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 fouryear 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 eightweek 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 by means of 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 span 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 
15

26 
76

117

Elective Credits 
9

 
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. Fifteen (15) mandatory credit hours are selected from domains 1, 2, 3, and 4 and (9) elective credit hours 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 
CrHrs 
Prerequisites 
0408100

Introduction to Mechanical Engineering

2

Pre/Co 1440133

1411113

Programming for Engineers

3

None

1430118

Physics 2 Lab

1

1430116; Pre/Co:
1430117

0401201

Statics

3

1430115 
0408150

Engineering Graphics Design

2

0408100

0402202

Circuit Analysis I

3

Pre/Co: 1430117 and
1440261

0408201

Engineering Thermodynamics

3

0406101 or Pre/Co 0408200

0408200

Dynamics for Mechanical Engineering

3

0401201

0406302

Engineering Materials

3

1420101; 0406101 or
Pre/Co

0402203

Circuit Analysis I Lab

1

Pre/Co: 0402202

0408300 
Analytical Methods in Engineering

3 
1440161

0408202

Fluid Mechanics for Mechanical Engineers

3

0406101 or 0408200

0408203

Strength of Materials

3

0401201

0408220

Kinematics

3

0408200, 1440261, Pre/Co: 0408150

0405202

Manufacturing Processes

3

0405101 or 0406302

0402340

Engineering Computation and Linear Algebra

3

1411115 or 1411113;
1440261

0406300

Heat Transfer

3

0406200, 0406201 or 0408201, 0408202

0406301

Heat Transfer Lab

1

Pre/Co: 0406300

0405221

Eng. Probability and Statistics

3

1440133

0408318

Instrumentation & Measurements

3

0402348; 0408202

0408340

Advanced Thermodynamics

3

0408201

0408341

ThermoFluid Lab

1

0408202, Pre/Co 0408340

0408330

Machine Elements and Design

3

0408220, 0408203; Pre/Co: 0405202

1502300

Professional, Societal, and Ethical Issues in Engineering

1

3rd year standing

0402348

Signals and Control Systems

3

0402202; 1440261;
0406101 or 0408200

0408420

Thermal System Design

3

0406300; 0408202

0408432

Advanced Fluid Mechanics

3

0408202

0408440

Mechanical System Design

3

0408330; 0408300; 0408202

0408491

Senior Design Project I

1

Senior standing

0408492

Senior Design Project II

3

0408491

B. Technical Elective
As part of the program for the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, the student is required to study 6 9 credit hours of technical elective courses. These courses allow the student to focus on a specific area for indepth 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 indepth knowledge and understanding in the following areas:
1. Thermofluids
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 Thermofluids 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)
Study Plan
Semesterbysemester Study Plan from Fall 20212022 onwards
Semesterbysemester Study Plan from Fall 2019 to Spring 2021
Semesterbysemester Study Plan from Fall 2016 to Spring 2019
Course Description
The courses offered in the Mechanical Engineering program are designated code numbers in the form of (0408ABC) where:
A 
Year (level)

B 
Areas 
C 
Course sequence in an area

Course Description Mandatory Courses
Descriptions of the Mandatory core courses are given below.
1411113 
Programming for Engineers 
23:3 
This course introduces the basic principles and concepts of programming techniques in a highlevel language to the engineering students to solve engineering problems. Subjects include programming concepts, pseudocode, and algorithms, userdefined data types, formatted input/output, selection structures, repetition structures, functions and procedures, text files, static and dynamic memory allocation, introduction to objectoriented programming. Weekly laboratory assignments are an integral part of this course. Prerequisite: None.

1430118 
Physics 2 Laboratory 
03:1 
Ten experiments in electricity and magnetism, covering topics in Physics (II)
Course. Prerequisite: 1430116  Physics I Lab; Pre/Co: 1430117  Physics II. 
0408100

Introduction to Mechanical Engineering 
20:2 
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.
Prerequisite: 1440133 – Calculus I for Engineering 
0408150

Engineering Graphics Design 
02:2 
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.
Pre requisite: 0408100 – Introduction to Mechanical Engineering. 
0401201 
Statics 
30:3 
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: 1430115  Physics I. 
0408203

Strength of Materials

30:3 
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; thinwalled pressure vessels; beam deflection, lab session and experiments.
Prerequisite: 0401201  Statics 
0408200

Dynamics for Mechanical Engineering

30:3 
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: 0401201 – Statics. 
0402202

Circuit Analysis I 
30:3 
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 steadystate sinusoidal response.
Prerequisite: Pre/Co: 1430117 Physics II; Pre/Co: 1440261  Differential Equations for Engineers. 
0402203

Circuit Analysis I Laboratory 
03:1 
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: 1430118  Physics II Laboratory; Pre/Co: 0402202  Circuit Analysis I. 
0405221

Engineering Probability and Statistics

30:3 
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: 1440133Calculus I for Eng.

0408318

Instrumentation and Measurements

30:3 
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: 0402348 – Signals and Control Systems; 0406201  Fluid Mechanics.

0408201

Engineering Thermodynamics

30:3 
Basic concepts of thermodynamics: temperature, work, heat, internal energy and enthalpy. First law of thermodynamics for closed and steadyflow 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 0408200 – Dynamics for Mechanical Engineering.

0408202

Fluid Mechanics For ME

30:3 
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 onedimensional flows; continuity, Euler, Bernoulli, steady flow energy, linear and angular momentum equations; flow in pipes and losses.
Prerequisite: 0406101  Statics and Dynamics or 0408200 – Dynamics for Mechanical Engineering. 
0408220 
Kinematics 
30:3 
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: 1440261  Differential Equations for Engineers, Pre/Co: 0408150 Engineering Graphics Design.

0406300 
Heat Transfer 
30:3 
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: : 0406200 Thermodynamics and 0406201 Fluid Mechanics or 0408201 Engineering Thermodynamics and 0408202 Fluid Mechanics for ME.

0406301 
Heat Transfer Lab 
03:1 
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 0406300  Heat Transfer. 
0406302 
Engineering Materials 
30:3 
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: 1420101  General Chemistry I; 0406101  Statics and Dynamics or Pre/Co 0401243 – Dynamics. 
0402340 
Engineering Computation and Linear Algebra 
30:3 
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: 1411115  or 1411113  Programming for Engineers; 1440261  Differential Equations for Engineers. 
0402348

Signals and Control Systems 
30:3 
Representation and analysis of signals. Fourier transforms. Linear timeinvariant 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 0408200 – Dynamics for Mechanical Engineering 
1502300

Professional, Societal and Ethical Issues in Engineering 
10:1 
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.

0405202

Manufacturing Processes 
23:3 
Introduction and classification of engineering materials and their properties. Traditional manufacturing processing of materials (ferrous and nonferrous) 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. 
0408300

Analytical Methods in Engineering 
30:3 
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.
Prerequisite: 1440261 Differential Equations for Engineers. 
0408330

Machine Elements and Design 
30:3 
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: 0408203  Strength of Materials; 0408220  Kinematics. 
0408340

Advanced Thermodynamics 
30:3 
Thermodynamic principles are applied to the analysis of power, vapor cycles, and airconditioning systems. Thermodynamics of state, gas mixtures and gasvapor mixtures, irreversibility and combustion, chemical reactions, Thermodynamics of highspeed gas flow, and fuel cells. Prerequisite: 0408201 – Engineering Thermodynamics.

0408341 
ThermoFluids Lab 
03:1 
Introduction to basic thermofluid principles, instrumentation; experimental verification, and reinforcement of analytical concepts introduced.
Prerequisite: 0406201  Fluid Mechanics; Pre/Co 0408340  Advanced Thermodynamics 
0408420 
Thermal System Design 
30:3 
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: 0408201 – Engineering Thermodynamics.; 0408202 Fluid Mechanics for ME.

0408432 
Advanced Fluid Mechanics 
30:3 
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, twodimensional isentropic expansion. Viscous flow theory: hydrodynamic lubrication and introduction to boundary layers.
Prerequisite: 0408202 Fluid Mechanics for ME.

0408440

Mechanical System Design 
30:3 
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: 0408202 Fluid Mechanics for ME; 0408300  Analytical Methods in Engineering; 0408330 – Machine Elements and Design. 
0408491 
Senior Design Project I 
10:1 
Student teams develop professionallevel experience by applying, integrating, and extending previously acquired knowledge in a major design project. Lectures are devoted to discussing projectrelated 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: Senior standing. 
0408492 
Senior Design Project II 
36:3 
Student teams develop professionallevel experience by applying, integrating, and extending previously acquired knowledge in a major design project. Lectures are devoted to discussing projectrelated 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. 
Elective Courses Descriptions of the technical elective courses are given below.
0408345

Mechanical Vibrations

30:3 
This course covers the response of discrete single, two and multidegree 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

30:3 
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 nextgeneration combustion engines including direct injection (DI), lowtemperaturecombustion (LTC) diesel, homogeneouscharge compressionignition (HCCI) engines. The key features of alternative fuel, hybrid, and fuel cellpowered 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 
30:3 
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. 
0408430

Numerical Simulations of ThermoFluids Systems

30:3 
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 NavierStokes equations, grid generation, writing/modifying computer codes, and commercial software demonstration.
Prerequisite: 0406300: Heat Transfer; 0402340: Engineering Computation and Linear Algebra 
0408460

Reliability Engineering 
40:4 
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 costeffective 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.

0408425

Robotics and Automation 
30:3 
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 
30:3 
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 AirConditioning 
30:3 
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.
Prerequisites: 0406201  Fluid Mechanics, Pre/Co 0406300 – Heat Transfer. 
0408475 
Mechanical Metallurgy 
30:3 
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 
30:3 
This course covers emerging and advanced topics in the field of mechanical engineering. The contents will vary depending on the topic.
Prerequisite: Senior standing.
