Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Engineering Design, Ethics, and Entrepreneurship

EEN 26200 / 3 Cr.

Basic concepts of the design process.  Innovative engineering design of real life applications.  . Engineering ethics topics. Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship. Design projects focus on open-ended problems.  Design modeling, simulation, documentation and communication.  Implementation and use of modern computer tools in solving design problems and completing team design projects in the area of Energy Engineering.


David G. Ullman, “The mechanical design process”, Fourth edition, McGrawHill, 1992, USA. Pro/ENGINEER manuals (available on OnCourse): 1) Pro/Mechanica Fundamentals of Motion Training manual; 2) Pro/Mechanism manual; 3) Pro/E modeling manuals. “Engineering Ethics: An Industrial Perspective”, Elsevier Academic Press,  Gail D. Baura Handouts on Entrepreneurship


1. Implement the design process in engineering design projects [c1] [pul 2, 3]

2.  Conduct the planning phase of the design process and plan in terms of deliverables [c1] [pul 2, 3]

3.  Understand the design problem and generate engineering specifications [c1] [pul 2, 3]

4.  Generate and evaluate design concepts following a functional decomposition [c1] [pul 2, 3]

5. Select materials and manufacturing processes for selected design concepts [c1] [pul 2, 3]

6. Conduct product generation and evaluation [c1] [pul 2, 3]

7. Validate the final design through simulation and/or prototyping [b] [pul 1B, 2, 3]

8. Document the design activities and outcomes through product development file, drawings, and personal design notebook. [g, i] [pul 1A, 1B]

9. Work as team player and demonstrate participation through a personal design notebook. [d] [pul 1A]

10. Give technical presentations in form of project proposal, final design report, and oral presentation. [g] [pul 1A]

11. Utilize computer-aided design tools in engineering design problems [k1, k2, e, c1] [pul 1B, 2, 3]

12. Conduct Library/Internet search of patents and literature [j, k3] [pul 2, 4]

13. Demonstrate a basic understanding of ethical principles such as moral autonomy, definitions of ethics and morality, ethical dilemmas, and truthfulness [f] [pul 2, 4]

14. Demonstrate an understanding of models of right and wrong (utilitarianism, duty ethics, rights ethics, and virtue ethics) and their use in determining right actions [f] [pul 2, 4]

15. Demonstrate a working knowledge of a process for resolving ethical dilemmas [f] [pul 2, 4]

16. Demonstrate a working knowledge of workplace ethics, including issues such as whistle blowing, confidentiality, conflict of interest, and intellectual property [f] [pul 2, 4]

17. Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of engineering decisions on the global environment, including such issues as cultural differences, safety, environmental protection, technology transfer, and infrastructure [h] [pul 2, 4]

18. Demonstrate knowledge of contemporary issues, particularly issues that present conflicting points of view with an ethical component [j] [pul 4, 2]

19. Demonstrate an understanding of engineering as a profession and engineers as professionals [f, g, i, j] [pul 4, 2]

20. Demonstrate an understanding of how a code of ethics can help an engineer work ethically and to determine right actions [f, j] [pul 4, 2]

21. Understand and critique business plans, draft their own, and understand the basics of starting up a business [j, h] [pul 4, 2]

22.  Write organized project reports to communicate accurately and effectively with equations, drawings and narratives [g] [pul 1A]

Lab outcomes:

After completion of this course, the students should be able to:

1. Utilize computer-aided design tools in engineering design problems [k1, k2, e, c1] [pul 1B, 2, 3]

2. Utilize computer-aided engineering tools in modeling, simulation and validation of engineering design [k1, k2, e, c1] [pul 1B, 2, 3]

  1. Introduction & Teamwork
  2. The design process:
    1. Introduction to the Design process
    2. Defining the problem
    3. Project planning
    4. Engineering specifications
    5. House of quality
    6. Functional decomposition
    7. Concept generation
    8. Concept evaluation
    9. Materials and manufacturing processes selection
    10. Design for Ergonomics, environment, manufacturing, assembly, etc.
    11. Building and testing prototypes
    12. Detail design and product evaluation
    13. Engineering economics and cost evaluation
  3. Ethical issues in design
    1. Basic Ethics Principles and Theory
    2. Engineering professionalism
    3. General Engineering Operation
    4. Seminar on “Religion and Ethics”
  4. Entrepreneurship (and Business for engineers)
    1. The entrepreneur and the environment
    2. Business plan
    3. All about finances