Course Description

University of California, Davis
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Mechanical Design - EME 150A
Fall 2016, Lecture: MWF 9-9:50AM, Discussion: F 10-10:50AM
CRN: 31967

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. Students will demonstrate the use of analytical skills and intuitive judgment for mechanical design and the evaluation of structural integrity.
  2. Students will develop and use simple analytic models to predict static and dynamic stresses and strains in mechanical structures.
  3. Students will identify and use appropriate resources in engineering design and failure analysis.
  4. Students will solve open-ended design problems that require conceptual and analytical problem solving and create documentation of design solutions.
  5. Students will demonstrate effective 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
d. an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
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
i. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long
k. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools
   necessary for engineering practice.


Jason K. Moore
2095 Bainer Hall

Destiny Garcia

Time and Location

The lecture/discussion meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00-9:50 AM in Hutchison Hall 102 and Fridays 9:00-10:50 AM in Bainer 2071 (MAE Design Studio).

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 Thursdays 10-11AM and Fridays from 2-3PM in Bainer 2095. If you have a time conflict and need to meet outside of these times, please find an available time on Jason's schedule and email him with the request.

Destiny will hold office hours on Wednesdays from 1:30 - 2:30 PM in TB207 Rm 112, and Fridays from 12-1PM in TB207 Rm 110.

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 part of the project will be an mostly individual but have elements of collaboration built in. The second part of the project will be a group effort but also include individual evaluation based on 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. I will do my best to provide the homework in a way that doesn't require you to 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.

Homework 10%
In class 10%
Design Project Part 1 20%
Design Project Part 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 B in Bainer Hall.
In class
There will be a variety of in class assignments and quizzes that may count towards your grade.
Design Project
There will be a two part design project, 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. The part 2 grade will be modified based on peer evaluations.


We will make use of Canvas for the course. Log in to with your Kerberos ID and passphrase then select EME 150A 001 FQ 2016.

We will be using several features in canvas:

This will be my primary communication avenue to you. These announcements will be forwarded automatically to your UCD email address. You are expected to read these either through your email program or on the Canvas website.
The electronic assignments will be distributed and collected here.
Your grades and basic stats on your relative performance will be available as the course goes along.
Copyrighted and private files, documents, and other resources will be available here for download. The rest will be available for download on this website.



Electronic correspondence from the instructors will be made to your UCD email address. It is your responsibility to check this regularly.

Electronic announcements from the instructors to the whole class will be made through Canvas. By default, Canvas will automatically send the announcement to your UCD email address. You can change your Canvas settings to opt out, send it them to a different email, or as an SMS. You are responsible for reading the announcements made via canvas.

When contacting the instructors via email you should default to submitting it via Piazza (see next section) unless the question is a private matter.


Piazza should be used for all questions about the class, homework, theory, projects, etc that is not of a private nature. Piazza allows both the instructors and students to collectively answer questions for the whole classes benefit. The instructors can also endorse the student answer if it is correct. The top student askers and answerers, to be judged by the instructors, will be rewarded with bonus points to their final grade. The link to the Piazza site is here: