The list of the University required courses and their descriptions are presented in the introductory pages of the College of Engineering section in this bulletin.
The list of the College required courses and their descriptions are presented in the introductory pages of the College of Engineering section in this bulletin.
The ME mandatory core courses are listed in the table below.
Introduction to Mechanical
Pre/Co: 1430117 and
0406101 or Pre/Co
1420101; 0406101 or
Engineering Computation and
1411115 or 1411113;
0406101 or 0401243
Professional, Societal, and Ethical
Issues in Engineering
As part of the program for the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, the student is required to study 9 credit hours of technical elective courses. These courses allow the student to focus on a specific area for in-depth knowledge and understanding. The student can also mix and match elective courses from the different areas to get a more general exposure to the different Mechanical Engineering disciplines. The student should select, in cooperation with the academic advisor, the list of electives that best meet his or her needs and aspirations. The listed technical elective courses and other courses from other engineering programs, in addition to the required program courses, are designed to allow the student to develop in-depth knowledge and understanding in the following areas:
1. Thermal Systems/ HVAC
2. Reliability and Maintenance
3. Materials and Manufacturing
It is highly recommended that the student register for these courses after completing the Departmental requirements.
Heating, Ventilation and Air-
Students participating in Senior Design Project option must complete a 4- credits Senior Design Project over two semesters: Senior Design Project I (1 credit) and Senior Design Project II (3 credits).
The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering encompasses 132 credit hours that are spread over 8 semesters plus a summer training period which can normally be completed in four years. The following study plan serves as a roadmap for a smooth progression toward graduation
0406101 or Pre/Co:
Professional, Societal and Ethical
Descriptions of the Mandatory core courses are given below.
Ten experiments in electricity and magnetism, covering topics in Physics (II)
Prerequisite: 1430116 - Physics I Lab; Pre/Co: 1430117 - Physics II.
Topics include: basic graphics skills. Emphasis on fundamentals of engineering
science and computer applications, programming using CAD tools or other software; visualization, orthographic drawings and advanced graphic skills.
requisite: 0408100 – Introduction to Mechanical Engineering.
Knowledge and understanding of vector resultant of forces in two and three
dimensions; type of structural supports; equilibrium of particles and rigid bodies; analysis of internal forces in beams and trusses; static and kinetic friction; centroids of lines, areas and volumes; moments of inertia.
Prerequisite: 1430115 - Physics I.
Introduction and Fundamental Principles, Kinematics of a particle: Rectilinear
and curvilinear motion of a particle with normal and tangential components, Force and acceleration, Work and energy, Impulse and momentum
Prerequisite: 0401201 – Statics.
Fundamentals of DC and AC circuit laws; Mathematical models for circuit
elements; Techniques for circuit analysis and for writing and solving circuit equations; Circuit theorems; Introduction to Op- Amps; Transient analysis of first order circuits; Phasor technique for steady-state sinusoidal response.
Prerequisite: Pre/Co: 1430117- Physics II; Pre/Co: 1440261 - Differential Equations for Engineers.
Fundamentals of DC circuits. Experiments that revolve around DC networks and
their behavior under transient and steady state conditions. SPICE modeling of circuits, use of test and measurement equipment such as function generators and oscilloscopes.
Prerequisite(s): Pre/Co: 1430118 - Physics II Laboratory; Pre/Co: 0402202 - Circuit Analysis I.
The role of statistics in engineering. Data summary and presentation.
Probability concepts. Discrete random variables and probability distributions. Continuous random variables and probability distributions. Joint probability distributions. Introduction to parameter estimation. Computation of confidence intervals.
Prerequisite: Pre/Co: 0402202 - Circuit Analysis I
Basic concepts of thermodynamics: temperature, work, heat, internal energy and
enthalpy. First law of thermodynamics for closed and steady-flow open systems. Thermodynamic properties of pure substances; changes of phase; equation of state. Second law of thermodynamics: concept of entropy. Power and refrigeration cycles.
Prerequisite: 0406101 - Statics and Dynamics or Pre/Co 0401243 – Dynamics.
Fluid properties; Units; Pressure and fluid statics: pressure distribution in fluid at
rest, hydrostatic forces on plane and curved surfaces, buoyancy and stability, Fluids
in rigid body motion; Fluid Kinematics, dynamics of fluid motion: concepts of streamline, control volume, steady and one-dimensional flows; continuity, Euler, Bernoulli, steady flow energy, linear and angular momentum equations; flow in pipes and losses.
Prerequisite: 0406101 - Statics and Dynamics or 0401243 – Dynamics.
Applications and design of mechanisms; use of graphical and analytical
techniques for the kinematic analysis of machines. Analysis and design of linkages, cams, gears and gear trains. Emphasis is placed more on machines as systems rather than on individual components. Prerequisite: 0401243 -
Mechanisms of heat transfer: conduction, convection and radiation. Steady heat
conduction, insulation, cooling. Transient heat conduction. Forced convection; natural convection. Heat exchangers. Applications to energy systems.
Prerequisite: 0406200 – Thermodynamics.
The course covers atomic bonding, crystal structure and defect structure, and
their relationship with material properties. It also includes phase diagrams and alloys, mechanical properties, material failure, corrosion, and introduction to the structures of polymers and ceramics. Prerequisite:
1420101 - General Chemistry I; 0406101 - Statics and Dynamics or Pre/Co 0401243 – Dynamics.
Basic linear algebra: LU decomposition, normal equations and least squares
solutions, eigenvalues and eigenvectors decomposition of matrices. Numerical solution of linear and nonlinear system of equations, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, curve fitting, numerical differentiation and integration of functions, numerical solution of ordinary differential equations, use of MATLAB to solve complex engineering problems.
Prerequisite: 1411115 - or 1411113 - Programming for Engineers; 1440261 - Differential Equations for Engineers.
Representation and analysis of signals. Fourier transforms. Linear time-
invariant systems, impulse response, frequency response and transfer function. Introduction to linear feedback control. Analysis and design of classical control systems. Control system components and industrial process automation.
Prerequisite: 0402202 - Circuits Analysis I; 1440261 - Differential Equations for Engineers; 0406101 - Statics and Dynamics or 0401243 - Dynamics.
An examination of the social impact of engineering and technology and its
relationship to ethics, with the objective of identifying and clarifying obligations that might arise in technological research and its applications. The course will survey a variety of moral theories, as well as engineering codes of ethics. The case study method will be used: source will include the history of science and technology, and reports from professional societies. Topics covered include whistle blowing, environmental, safety, and privacy issues. Prerequisite: 3rd year standing.
Introduction and classification of engineering materials and their properties.
Traditional manufacturing processing of materials (ferrous and non-ferrous) including metal cutting, casting, rolling, forging, and drawing. Modern manufacturing processes and related topics including ceramics, composites, powder metallurgy, property enhancing and surface processing operations, and rapid prototyping. The course includes lab and visits to different manufacturing facilities.
Prerequisite: 0405101 - Introduction to Industrial Engineering or 0406302 - Engineering Materials.
Analytical Methods in Engineering covers Vector Differential Calculus, line,
surface, and volume integrals, vector field, velocity and acceleration,
curvature and torsion, mean value theorem, directional derivative, divergence, curl, curvilinear coordinates, Stokes's theorem, complex analysis, power series, residue integration method and Fourier analysis.
1440261 Differential Equations for Engineers.
This course covers static failure theories; fatigue failure theories; design of
machine elements to include the design of columns, shafts, tolerances and fits, fasteners, and bolted connections and gears.
Prerequisites: 0401202 - Mechanics of Materials; 0408220 - Kinematics.
Thermodynamic principles are applied to the analysis of power, vapor cycles
and air-conditioning systems. Thermodynamics of state, gas mixtures and gas-vapor mixtures, irreversibility and combustion, chemical reactions, Thermodynamics of high-speed gas flow, and fuel cells. Prerequisite:
0406200 - Thermodynamics
Introduction to basic thermo-fluid principles, instrumentation; experimental
verification and reinforcement of analytical concepts introduced.
Prerequisite: 0406201 - Fluid Mechanics; Pre/Co 0408340 - Advanced Thermodynamics
This course introduces students to additional topics in fluid dynamics: control
volume analysis. Dimensional analysis and similitude. Compressible flow: isentropic flow relations, flow in ducts and nozzles, effects of friction and heat transfer, normal and oblique shocks, two-dimensional isentropic expansion. Viscous flow theory: hydrodynamic lubrication and introduction to boundary layers.
Prerequisite: 0406201 - Fluid Mechanics.
This course covers the detailed design and selection of mechanical elements
including the different types of gears (spur, helical, bevel, and worm gears), lubrication and journal bearings, springs, clutches and brakes, flexible mechanical elements, welding. The course also includes team project(s).
requisite: 0406201 - Fluid Mechanics; 0408300 - Analytical Methods in Engineering; 0408330 – Machine Elements and Design.
Student teams develop professional-level experience by applying,
integrating, and extending previously acquired knowledge in a major design project. Lectures are devoted to discussing project-related issues and student presentations. A project progress proposal, report, oral presentations, and a comprehensive final report are required. Students apply modern engineering design methods to choose from alternative design subject to realistic constraints. Groups of students work together to design, build, refine and test complete hardware or/and software systems to meet specifications.
Prerequisite: 040891 - Senior Design Project I.
Descriptions of the technical elective courses are given below.
Quality control and process improvement, cost of quality and the effects of
quality on productivity; concepts of variation; statistical process control (SPC tools); control charts for variables and attributes and their applications in process control; process capability studies; acceptance sampling; quality audits; case studies from manufacturing and service sectors.
0402241 - Random Signal Theory or 0405221 - Engineering Probability and
Basic maintenance concepts, relevant maintenance approaches such as
preventive maintenance, predictive condition-monitoring techniques and other relevant practices. Improving systems' performance through proper maintenance practices, identify KPI's, collect data, assess performance, analyze results and improve. Reading relevant case studies and conducting an industry-based project.
Prerequisite: 0405202 - Manufacturing Processes;
0405322 - Engineering Statistics or 0402241 - Random Signal Theory.
Introduces students to the mathematical foundation of the finite element
method and to its use in engineering through a commercially available FEA software package. Finite element theory covered includes derivation of element stiffness matrices, interpolation functions, the use and limitation of different types of elements and interpretation of finite element solutions. Skills developed using the software include selection and use of elements, modeling strategies, appropriate use of boundary conditions and methodology for checking solutions.
Prerequisite: 0408330 - Machine Elements and Design.
Review of electric circuits, Measurement process, errors and sources of
errors, signal and noise in instrumentation, filtering, display and recording systems, elements of signal processing in instrumentation, transducers, sensors, data logging, interfaces and data processing. Prerequisites:
0402202 - Circuits Analysis I; 0406201 - Fluid Mechanics.
The course introduces the basic reliability concepts and tools. It enables the
students to apply the reliability theory at different phases of asset's life cycle: at the acquisition phase model and predict equipment reliability and make cost effective decision; at the utilization phase understand how maintenance can improve the availability and how to reduce downtime through proper design of dependability (reliability, maintainability and supportability) of mechanical systems. Prerequisite: 0402241 - Random Signal Theory.
This course provides an introduction to the theory of robotics, and covers
the fundamentals of the field, including rigid motions, homogeneous transformations, forward and inverse kinematics, velocity kinematics, motion planning, trajectory generation, sensing, actuation, stability analysis and control.
Prerequisites: 0408220 - Kinematics; 0402348 - Signals and Control Systems.
An integrated approach to the application of engineering principles to HVAC
systems. Topics include: moist air properties, air psychometric, indoor air quality, inside and outside design conditions, heating and cooling loads calculations. Design and selection of HVAC systems.
- Fluid Mechanics,
Pre/Co 0406300 – Heat Transfer.
The central point of this course is to provide knowledge of microstructure
and mechanical properties of metals. The course covers equilibrium phase
diagrams, solid transformation, strengthening mechanism, ferrous and non- ferrous materials. The concepts of alloy design and microstructural engineering are also discussed, linking processing and thermodynamics to the structure and properties of metals.
Prerequisite: 0406302 - Engineering Materials.
This course covers emerging and advanced topics in the field of mechanical
engineering. The contents will vary depending on the topic.
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