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MECH101P Introduction to Mechanical Engineering

MECH101P Introduction to Mechanical Engineering

MECH101P Introduction to Mechanical Engineering

The course will provide an introduction to Mechanical Engineering, covering fundamental concepts of Applied Mechanics (Statics) and Introduction to Thermofluids.

Code: MECH101P
Alt Codes: None
Title: Introduction to Mechanical Engineering
Level: 1
UCL Credits/ECTS: 0.5/7.5
Start: September
End: April
Taught by: Dr. Manish Tiwari (module coordinator)

Dr. Paul Fromme

Prerequisites

  • No previous experience of Mechanical Engineering is required

Method of Instruction

Two sets of lectures and tutorials, each with a total of two hours duration per week. Tutorial sheets and other exercises will be used.

Additional online and reading materials will also be provided where students are expected to self-learn. Conceptual ideas learnt will be reinforced through the moderated and student focused solving of tutorial examples and questions.

Practical laboratory classes (one each for Statics and Thermofluids) related to the reinforcement of conceptual ideas taught in this subject will be conducted to provide hands-on experience of engineering structures and systems with mandatory requirement of attendance but no formal assessment.

Assessment

  • Examination (2 hours) (80%)
  • 2 Laboratories (20%)

To pass this course, students must:

Obtain an overall pass mark of 40% for all sections combined

Content

The Statics part will aim to teach the basic analytical methods, that is, the fundamental concepts and techniques of engineering mechanics (Statics). Building on mathematical skills from A-levels Mathematics (including for some students Mechanics modules) and concurrent first year Mathematics course, basic concepts of Statics are introduced, practiced and applied to simple engineering problems. Students will obtain modelling knowledge, tools and experience appropriate for a first year engineering course, providing the foundation for higher level courses.

The second part aims to teach fundamentals of Thermofluid sciences. Building on the mathematical skills and physics learning from the A-levels and the concurrent first year Mathematics course, the basic concepts of control volume and control mass are introduced – this teaches students how to analyse systems with and without flows. These fundamental features are then used to perform mass, momentum and energy balance – both in isothermal and non-isothermal systems – with various levels of assumptions. The energy balance is introduced via the first law of Thermodynamics and solution of several analytical problems drawn from practical engineering applications.

General Learning Outcomes:

Knowledge and Understanding

Upon completion of this module students should be able to:

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the essential facts, concepts, theories and principles underlying Statics, Thermofluids, Systems and System Boundaries.

Skills and attributes

Upon completion of this module students should be able to:

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the essential facts, concepts, theories and principles underlying fundamentals of applied mechanics and thermofluid sciences. Teach the basic analytical methods, that is, the fundamental concepts and techniques of engineering mechanics (Statics) and thermofluid sciences.

Develop ability to apply appropriate quantitative techniques and mathematical tools to the analysis of problems arising in applied mechanics and thermofluid sciences. Building on mathematical skills from A-levels Mathematics (including for some students Mechanics modules) and concurrent first year mathematics course, basic concepts of Statics and thermofluids are introduced, practiced and applied to simple engineering problems.

Have a physical feeling for key mechanical engineering components such as an internal combustion engine. Have an appreciation of the wider multidisciplinary context of the underlying theory, including its applications to engineering design and application to real world problems.

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