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Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

College
College of Engineering
Department
Mechanical and Nuclear Eng
Level
Undergraduate
Study System
Courses
Total Credit Hours
132 Cr.Hrs
Duration
4
Intake
Fall & Spring
Location
Sharjah Main Campus
Language
English
Study Mode
Full Time

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Program Overview
Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest, oldest, and most versatile of the engineering professions. It is at the heart of the design, development, and manufacturing of every product we have today.

The  Mechanical  Engineering  Program is a  four-year study that provides students with a broad scientific and technical background in this field.

During the first three semesters, there is a focus on mathematics and basic sciences physics, and chemistry. The following three semesters include courses and labs that are more specialized and closely related to mechanical engineering,   including manufacturing, mechanics of solids, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and thermodynamics.

In the final semesters of their study, students take advanced courses in mechanical engineering, undergo an eight-week practical training, and complete senior design projects.

The Mechanical Engineering Program at the University of Sharjah puts what is in the best interest of students, first and foremost. Every little experience the student attains represents a block in the building of a competent, confident, purposeful, problem solving, competitive, responsible, and conscientious individual. This is accomplished using a curriculum and facilities that

conform to the highest of standards, faculty members committed to the academic and personal growth of the student, and an environment that inspires learning and drives creativity.

To obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in ME, the student must complete a total of 132 credit hours. These hours are University requirements (UR), College requirements (CR), and Program requirements (PR). The allocation of the credit hours is shown in the following table:

 

BS in Mechanical Engineering ​ ​ ​ ​
  UR CR PR Total
Mandatory Credits 18
26 76
117
Elective Credits 6
- 6
15
Total 24 26 82 132
 

I. University Requirements
Every student is required to take 24 credit hours of general education courses distributed over seven domains. 18 mandatory credit hours are selected from domains 1, 2, 3, and 4, and 6 elective credit hours are selected from domains 5, 6, and 7 as indicated in the University section (General Education).

 
II. College Requirements
The list of the College required courses and their descriptions are presented in the introductory pages of the College of Engineering section.

 
III. Program Requirements
The list of the Program required courses and their descriptions are presented below.

A. Mandatory requirements
The ME mandatory core courses are listed in the table below.

Course #
Title Credit
Hours
Prerequisites
0408100
Introduction to Mechanical Engineering
2
  • Pre/Co Calculus for Eng. (1440133)
1501113
Programming for Engineers
3
-
1430118
Physics 2 Lab
1
  • Physics 1 Lab (1430116)
  • Pre/Co Physics 2 (1430117)
0401201
Statics
3
  • Physics 1 (1430115)
0408150
Engineering Graphics Design
2
  • Intro. to Mech. Eng. (0408100)
0402202
Circuit Analysis I
3
  • Pre/Co Physics 2 (1430117)
  • Pre/Co Differential Equations for (1440261)
0408201
Engineering Thermodynamics
3
  • Pre/Co Dynamics for Mech. Eng. (0408200)
0408200
Dynamics for Mechanical Engineering 
3
  • Statics (0401201)
0406302
Engineering Materials
3
  • General Chemistry 1 (1420101)
  • Pre/Co Dynamics for Mech. Eng. (0408200)
0402203
Circuit Analysis I Lab
1
  • Pre/Co: Circuit Analysis 1 (0402202)
0408300
Analytical Methods in Engineering
  • Differential Equations for Eng. (1440161)
0408202
Fluid Mechanics for Mechanical Engineers
3
  • Dynamics for Mech. Eng. (0408200)
0408203
Strength of Materials
3
  • Statics (0401201)
0408220
Kinematics
3
  • Dynamics for Mech. Eng. (0408200)
  • Differential Equations for Eng. (1440261)
  • Pre/Co: Eng. Graphic Design (0408150)
0405202
Manufacturing Processes
3
  • Engineering Materials (0406302)
0402340
Engineering Computation and  Linear Algebra
3
  • Programming for Eng. (1501113)
  • Differential Equations for Eng. (1440261)
​0402348
​Signals and Control Systems​3
  • ​Circuit Analysis 1 (0402202)
  • Differential Equations for Eng. (1440261)
  • Dynamics for Mech Eng. (0408200)
0406300
Heat Transfer
3
  • Engineering Thermodynamics (0408201)
  • Fluid Mechanics for ME (0408202)
0406301
Heat Transfer Lab
1
  • Pre/Co Heat Transfer (0406300)
0405221
Eng. Probability and Statistics
3
  • Calculus 1 for Eng. (1440133)
0408318
Instrumentation & Measurements
3
  • Signals & Control Systems (0402348)
  • Fluid Mechanics for ME (0408202)
0408340
Advanced Thermodynamics
3
  • Engineering Thermodynamics (0408201)
0408341
Thermo-Fluid Lab
1
  • Fluid Mechanics for ME (0408202)
  • Pre/Co Advanced Thermodynamics (0408340)
0408330
Machine Elements and Design
3
  • Kinematics (0408220)
  • Strength of Materials (0408203)
  • Pre/Co Manufacturing Processes (0405202)
1502300
Professional, Societal, and Ethical Issues in Engineering
1
  • 65 Credit Hours
0408420
Thermal System Design
3
  • Heat Transfer (0406300;)
  • Fluid Mechanics for ME (0408202)
0408432
Advanced Fluid Mechanics
3
  • Fluid Mechanics for ME (0408202)
0408440
Mechanical System Design
3
  • Analytical Methods in Eng. (0408330)
  • Machine Elements & Design (0408300)
  • Fluid Mechanics for ME (0408202)
0408491
Senior Design Project I
1
  • 90 Credit Hours
0408492
Senior Design Project II
3
  • Senior Design Project 1 (0408491)


B. Technical Elective
As part of the program for the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, the student is required to study 6 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 different areas to get 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 the required program courses are designed to allow the student to develop in-depth knowledge and understanding in the following areas:

1. Thermo-fluids
2. Solid Mechanics 
 
It is highly recommended that the student registers for these courses after completing the program requirements.

Course # Title CrHrs Prerequisites
0408410
Introduction to Finite Element Methods
3
0408330
0408460
Reliability Engineering
3
0402241
0408425
Robotics and Automation
3
0408220; 0402348
0408426
Energy Conversion
3
0406200; 0406201
0408427
Heating, Ventilation and Air- Conditioning
3
0406300;
0406201; 0406200
0408475
Mechanical Metallurgy
3 0406302
0408345
Mechanical Vibrations 
3
0408200, 1440261
0408349
Internal Combustion Engines 
3
 0406300; Pre/Co: 0408340
0408430
Numerical Simulation of Thermo-fluids Systems 
3 0406300; 0402340: 
0408480 Special Topics in ME 3 Senior standing
 

C. Senior Design Project Option
Students will have a Senior Design Project during their senior year of study over two semesters: 
Senior Design Project I (1 credit)
Senior Design Project II (3 credits) 


Course Description
The courses offered in the Mechanical Engineering program are designated code numbers in the form of (0408 ABC) where:
0408
​Program Code
A
Year (level)
B Area
C Course sequence in an area


Course Description
Mandatory Courses

Descriptions of the Mandatory core courses are given below.

0408100
Introduction to Mechanical Engineering2-0:2
Introduction to the mechanical engineering profession, ethics, and disciplines; development of skills in teamwork, problem-solving, and design; other topics include computer applications and programming; introduction to mechanical systems emphasizing system approach, Newton's law, unit conversions, statistics, Excel.

Pre-requisite:
  • Pre/Co Calculus for Eng. (1440133)


1501113
Programming for Engineers 2-3:3
This course introduces the basic principles and concepts of programming techniques in a high-level language to the engineering students to solve engineering problems. Subjects include programming concepts, pseudo-code, and algorithms, user-defined data types, formatted input/output, selection structures, repetition structures, functions and procedures, text files, static and dynamic memory allocation,  introduction to object-oriented programming. Weekly laboratory assignments are an integral part of this course. 

Pre-requisite: None.

 

1430118 Physics 2 Laboratory 0-3:1
Ten experiments in electricity and magnetism, covering topics in Physics (II)

Course. Prerequisite:
  • Physics 1 Lab (1430116)
  • Pre/Co Physics 2 (1430117)
  

0401201Statics3-0:3
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:
  • Physics 1 (1430115)


0408150
Engineering Graphics Design 0-2:2
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.

Prerequisite:
  • Intro. to Mech. Eng. (0408100)
 

0402202
Circuit Analysis I3-0:3
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 a steady-state sinusoidal response.

Prerequisite:
  • Pre/Co Physics 2 (1430117)
  • Pre/Co Differential Equations for (1440261)


0408201
Engineering Thermodynamics
3-0:3
Basic concepts of thermodynamics: temperature, work, heat, internal energy, and enthalpy. The first law of thermodynamics for closed and steady-flow open systems. Thermodynamic properties of pure substances; changes of phase; equation of state. The second law of thermodynamics: the concept of entropy. Power and refrigeration cycles.

Prerequisite:
  • Pre/Co Dynamics for Mech. Eng. (0408200)


0408200
Dynamics for Mechanical Engineering 
3-0:3
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:
  • Statics (0401201)


0406302Engineering Materials3-0:3
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: 
  • General Chemistry I (1420101)
  • Pre/Co Dynamics for Mech. Eng. (0408200) ​ ​


0402203
Circuit Analysis I Laboratory0-3:1
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: Circuit Analysis 1 (0402202)
 

0408300
Analytical Methods in Engineering3-0:3
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.

Pre-requisite: 
  • Differential Equations for Eng. (1440161)
 

0408202
Fluid Mechanics For ME
3-0:3
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:
  • Dynamics for Mech. Eng. (0408200)


0408203
Strength of Materials
3-0:3
Simple states of stress and strain; Hook's law; torsional stresses; axial deformation; internal forces in beams; bending and shearing diagrams and stresses; beam design; stress transformation; thin-walled pressure vessels; beam deflection, lab session and experiments.

Prerequisite: 
  • Statics (0401201)
 

0408220Kinematics3-0:3
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:
  • Dynamics for Mech. Eng. (0408200)
  • Differential Equations for Eng. (1440261)
  • Pre/Co: Eng. Graphic Design (0408150)


0405202
Manufacturing Processes2-3:3
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:
  • Engineering Materials (0406302)

 
0402340Engineering Computation and Linear Algebra3-0:3
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:
  • Programming for Eng. (1501113)
  • Differential Equations for Eng. (1440261)



0402348
Signals and Control Systems3-0:3
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:
  • Circuit Analysis 1 (0402202)
  • Differential Equations for Eng. (1440261)
  • Dynamics for Mech Eng. (0408200)


0406300Heat Transfer3-0:3
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:
  • Engineering Thermodynamics (0408201)
  • Fluid Mechanics for ME (0408202)
 

0406301Heat Transfer Lab0-3:1
Experiments on measurement techniques heat transfer principles of linear and radial conduction; unsteady state heat conduction; natural and forced convection; parallel and counter flow exchangers; thermal radiation; temperature measurement.

Prerequisite:
  • Pre/Co Heat Transfer (0406300)
 

0405221
Engineering Probability and Statistics 
3-0:3
Descriptive statistics and sampling, sample space and events, axioms of probability, conditional probability, statistical independence, Bayes theorem, discrete probability distributions (uniform, binomial, geometric, Poisson), continuous probability distributions (normal, exponential, gamma and Weibull), joint probability distribution, point estimation, central limit theorem, interval estimation, use of statistical software.

Prerequisite:
  • Calculus 1 for Eng. (1440133)


0408318
Instrumentation and Measurements
3-0:3
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: 
  • Signals & Control Systems (0402348)
  • Fluid Mechanics for ME (0408202)
 
 
0408340
Advanced Thermodynamics3-0:3
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:
  • Engineering Thermodynamics (0408201)


0408341Thermo-Fluids Lab0-3:1
Introduction to basic thermo-fluid principles, instrumentation; experimental verification, and reinforcement of analytical concepts introduced.

Prerequisite:
  • Fluid Mechanics for ME (0408202)
  • Pre/Co Advanced Thermodynamics (0408340)​ ​


0408330
Machine Elements and Design3-0:3
This course covers static failure theories; fatigue failure theories; the design of machine elements to include the design of columns, shafts, tolerances, and fits, fasteners, and bolted connections and gears.

Prerequisites: 
  • Kinematics (0408220)
  • Strength of Materials (0408203)
  • Pre/Co Manufacturing Processes (0405202)


1502300
Professional, Societal, and Ethical Issues in Engineering 1-0:1
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: the source will include the history of science and technology and reports from professional societies. Topics covered include whistleblowing, environmental, safety, and privacy issues. 
Prerequisite: 3rd year standing.

Prerequisite:
  • 65 Credit Hours

 

0408420 Thermal System Design 3-0:3
Analysis, management and cost, optimal design, and computer simulation of thermal systems and components; Application in fluid flow and heat transfer. Selected course topics are included as computer programming projects.

Prerequisite:
  • Heat Transfer (0406300;)
  • Fluid Mechanics for ME (0408202)

 

0408432 Advanced Fluid Mechanics 3-0:3
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: 
  • Fluid Mechanics for ME (0408202)
 

0408440
Mechanical System Design 3-0:3
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 a team project(s).

Prerequisite:
  • Analytical Methods in Eng. (0408330)
  • Machine Elements & Design (0408300)
  • Fluid Mechanics for ME (0408202)
 

0408491 Senior Design Project I 1-0:1
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 proposal, oral presentations, and a comprehensive final report are required. Students are introduced to the basic elements of modern engineering design methods. Groups of students investigate a research topic in some areas of Mechanical Engineering from the current literature under the supervision of the course instructor.

Prerequisite:
  • 90 Credit Hours
 

0408492 Senior Design Project II 3-6:3
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:
  • Senior Design Project 1 (0408491)
 

Technical Elective Courses

Descriptions of the technical elective courses are given below.

0408345
Mechanical Vibrations
3-0:3
This course covers the response of discrete single, two- and multi-degree of freedom systems to vibration. Cases of free and forced vibration, damped and undamped systems will be covered. Base excitation, rotating imbalance, vibration Isolation, introduction to human responses to vibration.
Prerequisite: 0408200 Dynamics for Mechanical Engineering, 1440261 Differential Equations for Eng.
 

0408349
Internal Combustion Engines
3-0:3
This course introduces the fundamentals of how the design and operation of automobile engines affect their performance and environmental impact. The fluid flow, thermodynamics, combustion, and fuel properties are studied with reference to engine power, efficiency, and pollutant formation. Students examine the design features and operating characteristics of different types of automobile engines: conventional gasoline, diesel engines, and next-generation combustion engines including direct injection (DI), low-temperature-combustion (LTC) diesel, homogeneous-charge compression-ignition (HCCI) engines. The key features of alternative fuel, hybrid, and fuel cell-powered engines are also discussed. The course includes a term project of literature review and presentation performed by 3~4 students as a project team.
Prerequisite: 0406300 Heat transfer; Pre/Co: 0408340 Advanced Thermodynamics.

0408410
Introduction to Finite Element Analysis 3-0:3
Introduces students to the mathematical foundation of the finite element method and its use in engineering through a commercially available FEA software package. Finite element theory covered includes the 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. ​ ​
 

0408430
Numerical Simulations of Thermo-Fluids Systems
3-0:3
Numerical simulation of fluid flow and heat transfer, discretization techniques for elliptic, parabolic, and hyperbolic equations, stability, and accuracy of numerical solutions, diffusion equation, linear convection equation, nonlinear convection dominated problems, numerical solution of the Navier-Stokes equations, grid generation, writing/modifying computer codes, and commercial software demonstration.
Prerequisite: 0406300: Heat Transfer; 0402340: Engineering Computation and Linear Algebra 


0408460
Reliability Engineering 4-0:4
The course introduces 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 a cost-effective decision; at the utilization, phase understands 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.
 

0408425
Robotics and Automation 3-0:3
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. ​ ​
 

0408426
Energy Conversion 3-0:3
Introduction to global energy concerns; sustainability, fossil, and nuclear fuels; energy consumption analysis; energy management and conservation techniques; renewable and alternative energy sources. Modern energy conversion methods, fuel cells, photovoltaic cells, and hybrid systems.
Prerequisite: 0406200 - Thermodynamics; 0406201 - Fluid Mechanics. ​ ​
 

0408427
Heating, Ventilating, and Air-Conditioning 3-0:3
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.
Pre-requisites: 0406201 - Fluid Mechanics, Pre/Co 0406300 – Heat Transfer. ​ ​
 

0408475 Mechanical Metallurgy 3-0:3
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. ​ ​
 

0408480 Special Topics in ME 3-0:3
This course covers emerging and advanced topics in the field of mechanical engineering. The contents will vary depending on the topic.
Prerequisite: Senior standing. ​ ​