Online Engineering

FSE 100 - Introduction to Engineering

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Do you ever think: “There has to be a better way!” Then engineering is for you! Engineering is for anyone with a passion for problem solving. This course actively introduces you to skills and tools that engineers use to solve problems while teaching you to think like an engineer. You will learn to identify opportunities, imagine new solutions to problems, model your creations, make data-driven decisions, build prototypes, and showcase your ideas that will impact the world. Taught by engineering professors and highlighting industry engineers in action, this course will equip you, as an engineer-in-training, with the skills necessary to compete in today’s world of innovation.

Course prerequisites and requirements

To be successful in this course, we recommend English language fluency and computer literacy. We also encourage you to make sure your laptop or desktop computer meets the technical requirements.

Quick facts

  • Credits: 2
  • Length: 16 weeks
  • Cost: $25 + $400

What you’ll learn

  • Evaluate the quality of your own work and the work of others through self and peer assessment
  • Apply the steps of the engineering design process based on the analysis of customer needs to design, build, and test a physical prototype
  • Apply customer focused design and the Entrepreneurial Mindset to create and evaluate design prototypes that will solve problems
  • Use and select appropriate tools and technical skills to collect and analyze data from a variety of sources, to describe and predict the behavior of designs, and to justify design decisions based on appropriate models
  • Write technical project reports and give oral/multimedia presentations about their designs, which includes addressing how the design adds value from multiple perspectives (technological, societal, financial, environmental, etc.)
  • Apply project management skills to create and implement project plans and maintain and evaluate schedules and budgets for an engineering design
  • Be able to identify your motivations, strengths, and contributions within the field of engineering and critique your own skills and understanding through self-reflection

What to expect in class

Video lectures, readings, projects, interactive exercises, discussions, optional live meetings with the instructor, ePortfolio, and final exam

Exams and grading


Projects (4)




Content Mastery (14)


Final Exam


This course appears on your transcript identically to how it appears on the transcript of an enrolled ASU student who has taken the course on one of ASU’s campuses.

This course satisfies 2 credit hours at Arizona State University. It is strongly encouraged that you consult with your institution of choice to determine how these credits will be applied to their degree requirements prior to transferring your credit.

Faculty and course staff




Associate Teaching Professor,

Engineering Academic & Student Affairs

Arizona State University

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Associate Teaching Professor,

Engineering Academic & Student Affairs

Arizona State University

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Why take ASU Universal Learner Courses

  1. Credit you receive is from a regionally accredited university
  2. Your credit is highly transferable
  3. You only pay the $400 course cost if you pass

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