Course Name:
Introduction to Engineering Design (PLTW  1 Credit


            Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) is a high school level foundation course in the PLTW Engineering Program. In IED students are introduced to the engineering profession and a common approach to the solution of engineering problems, an engineering design process. Utilizing the activity-project-problem-based (APB) teaching and learning pedagogy, students will progress from completing structured activities to solving open-ended projects and problems that require them to develop planning, documentation, communication, and other professional skills.


Through both individual and collaborative team activities, projects, and problems, students will solve problems as they practice common engineering design and development protocols such as project management and peer review. Students will develop skill in technical representation and documentation of design solutions according to accepted technical standards, and they will use current 3D design and modeling software to represent and communicate solutions. In addition the development of computational methods that are commonly used in engineering problem solving, including statistical analysis and mathematical modeling, are emphasized. Ethical issues related to professional practice and product development are also presented.


Instructor:  Darian Reeves   Room 3015

Phone: (703) 441- 4200


Web page:

Class meets :

Office hours: By Appointment


Supplementary reading(s):        

Handouts and other resources



 Composition book with Graph paper, Ruler, Pencil, USB DRIVE (8GB) , Colored pencils, Ruler with metric scale.



Units of Study:

  1. Design Process
  2. Technical Sketching and Drawings
  3. Measuring & Statistics
  4. Modeling Skills
  5. Geometry of Design
  6. Reverse Engineering
  7. Documentation
  8. Advance Computer Modeling
  9. Design Team
  10. Design Challenge


Attendance, Tardiness:

Students are expected to attend class in accordance with the Public School Laws of Virginia.  Students are expected to be in class and prepared to learn when the class starts.  Tardiness to class of more than 20 minutes will be treated as an absence.  Students that are absent from class greater than 5% of the time, may not receive credit for the class.


Class participation:

Participation in class discussion and lab activities are a required part of this class. Any class work not completed during class is considered homework.


Cellphone/Tablets  Use


Cellphones & Tablets are permitted in the classroom BUT ONLY FOR ACADMEIC AND RESEARCH PURPOSES!!!  We will be using the cellphone in this course to take pictures of work and to scan document with the app Cam Scan (free download).


Any student caught using their cellphone during instruction time or documentation purpose their will have their phone taken away, TURNED OFF and given back at the end of class for their 1st offense. For a 2nd offense the phone will be turned off and turn into the office.




Missed exams or assignments:

Students may make-up exams or assignments and receive a recorded grade when an excused absence(s) is documented by a note from the parent. 


Assignments not turned in on the assigned date will be consider late and will be mark down a letter grade for each day late. Student will only be given a 4 days after the due to turn in work. If no work is turn in then the grade will result in a zero in the grade book.


Lab Fee:

There is a $10.00 lab fee for every student. This covers but is not excluding to the following:

 Engineering Notebook

Project Supplies


Lab safety/health:

It is the responsibility of the students to follow the training of safe practices in the Technology Lab.  The safety program consists of more than lecturing and posting safety rules and regulations.  It includes instruction that actively involves the students in learning and choosing behaviors that promote the safe use of equipment that is used in the Technology Lab.  The implementation and promotion of safe practices in the Technology Lab to prevent incidents and injuries to students are the responsibility of everyone.


Academic Honor Code:

Potomac Senior High School is a community of learners who embrace the value of lifelong learning and the power of knowledge. Our mission is striving for academic excellent.  We will follow the Academic Honor Code for the school.



Computer Misconduct

Computer misconduct includes any activity that is not on-task.  Students should not be completing work for other classes, playing games, or on the Internet without permission:


1st Offense:  Parent Phone Call/Warning of future consequences

2nd Offense: Parent Phone Call/Logged Off for the Day.

3rd Offense:  Parent Phone Call/Logged Off for a Week

4th Offense:  Parent Phone Call/Logged Off for a Month

5th Offense:  Referred to Administration


(For a 3rd and 4th offense, All work will be completed by hand drawings)



The grading system for this class consists of letter grades based on an average for the assignment.

A    (90-100%) - Outstanding level of achievement

B + (87-89%) – Very High level of achievement

B    (80-86%) - High level of achievement

C+  (77-79%) – Above Average level of achievement

C    (70-76%) - Satisfactory level of achievement

D   (60-66%) - Low level of achievement

E   (59% or lower) Failure


Percent scores are rounded to the nearest whole number.  Therefore, any score below .5 rounds down and any score ending in .5 and above rounds up.  (Example 1: 89.49% rounds to 89; Example 2: 89.50% rounds to 90)


No student may work in the laboratory (POWER TOOLS OR HAND TOOLS) without an instructor present in the room.


All labs must be monitored at all times, with supervision present, using proper learned safety techniques during a safety orientation.



Introduction to Engineering Design (IED)

Course Syllabus and Expectations


I have read and understand the Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) Syllabus and Expectations guide and will abide by the guidelines. 


Habits for Success

  • Be on time, prepared to work safely and effectively
  • Follow instructions the first time
  • Collaborate in a courteous and civil manner
  • Strive for excellence with honesty & Integrity


General Corrective Actions

  • General reminder
  • Individual reminder
  • Stay after class
  • Class time out
  • Phone call home
  • Detention
  • Referral

No student may work in the laboratory without an instructor present in the room.


All labs must be monitored at all times, with supervision present, using proper learned safety techniques during a safety orientation.



Student’s Printed Name:                 ___________________________________

Student’s Signature & Date:           ___________________________________


Parent’s Signature:                          ___________________________________     

Date:                                                   _____________