ME 102B Class 1
Important Issues for Class 1
- One Basic Question You will be Asked at the End of the Class
What are the things your team has accomplished that can
not be done by freshmen? (Have you used any training,
knowledge from the courses you have taken in
the Mechanical Engineering Department?)
- Class Objectives
The goal of this course is to give each student an understanding of design
principles and teach them how to integrate their engineering knowledge to
synthesize and analyze mechanical systems. At the end of the course,
student should be able to:
Explain and practice basic design processes
Work effectively in engineering teams utilizing good team communication and
meeting skills to resolve conflict and bring the team to a performing phase.
Manage and plan large design projects using Gantt and Pert tools along
with other methods.
Effectively present their ideas, analysis, problems, issues, etc. in
oral, written, graphic and physical forms during the entire process.
Define customer and engineering requirements using methods such as
quality function deployment (QFD).
Systematically generate concepts using methods such as brainstorming,
classification trees, combination tables and decomposition methods.
Efficiently select best concepts using objective structured methodologies such
as feasibility analysis and screening methods, concept selection matrix
and concept scoring among others.
Integrate past course material to advance basic system concepts to
detail designs and manufacturing plans for a product.
Implement "Design for X" (X - manufacturing, safety, environment, reliability)
to improve upon quality of the finished product and the design process.
Assess economic, ergonomic, environment and ethical issues during the
Design, build, test, evaluate and redesign "real" mechanical systems.
- Teaming Issues
Cooperative learning methods will be used during this course.
These methods depend heavily on teamwork. Students will be assigned to groups
of four to five that will work together the entire semester on a single design
project. Different methodologies and techniques will be introduced during this
class in a variety of formats.
Since the projects depend on teamwork it is expected that all team members
will participate in each class.
You have to inform the instructor
beforehand if there is some reason that you can not be in the class or there
will be penalty applied to your final grade.
It is expected that each team during the semester will experience some
conflict. What is important is that the teams deal with this conflict in a
positive and constructive manner.
Teams having problem working together should make every effort to resolve
them. Students who consistently fail to pull their weight can be fired
with permission of the instructor and unanimous vote of the remaining
team members. Firing a student is a serious procedure and should not
be taken lightly. Students repeatedly carry the load for their team mates can
quit with permission of the instructor. Students who either are fired
or quit must find another group willing to unanimously take them on.
No individual projects will be accepted.
- Machine Shop Usage
It is expected that you have received machine shop training during ME102A
and are certified to use the machines in the ME machine shop. If you do
not have this certification, it is your responsibility to gain it as
soon as possible.
Incomplete machine shop training will not be accepted as an excuse for
The machine shop is a highly used resource in the department and shop
time is very valuable. Missing a machine-shop time slot will be considered
a serious offense.
If missing machine-shop slots becomes habitual, machine shop privileges will