University of Florida

ABE 2012C
Introduction to Biological Engineering

Semester Taught - Fall and Spring

Catalog Description

Credits: 3     

Areas of concentration within BE are highlighted through laboratory experiences. The process of design is introduced along with approaches to solving engineering problems, manipulation and presentation of engineering data, and applied engineering concepts.

Pre-requisites/Co-requisites

None

Course Objectives

  • To assist student understanding of the areas of curriculum concentration and career opportunities available through Biological Engineering.
  • To develop student understanding of basic engineering concepts including the design process and solving engineering problems.
  • To introduce students to various computer software, instrumentation and equipment used in engineering.
  • To develop teamwork skills.
  • To develop academic and career planning skills.
  • To learn the process to acquire professional licensure.
  • To have an awareness of the global and international impact of engineering decisions, as well as a sense of professional, ethical and societal responsibility.

Contributions of Course to Meeting the Professional Component for ABET

This course contributes 3 credit hours toward meeting the minimum 48 credit hours of Engineering Topics required in the basic-level curriculum for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Biological Engineering.

Relationship of Course to Program Outcomes

From the list of (a) through (k) program outcomes listed below, this course addresses outcomes (a), (b), (e), (f), (g), (h), (i) and (j).

ABET Program Outcomes

  • (a) Apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • (b) Design and conduct experiments, as well as analyze and interpret data
  • (c) Design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs
  • (d) Function on multi-disciplinary teams
  • (e) Identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • (f) Understand professional and ethical responsibilities
  • (g) Communicate effectively
  • (h) Understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context
  • (i) Recognize the need for, and engage in life long learning
  • (j) Understand contemporary engineering issues
  • (k) Use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

Instructor

Dr. James D. Leary, P.E.
Office: 115 Rogers Hall
Work: 392-1864 x 115
Home: 336-1665
E-mail: drleary@ufl.edu

 Material/Supply Fees

None

Class Materials Required

No textbook; materials will be provided.

Recommended Reading

  • Cross, Nigel. 1989. Engineering Design Methods. John Wiley & Sons, Chichester . 159 pp. (Sci.Lib. TA 174.C76 1989)
  • Eide, Arvid R., Roland D. Jenison, Lane H. Mashaw and Larry L. Northup. 1986. Engineering Fundamentals and Problem Solving (2 nd Ed.). McGraw-Hill, Inc., New York . 492 pp. (Sci. Lib. TA147.E52 1986)
  • Grant, Eugene L., W. Grant Ireson and Richard S. Leavenworth. 1990 Principles of Engineering Economy (8 th Ed.). John Wiley and Sons, New York . 624 pp. (Sci. Lib. TA177.4.G7 1990)
  • Lindeburg, Michael R. 2000, FE Review Manual. Professional Publications, Inc., Belmont . (Sci. Lib TA159.L5733 2000)

Course Outline

Introduction

  • Welcome
  • Syllabus
  • Expectations

Overview of BE

  • Agricultural Production Engineering
  • Biosystems Engineering
  • Land & Water Resources Engineering
  • Packaging Engineering

Dimensions, Units and Conversions

  • Physical quantities
  • Dimensions
  • Units
  • SI/IP units & symbols
  • Rules for use
  • Conversions

Engineering Estimations and Approximations

  • Errors
    • systematic
    • accidental
  • Significant Digits
  • Accuracy and Precision
  • Approximations

Engineering Solutions

  • Problem Analysis
  • Engineering Method
  • Problem Setup
  • Standards of Presentation

Introduction to Design

Software Tools Useful in Engineering

  • Matlab
  • Excel

Empirical Functions & Curve Fitting

  • Equations
  • Linear, Power & Exponential

Academic Planning

  • Curriculum Analysis
  • Selection of Electives
  • Multi-Semester Planning
  • Degree Audit Analysis
  • Portfolios

Statistics

  • Frequency Distribution
  • Measures of Central Tendency
  • Measures of Variation
  • Continuous Distribution
  • Normal Distribution
  • Linear Regression
  • Coefficient of Correlation

Engineering Economy

  • Simple Interest
  • Compound Interest
  • Cash Flow Diagrams
  • Present Worth
  • Annuities
  • Sinking fund
  • Installment loan
  • Retirement plan

Professional Issues

  • Responsibilities
  • Ethics
  • EI Exam
  • Professional Registration
  • Technical/Professional Societies

Graduate/Professional School Considerations

  • BS/MS Options/Requirements
  • Professional School Requirements

Career Opportunities

Career Planning

  • Portfolios
  • Coop/Internship Experiences
  • Resumés
  • Employment Search

Potential Labs

The following labs may be offered during the semester (listed in no specific order):

  • Wind Tunnel (Dr. Art Teixeira)
  • Heat Transfer (Dr. Jim Leary)
  • Hydrodynamics (Dr. Jim Leary)
  • Remote Sensing (Dr. Jasmeet Judge)
  • Packaging (Dr. Bruce Welt)
  • Water Resources (Dr. Richard Scholtz)
  • Bio-Engineering (Dr. Melanie Correll)
  • Robotics (Dr. Tom Burks)
  • Precision Agriculture (Dr. Daniel Lee)
  • Space Biology (Dr. Ray Bucklin)
  • Biosensors (Dr. Eric McLamore)

Policy on Assignments/Labs

Problems assigned are due in my office by 5 pm on the day specified for full credit (10% deduction/day thereafter. Maximum deduction is 50%). For any partial credit, problem sets for material covered on an exam must be turned in before the exam. Credit will only be given for laboratories attended. There will be a sign-in sheet. You are responsible for signing the sheet.

Cell phone and musical device use is not allowed during class or lab.

Grading

A C- will not be a qualifying grade for critical tracking courses.  In order to graduate, students must have an overall GPA and an upper-division GPA of 2.0 or better (C or better).  Note: a C- average is equivalent to a GPA of 1.67, and therefore, it does not satisfy this graduation requirement.  For more information on grades and grading policies, please visit: https://catalog.ufl.edu/ugrad/current/regulations/info/grades.aspx

Grading Scale
A 93-100%
A- 90-92%
B+ 87-89%
B 83-86%
B- 80-82%
C+ 77-79%
C 73-76%
C- 70-72%
D+ 67-69%
D 63-66%
D- 60-62%
e <60%
  Percent Points*
17 problems 35% 17@10, 20 & 25 points 350
11 laboratories 30% 11 @ 20 & 30 points 300
two 1-hour exams 20% 2 @ 100 points each 200
final project ** 15% 150 150
total 100%   1000 points

* Bonus Points: Documented student professional club activity—20 points for paying a membership fee and/or 5 points for each meeting/event attended.  (Max of 50 points).

**Your final project is to become part of your BE Comprehensive Portfolio.

No make-up quizzes or exams will be given except for valid medical reasons or unless prior arrangements have been made.

Instructor's Policies

Attendance and Expectations

  • Attendance is required. There will be a sign-in sheet available for each class or lab. Being absent more than 5 times will result in the next lower letter grade; 10 times, the next lower grade.
  • Problems assigned are due in my office by 5 pm on the day specified for full credit [midnight if electronic submission requested] (10% deduction/day thereafter. Maximum deduction is 50%). For any partial credit, problem sets for material covered on an exam must be turned in at least two days before the exam on which the material is covered. Credit will only be given for laboratories attended. There will be a sign-in sheet. You are responsible for signing the sheet
  • Cell phone and musical device use is not allowed during class or lab.

Academic Honesty

As a student at the University of Florida, you have committed yourself to uphold the Honor Code, which includes the following pledge: “We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to hold ourselves and our peers to the highest standards of honesty and integrity.”  You are expected to exhibit behavior consistent with this commitment to the UF academic community, and on all work submitted for credit at the University of Florida, the following pledge is either required or implied: "On my honor, I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid in doing this assignment." 
 
It is assumed that you will complete all work independently in each course unless the instructor provides explicit permission for you to collaborate on course tasks (e.g. assignments, papers, quizzes, exams). Furthermore, as part of your obligation to uphold the Honor Code, you should report any condition that facilitates academic misconduct to appropriate personnel. It is your individual responsibility to know and comply with all university policies and procedures regarding academic integrity and the Student Honor Code.  Violations of the Honor Code at the University of Florida will not be tolerated. Violations will be reported to the Dean of Students Office for consideration of disciplinary action. For more information regarding the Student Honor Code, please see: http://www.dso.ufl.edu/sccr/process/student-conduct-honor-code.  

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities

The Disability Resource Center coordinates the needed accommodations of students with disabilities. This includes registering disabilities, recommending academic accommodations within the classroom, accessing special adaptive computer equipment, providing interpretation services and mediating faculty-student disability related issues.

0001 Reid Hall, 352-392-8565, www.dso.ufl.edu/drc/  

Software Use

All faculty, staff and student of the University are required and expected to obey the laws and legal agreements governing software use. Failure to do so can lead to monetary damages and/or criminal penalties for the individual violator. Because such violations are also against University policies and rules, disciplinary action will be taken as appropriate. We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to uphold ourselves and our peers to the highest standards of honesty and integrity.

Campus Helping Resources

Students experiencing crises or personal problems that interfere with their general well-being are encouraged to utilize the university’s counseling resources. The Counseling & Wellness Center provides confidential counseling services at no cost for currently enrolled students. Resources are available on campus for students having personal problems or lacking clear career or academic goals, which interfere with their academic performance.

  • University Counseling & Wellness Center, 3190 Radio Road, 352-392-1575, www.counseling.ufl.edu/cwc/

    Counseling Services
    Groups and Workshops
    Outreach and Consultation
    Self-Help Library
    Training Programs
    Community Provider Database

  • Career Resource Center, First Floor JWRU, 392-1601, www.crc.ufl.edu/