Course Policy 


1. OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this course are as follows.
• To provide a through understanding of the fundamentals of mechanical engineering
• To get acquainted with the basic concepts
• To develop a systematic approach to problem-solving skills

2. TEXTBOOK: An Introduction to Mechanical Engineering by J.Wickert ,CENGACE Learning ,2006.

In addition to the weekly reading and homework problem assignments, it is suggested that you review your class notes on a daily basis. You are responsible for all material listed in the syllabus and discussed in lecture. Finally, your instructor may not cover every single topic on the course syllabus in the order that it is listed, or may not have time in lecture to cover all the material listed in the syllabus. You are responsible for all the material listed in the syllabus.

3. EXAMINATIONS: There will be one two-hour exam and one two-hour final comprehensive exam. The comprehensive final exam will be given during the final exam period. Mechanical Engineering Department Laboratory and Workshop training, and technical visits will be assessed through a report to be submitted at the end of the course. All examinations, including the final, will be closed book and closed notes.

4. PREPARATION FOR EXAMINATION: In order to be properly prepared for examination, you should:

  1. Attend and participate in all lectures; 
  2. Read the textbook and your class notes on a regular basis (every day);
  3. Complete and study the homework assignments.

If you neglect any aspect of this trilogy, you will almost guarantee yourself a poor performance. In order to perform well on exams, you must not only know how to solve problems, but you must be comfortable with the basic concepts of the material. This is because the exams are developed in order to test your understanding through problem solving, short answer, conceptual, and other types of questions.
On the exams, points will be deducted if you do not start with a basic equation, if you do not clearly indicate your assumptions, if you do not provide sufficient detail during your analysis, if you do not carry units during your analyses, and if you make sign errors

5. COURSE GRADING: The course grade will be based on the higher score obtained from the following two distributions:

  • One two-hour exam        30%
  • Homework + Report        22.5%
  • Attandence                      5%
  • Technical visit attandence 2.5%
  • Final examination           40%

The above grading scheme allows the student to get a good grade from the course if the student does poorly on one examination, but does well on all others.
It is expected that you attend your registered lecture on a regular basis. If you have to miss class on occasion, i.e. you overslept, were snowed in, or had a medical problem, etc., and then you should try and get the class notes from one of your colleagues.

6. CLASSROOM RULES: Common courtesy while in the classroom is a pre-requisite for learning. The following is expected of students in ME 102 .

  • Turn off all cell phones, pagers, beepers, etc. before entering classroom. It distracts and annoys those sitting near you when your phone, beeper or pager goes off during lecture.
  • Do not read the newspaper once lecture has started. Those behind you cannot see the board/overhead screen through the paper. It is also insulting to your instructor.
  • Remove the newspapers, soda cans, candy wrappers and anything else you bring into classroom when you leave. There are trashcans outside for any refuse. Smoking will not be permitted. 
  •  Class time is not a for socializing. Please restrict your conversations to subjects related to ME 102. It is distracting and annoying to those sitting near you if you’re talking about non-class issues while lecture and discussion is going on. Plus, you’ll invariable miss important information. Finally, it’s disrespectful of your instructor.

7. SOME ADVICE: Reading your textbook and class notes, and working the homework problems on a daily basis is the best way to ensure you learn the material and are prepared for exams. Hard work and struggle is generally required, especially in the early stages of the class, so try and get into the swing of things as soon as possible.
Good luck!