Mechanical Design and Manufacturing Engineering Modules

Year 1

Engineering Mathematics 1

MME1111

This course covers foundational mathematics required in engineering. The focus of the content in this module is analytical mathematics but a brief overview of fundamentals including functions, matrix algebra, differentiation and integration shall be provided in the beginning.

Subsequently, the module will move to the core content that includes a system of linear equations with eigenvectors and eigenvalues, ordinary differential equations, Laplace transforms and Fourier series.

This course is mainly conducted through lectures and tutorials. There are two quizzes and one group assignment as part of continuous assessment. At the end of the trimester, students will need to complete a final examination.


Engineering Mathematics 2

MME1112

This course covers fundamental numerical approaches, probabilistic and statistical inference for engineering applications.

As part of this course, students will also learn to use software to develop algorithms for numerical recipes (Matlab) and analyse data (Minitab).

Basic numerical approaches are considered in this course for solving nonlinear equations and ordinary differential equations, interpolation, curve fitting, finite difference, and quadrature. Under statistics, data sampling and evaluation methods, as well as common probability models shall be covered.

Topics of statistical inference include sampling distribution, confidence interval, measurement uncertainty and hypothesis testing.

This course is mainly conducted through lectures and tutorials. Tutorial sessions may be conducted in a computer laboratory to facilitate numerical computations.

There will be two quizzes and one group assignment as part of continuous assessment. At the end of the trimester, students will need to complete a final examination.


Engineering Statics

MME1121

This course aims to provide important fundamentals in engineering mechanics.

The statics component in engineering mechanics focuses on finding and analysing the governing mechanical characteristics of structural elements and bodies in equilibrium.

The concepts of vectors, forces, moments and state of equilibrium are first introduced to provide the understanding of using free-body diagrams and static equations for mechanical analysis.

Application of these concepts in structural analysis of trusses is considered with the method of joints and the method of sections.

Students will also learn about friction, centre of mass, area moment of inertia. 

This course will mainly be conducted through lectures and tutorials. There will be two assignments and one mid-trimester quiz as part of continuous assessment. At the end of the trimester, students will need to complete a final examination.


Mechanics of Materials

MME1122

Following studies on engineering mechanics, this course also considers the influence of materials in affecting mechanical behaviour of solids.

This module will first introduce the fundamentals of mechanical properties of materials before studying the effects of loading on solid elements and structures.

The basic concepts of mechanical properties of solids are introduced through stress-strain diagrams of materials together with Hooke’s Law, Poisson’s ratio and shear deformation. The next topics study materials under loading in axial, buckling, torsional and bending modes.  For the bending mode, students will also learn internal forces, bending moment, bending stress and beam deflection. This will lead to an understanding of stress-strain transformation with the use of Mohr’s circle. The module concludes with an overview of fracture mechanics with fatigue and creep.

This course will mainly be conducted through lectures and tutorials/laboratories. There will be one design assignment, two laboratory reports and one quiz as part of continuous assessment. At the end of the trimester, students will need to complete a final examination.


Computer-Aided Design and Manufacturing

MME1231

Through this module, you will develop the ability to “concurrently” consider the design process and manufacturing methods.

Key takeaway(s):

  • Employ solid modelling software to generate 3D models and 2D technical drawings.
  • Get acquainted with forming processes, machining methods, production planning and costing.
  • Gain an understanding of fundamental orthographic principles, engineering fits and limit dimensions, geometric dimensions and tolerances, and surface texture.

Materials for Engineers

MME1141

This module introduces the student to materials used in engineering applications.

The overall aim is to help the student achieve an understanding of the properties of various classes of materials such as ceramics, metals/alloys, polymers and composites so that the student can select appropriate materials for the engineering application.

The topics to be covered will address the following areas:
Atomic and molecular structures, Crystal structures including defects, Mechanical properties, Mechanical testing, Phase diagrams, Phase transformations, Materials selection using appropriate software such as CES Edupack and Green/sustainable materials.

This course is mainly conducted through lectures and tutorials. In addition, a laboratory experiment and a material selection assignment will enhance the understanding of the students and contribute to the final grade of the module.


Programming

MME1151

This module introduces computer programming using the C programming language.

Topics include variable and constant declarations, arithmetic operations, selection, input/output operations, repetition, functions and recursion, arrays, pointers, and other related topics.

Students will learn how to analyse programming problems such as when to choose regular loops, or when recursion will produce a better program.

Students will also have hands-on exposure in designing, implementing, testing and debugging programs that use different data types, such as simple variables, arrays, and structures.


Circuits and Digital Electronics

MME1152

This module will introduce electrical concepts and analogue circuit theory as a primary base for understanding both electrical and computer engineering.

It will also provide a foundation for understanding and designing simple circuits and systems built with digital electronic circuit elements.

The topics covered in this module include the following:
Circuit elements, Ohm´s law, Kirchhoff´s laws, simple resistive circuits, techniques of circuit analysis, capacitance, inductance, and first-order RC-circuits (natural and step response)

Simplified properties, function and use of diodes and MOSFET transistors. Number systems, binary arithmetic, Boolean algebra, logic gates, simplification methods, combinational logic and simple memory components, flip flops, counters, shift registers, and simple arithmetic circuits

Time delay, performance, area, and power consumption for simple digital circuits.


Design and Prototyping Practices

MME1261

This module aims to provide and equip students with basic mechatronics-based skills to enable them to carry out prototyping. Lesson plan will include hands-on activities of various aspects of prototyping including design & manufacture of components, integration of mechatronic components, as well as programming.


Fundamentals of Thermofluids

MME1171

This course is designed to develop students’ basic understanding of the fundamentals of engineering thermodynamics and fluid mechanics, which can be used in the analysis of common engineering systems.