Introduction to Engineering Methods and Computer Programming


This course will introduce the fundamentals of structured computer programming and problem solving techniques using high level computer languages. While computer languages such as Fortran and Java will be mentioned, the course will develop an ability to program in the object oriented language C++. Students will construct original computer code as well as use packaged software in their exploration of learning software based problem-solving techniques. Software such as Microsoft's Visual Studio will be used to develop original code, Matlab like software will be used to program using packaged algorithms, and industry standard software such as TecPlot 360 will be used for data analysis. Students will begin learning program design through the use of Python and Scheme before advancing to C++.
Solution strategies will emphasize problem solving in technical fields. The course is all inclusive. Thus, technical fundamentals required for problem solving will be covered as part of the course.


Students will need a home computer running Windows XP or higher.
While a home Internet connection would be helpful, it is not required to successfully complete the course.


Algebra II

Additional requirement for dual enrollment option:
Students may be required to have a passing score on a portion of the Virginia Placement Test (VPT), OR one SAT score of 500 or greater OR one ACT score of 21 or greater.

Semesters Offered & Schedule Format

Fall Semester
Academic Year: Introduction to Engineering Methods and Computer Programming
Spring Semester
Block Schedule: Introduction to Engineering Methods and Computer Programming

Please Note: In the Academic Year Class the dual enrollment college classes are not divided into semesters. Both dual enrollment college counterparts span the full academic year. Thus, dual enrollment credit for either college class cannot be obtained by only completing one semester of the Governor's School class. At the end of the academic year, six hours college credit will be issued for both VCCS courses. That is, a student completing only the fall semester is not eligible for any college (dual enrollment) credit.

VCCS Designation and College Credit

Course Codes


Dr. Bruce Norton

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