TAM 302: Engineering Design Principles

Class Description:

Examples of mechanical design problems that occur in engineering practice and the procedures and issues involved in solving them; technical aspects and societal ramifications of the design process; intellectual property, ethics, and contemporary issues; probability and statistics; computational mechanics; case studies; student discussion of design-related issues at different levels; design project reports and presentations; student teams. Prerequisite: Junior standing in engineering. 3 undergraduate hours.


The individual as a designer (2 hr)
The process of design and design teams (2 hr)
Geometry and design: scale, similarity, allotropy (4 hr)
Dimensional analysis-theory of models (4 hr)
Images of design: paradigms/case studies (5 hr)
Visualization, presentation of ideas and data (2 hr)
Intellectual property, patents, copyright, etc. (2 hr)
Ethics (3 hr)
Lessons from biological design (2 hr)
Problem Methods of evaluation (2 hr)
Methods of evaluation (2 hr)
Aspects of probability and statistics (6 hr)
Project reports and presentations, interactive discussions (8 hr)
Midterms (1)


ME:  Free elective.

EM:  Required.

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