Introduction to Engineering Computations


Introduces students to the use of computers in Engineering. Typically less than half of the class has had previous substantial experience with computers and a substantial minority have none. The course assumes no previous knowledge and has the objective of achieving competency in a high-level programming language as well as improving problem-solving skills.



  • Semester 2 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

1. Apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering in the use of spreadsheets and in the development computer programs.

2. Write well-formatted and user-friendly spreadsheets to perform engineering calculations.

3. Use spreadsheets to prepare graphs and tables for inclusion in engineering reports.

4. Plan, write, test and debug computer programs for engineering applications.


The course covers the following:

  1. Introduction to computers, programming language and associated problem solving skills.
  2. The elements of a computer programming language including variable types, assignment statements, library functions, control structures, functions and procedures, arrays, and formatting.
  3. Introduction to using Excel for engineering computations: fitting curves to experimental measurements, creating publication quality graphs, solving equations, Excel and user-defined functions, selected topics on programming Excel for numerical analysis and statistics.
  4. Introduction to forms, controls, and basic elements of a Graphical User Interface.

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Assignment

In Term Test: Mid Semester Exam

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

Contact Hours


Computer Lab

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term