California State University Los Angeles - Department of Mechanical Engineering

Accreditation Process and Documents
Department of Mechanical Engineering
California State University Los Angeles

Educational Objectives and Program Outcomes
The following describe the characteristics that the Cal State L.A. Mechanical Engineering Program is seeking to produce in its graduates in the three areas:

  • Lower Division Major Requirements (68 units)
      ENGR 100
      • Introduction to Engineering (1)
          Prerequisites:
        • NONE
      ME 103
      • Introduction to Mechanical Design (3)
          Prerequisites:
        • Drafting or TECH 110
      CE/ME 201
      • Statics (4)
          Prerequisites:
        • PHYS 201
        • MATH 207
      ME 204
      • Statics (4)
          Prerequisites:
        • PHYS 203
  • Upper Division Major Requirements (41 units)
      ENGR 100
      • Introduction to Engineering (1)
          Prerequisites:
        • NONE
      ME 103
      • Introduction to Mechanical Design (3)
          Prerequisites:
        • Drafting or TECH 110
      CE/ME 201
      • Statics (4)
          Prerequisites:
        • PHYS 201
        • MATH 207
      ME 204
      • Statics (4)
          Prerequisites:
        • PHYS 203
  • Senior Design Requiremtns (12 units)
      ENGR 100
      • Introduction to Engineering (1)
          Prerequisites:
        • NONE
      ME 103
      • Introduction to Mechanical Design (3)
          Prerequisites:
        • Drafting or TECH 110
      CE/ME 201
      • Statics (4)
          Prerequisites:
        • PHYS 201
        • MATH 207
      ME 204
      • Statics (4)
          Prerequisites:
        • PHYS 203
  • Upper Division Technical Electives (25 units)
    • Lecture Electives (24 units)
        ENGR 100
        • Introduction to Engineering (1)
            Prerequisites:
          • NONE
        ME 103
        • Introduction to Mechanical Design (3)
            Prerequisites:
          • Drafting or TECH 110
        CE/ME 201
        • Statics (4)
            Prerequisites:
          • PHYS 201
          • MATH 207
        ME 204
        • Statics (4)
            Prerequisites:
          • PHYS 203
    • Laboratory Electives (1 units)
        ENGR 100
        • Introduction to Engineering (1)
            Prerequisites:
          • NONE
        ME 103
        • Introduction to Mechanical Design (3)
            Prerequisites:
          • Drafting or TECH 110
        CE/ME 201
        • Statics (4)
            Prerequisites:
          • PHYS 201
          • MATH 207
        ME 204
        • Statics (4)
            Prerequisites:
          • PHYS 203


Knowledge

Graduates of the Mechanical Engineering program will have the knowledge in math , science and engineering fundamentals, as well as societal issues, that allows them to approach real-world Mechanical Engineering problems with an understanding of their impact on society.

This educational objective will be demonstrated by the following outcomes:

  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering (ABET a). In particular, an ability to apply knowledge of:
    1. chemistry and calculus-based physics
    2. advanced mathematics through multivariate calculus and differential equations
    3. statistics and linear algebra
  2. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility (ABET f)
  3. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global/societal context (ABET h)
  4. knowledge of current events and societal contemporary issues -- non-engineering related (ABET j)
  5. a knowledge of computer aided design and simulation software
  6. a knowledge of measurement and manufacturing techniques
  7. a knowledge of how mechanical engineering integrates into inter-disciplinary systems
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Skills

Graduates of the mechanical engineering program will be able to work in group and individual settings to define and solve problems related to thermal and mechanical systems and manufacturing processes by applying engineering fundamentals and engineering tools with a logical approach and be able to clearly communicate their findings.

This educational objective will be demonstrated by the following outcomes:

  1. an ability to design and conduct experiments as well as to analyze and interpret data (ABET b)
  2. an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs (ABET c)
  3. an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams (ABET e)
  4. an ability to communicate effectively (ABET g)
  5. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice (ABET k)
  6. an ability to select materials and manufacturing processes
  7. an ability to visualize designs from engineering drawings
  8. an ability to think in a logical sequential process that lends itself to identifying, formulating and solving engineering problems (ABET e)
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Attitudes

Graduates of the mechanical engineering program will be confident in their abilities to be successful in industrial, academic, and governmental positions and will have the positive and inquisitive outlook on life and learning necessary to promote their continued professional and personal development throughout their careers.

This educational objective will be demonstrated by the following outcomes:

  1. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility (ABET f)
  2. a recognition of the need for an ability to engage in lifelong learning (ABET i)
  3. an understanding of responsibility and accountability
  4. a desire to be a professional that exhibits values, dedication and a need for continual improvement
  5. a desire to be a flexible and adaptable team player (collaborative attitude)
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