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ENGR300 - Fundamentals of Mechanical Engineering

Course Details

Course Code: ENGR300 Course ID: 4607 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course presents the fundamental mechanical principles of engineering required for any course of study in the engineering sciences. The student will be introduced to the principles and applications of statics, dynamics, thermodynamics and heat transfer. Students will study the interaction between mechanical and electrical systems and apply analogies between the two. Topics include: Technical problem solving and communication skills; Forces in Structures and Machines; Materials and Stresses; Fluids Engineering; Thermal and Energy Systems; Motion and Power Transmission. Finally, the course will present the essentials of the mechanical engineering profession and where it fits in the world of technology. (Prerequisites: SCIN234 and MATH240)


Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
07/27/21 - 12/31/21 01/03/22 - 04/24/22 Winter 2022 Session A 16 Week session

Current Syllabi

After completing the course, the student should be able to accomplish these Course Objectives (CO):

CO-1 Differentiate among engineers, mathematicians, and scientists.

CO-2 Outline the major steps involved in a mechanical design process.

CO-3 Examine advantages of multidisciplinary teams, collaboration, and technical communication in engineering.

CO-4 Evaluate the role played by computer-aided engineering tools in linking mechanical design, analysis, and manufacturing.

CO-5 Use vector algebra and polygon methods to produce the resultant of a system.

CO-6 Apply the principles of static equilibrium from Newton's first law to both moving and stationary structures and machines.

CO-7 Evaluate the integration of safety into the design of mechanical components subjected to tension or shear stress.

CO-8 Differentiate between a solid and a fluid, and the physical meanings of a fluid’s density and viscosity properties.

CO-9 Utilize both SI and USCS calculations of various energy, heat, work, and power quantities that are encountered in mechanical engineering.

CO-10 Explain how heat engines operate and limitations on their efficiency.

Instructor announcements: Weekly announcements will appear on Monday of each week in the online classroom. This announcement will also be e-mailed to each student. The announcement will discuss the assignments for the week along with any other pertinent information for the week.

This is an upper level engineering course; all students’ work is to be presented as such in terms of quality and content. The grading system will be based on your forum participation (10%), weekly assignments (60%), and three exams (30%).

Reading Assignments: Please refer to the Course Outline section of this syllabus for the weekly reading assignments.

Week 1 Introductions: Students must log into the classroom and post an introduction to the class during the first week of class. This assignment is worth 5% of the course grade. Your response is due by Sunday of Week 1. Your response must be greater than 250 words (a requirement) and include the following information.

  1. Your name
  2. Your university major or program
  3. Where you are in the program of study
  4. Your academic goals, to include why you are taking this class
  5. Information that you would like to share about yourself

Weekly Forums: The weekly discussion forum is for students to post their questions on course content for that week. This forum should not be used to discuss specific test questions prior to receiving feedback from the instructor (after the test is graded). If there is a question on a specific question, find a similar problem in the book and ask a question on that problem or concept. Asking specific questions on test questions creates an unfair advantage and defeats the purpose of the assessment tool.

Weekly Assignments: There will be ten weekly assignments during the course worth a total of 60% of your total grade. Each weekly assignment will cover one or more chapters in the book used in this course. For all problems requiring mathematical calculations, all work must be shown.

Exams: There will be three exams worth 30% of your final grade. Exams will be open book, open note tests. Exams will be administered without a proctor. Students must complete the numbered exam by the end of the week indicated in the schedule.

NameGrade %
Forums 10.00 %
Introduction 1.00 %
Topic 1 1.00 %
Topic 2 1.00 %
Topic 3 1.00 %
Topic 4 1.00 %
Topic 5 1.00 %
Topic 6 1.00 %
Topic 7 1.00 %
Topic 8 1.00 %
Topic 9 1.00 %
Assignments 60.00 %
Week 1 - Assignment 1:Mechanical Engineering Profession 4.62 %
Week 2 - Assignment 2: Mechanical Design Process 4.62 %
Week 3 - Assignment 3: Resultant Systems 4.62 %
Week 4 - Assignment 4: Moment of Force 4.62 %
Week 5 - Assignment 5: Freebody Diagrams 4.62 %
Week 7 - Assignment 6: Stress and Strain 4.62 %
Week 8 - Assignment 7: Shear Stress 4.62 %
Week 9 - Assignment 8: Fluid Properties 4.62 %
Week 10 - Assignment 9: Drag and Lift Force 4.62 %
Week 12 - Assignment 10: Mechanical Energy, Work & Power 4.62 %
Week 13 - Assignment 11: Heat and Energy Efficiency 4.62 %
Week 14 - Assignment 12: Rotational Motion 4.62 %
Week 15 - Assignment 13: Geartrains 4.62 %
Exams 30.00 %
Exam 1 10.00 %
Exam 2 10.00 %
Exam 3- Final Exam 10.00 %


Site Name- Book Website

Website URL/Address- Introduction to Mechanical Engineering_website

BSEE Course Materials List (Not Covered by Undergraduate Book Grant)

Book Title:An Introduction to Mechanical Engineering - the VitalSource e-book is provided inside the classroom
Publication Info:VS-Cengage
Unit Cost:$123.53
Electronic ISBN:9781305477988
Electronic Unit Cost:$32.00

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.