Course Description

University of California, Davis
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Mechanical Design - EME 150A
Fall 2015, Lecture: MWF 9-9:50AM, Discussion: F 10-10:50AM
CRN: 51884

This course introduces the student to mechanical design theory and methodology that build on the fundamentals learned in statics, dynamics, strength of materials, computer aided drafting, and manufacturing. The course will prepare the student to both individually and collaboratively design mechanical systems that will be safe from failure and ensure that other design constraints are met.


  1. To develop your analytical skills and intuitive judgment in mechanical design and the evaluation of structural integrity.
  2. To improve your skills in identifying and using appropriate resources in engineering design and failure analysis.
  3. To expose you to open-ended design problems that require conceptual and analytical problem solving and documentation of a design solution.
  4. To enhance your skills in engineering writing.


  • ENG 35 Statics
  • ENG 45/45Y Properties of Materials
  • ENG 104 Mechanics of Materials
  • EME 50 Manufacturing Processes (may be taken concurrently)

ABET Educational Student Outcomes

This course addresses the following Educational Outcomes for the Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautical Science and Engineering Programs:

a. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
c. an ability to design a system , component, or process to meet desired
   needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental,
   social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and
e. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
f. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
g. an ability to communicate effectively
h. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering
   solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
k. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools
   necessary for engineering practice.


Jason K. Moore
2095 Bainer Hall

Matthew Lefort

Time and Location

The lecture/discussion meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00-9:50 AM and Fridays 9:00-10:50 AM in 1132 Bainer.

If you have any conflicts with the schedule, especially for the midterm or exam, you must tell me in the first week of class (emergencies will be the only exception).

Office Hours

Jason will hold office hours on Wednesdays and Fridays from 2-3PM in Bainer 2095.

Matthew will hold office hours on Thursdays and Fridays from 11AM-12PM in the Computer Aided Engineering Lab (2121A) Bainer Hall.

Academic Integrity

Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. Please visit the Academic Integrity web page from UC Davis Office of Student Judicial Affairs to review the campus' policy on academic responsibility and integrity and read the UC Davis code of academic conduct.

The midterm and final exam will be closed note, closed book and done on an individual basis.

Feel free to discuss homework assignments and work on them together, but each student must turn in a unique solution. Keep in mind that actually doing all of the homework yourself is critical for learning and passing the course.

The first project will be an individual project but have elements of collaboration built in. The second project will be a group effort but also include individual evaluation along with peer evaluations.


Shigley's Mechanical Engineering Design, Budynas and Nisbett, 10th Edition, McGraw Hill Education. ISBN 978-0-07-339820-4 [Book Information]

Reading will be assigned from the textbook. A copy of the textbook will be available on two-hour reserve at the library. I will do my best to provide the homework in a way that doesn't require you purchase the book to read any problems but this is not guaranteed. Older editions will be more than sufficient for reading and studying. Keep in mind that this particular textbook is one of the better references to have for your career if you work in mechanical design.

Assignments & Grades

Grades will be available in the grade book periodically throughout the course along with class statistics. Check the website on a regular basis to gauge your performance. Keep in mind that 15% is deducted per business day late on all assignments. Take extra caution if you believe your exams or assignments to be incorrectly graded. If the request for additional points is found NOT to be valid, the points may be subtracted from the total score of the assignment or exam.

Homework 10%
In class 10%
Design Project 1 20%
Design Project 2 20%
Midterm 20%
Final 20%
Weekly homework will be assigned which will be due before class the following week in the mechanical engineering homework drop box D in Bainer Hall.
In class
There will be a variety of in class assignments and quizzes that may count towards your grade.
Design Projects
There will be two design projects, one for the first half of the course and one for the second. Grades will be determined based on individual performance, group performance, and peer evaluations. To pass the course, each student must complete the two projects.


We will make use of smartsite for the course. Log in to with you Kerberos ID and passphrase then select EME 150A FQ 2015 or access the smartsite through this link:

We will be using several features in smartsite:

All class announcements will be sent to your UCD email address and be collected here. Check this regularly during the class for important information.
The assignments will be distributed here.
Course Website
This displays this website within smartsite.
Your grades and basic stats on your relative performance will be available as the course goes along.
Files, documents, and other resources will be available here for download.
Piazza should be used for all questions that everyone would benefit from. Please default to asking questions on Piazza instead of email. Use personal emails only for correspondence that needs privacy.