Course Topics
Tentative Schedule

Check Course Calendar.

Student Services
Embedded Librarian Service This service may be found inside PAWS courses.
Two Southwest Librarians are assigned to work with you and your instructor throughout the course for the entire semester. The Librarians will suggest library resources and answer questions sent to "Ask A Librarian".

To contact a Librarian, go to the Classlist and select the "Ask A Librarian" tab.
Student Services Links

Academic Support

The Academic Support Center (ASC) provides free services and resources to help Southwest students successfully reach their academic and career goals. These services include tutoring by peer and master tutors, computer labs, success workshops, academic coaching, early alerts from your instructors and areas for individual or group study at numerous locations. The ASC also provides Supplemental Instruction in some of our general education classes and the Center is also responsible for Academic Progress Reporting so that you will be award of your academic standing during the 5th-6th week of the semester. Online tutoring services are offered through Smarthinking 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Simply login to your PAWS to access this online tutoring resource.

Drop/Withdrawal Dates

See the official college catalog for the current withdrawal policies. Important semester drop and withdrawal dates can be found on the college Web site at http://www.southwest.tn.edu.

Academic Misconduct

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited. A student guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly, through participation or assistance, is immediately responsible to the instructor of the class. The instructor has the authority to assign an “F” grade or a zero for the exercise or examination, or to assign an “F” for the course. College sanctions for academic misconduct may include suspension or dismissal from the College. Please see the section in the current Catalog on Academic Misconduct.

Classroom Behavior: Any student engaged in disruptive conduct or conduct violating the general rules or regulations of the College may be ordered to temporarily leave the classroom. Extended or permanent exclusion from the classroom can be achieved only through appropriate procedures of the College.

Open Labs

Macon Cove

  • Academic Support Center: Available during working hours
  • Bert Bornblum Library: Available during library hours
  • Farris 2131: M-R 8-5:30, F 804:30

Union Avenue

  • Academic Support Center - F Building, Room 319, available during working hours
  • Parrish Library - Available during library hours
  • M105: 8-6:30


  • Computer Lab- Room 101 (Please note - this room is available when classes are not scheduled. Schedule fluctuates each semester.)
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.

Maxine Smith

  • Open Lab- Room 101.
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.


  • Open Lab Building 6, Room 127
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.
Syllabus Updates The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes.