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Course Number: ME 397 
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Enrollment: Spring 
Course Format: This course is 100% online and has been tailored for distance learners.  
Course Syllabus: View full course details

Course Description 

This 3-credit course imparts a working knowledge of contemporary engineering design theory and techniques, including mathematical methods, through the redesign of a commercially available product. Students periodically share project updates, discussing outcomes and insights gained from applying design methods.  

Who Is This Course For? 

This course is designed for professionals of all levels who want to pursue careers in design and engineering fields, such as industrial design, automotive design, mechanical engineering and aerospace engineering. 

Learning Outcomes 

This course, along with the other courses in the mechanical engineering program, helps students achieve the following learning outcomes: 

  1. Knowledge of and ability to apply engineering and science fundamentals to real problems. 
  2. Ability to formulate and solve open-ended problems. 
  3. Ability to design mechanical components, systems and processes. 
  4. Ability to set up and conduct experiments and to present the results in a professional manner. 
  5. Ability to use modern computer tools in mechanical engineering. 
  6. Ability to communicate in written, oral and graphical forms. 
  7. Ability to work in teams and apply interpersonal skills in engineering contexts. 
  8. Ability and desire to lay a foundation for continued learning beyond the baccalaureate degree. 
  9. Awareness of professional issues in engineering practice, including ethical responsibility, safety, the creative enterprise, and loyalty and commitment to the profession.  
  10. Awareness of contemporary issues in engineering practice, including economic, social, political and environmental issues and global impact. 


This course requires a Bachelor of Science in Engineering or a related field.  

Undergraduate knowledge of mechanical, material, manufacturing and fluid/thermal systems is recommended, as is basic knowledge of calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, statistics, logic and set theory. 

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