Mechanical Engineering

CURRICULUM FOR B.ENG. PROGAMME IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

PHILOSOPHY AND OBJECTIVES

1.1 PHILOSOPHY

The philosophy of the Department of Mechanical Engineering is to produce high calibre graduates in Mechanical Engineering with the analytical and problem solving skills required for the labour market as well as in the academic relevant to national and international communities. The Mechanical Engineering Department is to become a Centre of Excellence in Mechanical Engineering discipline and for training out graduates with high academic knowledge and adequate practical background for the creation, transfer and application of scientific knowledge for the advancement of mankind in a friendly, interactive and multicultural environment. It is aimed at turning out engineers capable of solving local Nigerian problems in addition to global challenges that they might be confronted with.

The curriculum of the department covers the following specific areas:

  1. Foundation years at 100 and 200 levels common with other Engineering Programmes in the school;
  2. Workshop practice, laboratory work and tutorial;
  3. Design projects with bias towards local applications;
  4. Broad based engineering courses and interaction between students and professionals in industry and government;
  5. Project in the final year in which the student works independently under supervision of academic staff;
  6. Special skills and in depth study in a particular area of programme through optional courses and electives.

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    1. VISION

The vision of the Department of Mechanical Engineering is to be recognized as one of the high quality Mechanical Engineering Programmes in Nigeria with global competitiveness.

1.3 MISSION

To be in line with the University’s Mission, learning is the first priority in the Mechanical Engineering Department. To implement our mission, the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Jos is dedicated to providing the best possible undergraduate Mechanical Engineering Curricula to meet the full range of needs of a highly selective, undergraduate student body. The programme is designed to ensure a high quality engineering education that will contribute new knowledge through research and at the end of the programme our students are qualified to enter and succeed in the mechanical engineering profession through direct entry to the industrial workplace or further professional study. In addition, the Department seeks to maintain recognition through scholarly work and service to the University and the external community.

The curriculum emphasizes a rigorous treatment of the mathematical and scientific approach to the solution of engineering problems. It provides a coherent set of courses in energy conversion and structures/motion in mechanical systems. The program has design across the curriculum and is capped with an integrated design experience in the form of a final year (500 level) project.

 

1.4 OBJECTIVES

The objectives of the Programme are:

  1. To train Engineers in different fields of Mechanical Engineering with high academic standard coupled with adequate practical experience, which is able to meet challenges of a developing economy and sufficiently tackle common day-to-day engineering problems.
  2. To produce graduates with broad-based knowledge in general studies, management and humanities, all of which enhance their understanding, contribution and relevance to the society.
    1. JUSTIFICATION

The Mechanical Engineering programme at the University of Jos provides a foundation for professional engineering careers in private industries and government. Mechanical engineers are employed in a wide range of industries, such as manufacturing, transportation, energy, food, biomedical etc. In general, Mechanical Engineers are involved with the design of all types of physical and chemical processes, research, development, manufacture, testing distribution, support; maintenance and recycling of devices and products, and control of human and machine environments. Mechanical Engineers conceive, plan, design, and direct the manufacture, distribution and operation of a wide variety of devices, machines, instruments, materials, and systems used for energy conversion, heat and mass transfer, biomedical applications, environmental control. Automobiles, airplanes, home appliances, robots rockets, space capsules, printers and computer hard disk drives are some of the various products that have been customarily designed and developed by Mechanical Engineers. Mechanical Engineers possess a firm understanding of science, mathematics and engineering needed to carry out these complex tasks which are so important to a modern technological society. To this effect, the Department of Mechanical Engineering offers a five (5) year undergraduate programme leading to the award of Bachelor of Engineering (B.ENG.) Honours degree in Mechanical Engineering is offered in the department. There are two semesters in each academic year, with each semester made up to 18 weeks – one (1) week of registration. 15 weeks of lectures and tutorials as well as laboratory and studio works, one (1) week mid-semester break and one (1) week of examinations.

Mechanical Engineering is the cornerstone of industrial growth and development. It ensures the production of goods which are necessary for sustaining lives and providing conducive means of transportation, habitat, recreational facilities etc. In order to guarantee the production of good graduates for the ever-growing industry the department shall have well equipped laboratories which includes; Thermodynamics Laboratory I, Thermodynamics Laboratory II, Metrology Laboratory, Metallurgy Laboratory, Fluid Mechanics Laboratory and Strength of Materials Laboratory. There should also be a Drawing Studio and a well-equipped AutoCad Centre. The Mechanical Engineering Department shall utilize the Centre for Industrial Studies facilities and equipments in carrying out complimentary teaching that provides professional practice in a simulated industrial environment.

 

The programme is designed to identify and pursue applied research and development opportunities that offer the greatest potentials for commercialization by industries and emphasizes increased local content and value-added manufacturing. The activities of the programme are geared towards the development of sound minded, intellectually balanced, highly creative and innovative Engineers. Students of the Mechanical Engineering Department shall be exposed to industrial training at different levels of their course of study. At the end of 200 level, students undergo SWEP (12 weeks of Student Work Experience Programme). At the end of 300 level, students undergo SIWES I (12 weeks of Student Industrial Work Experience Scheme) and finally at the end of first semester in the 400 level, Students are deployed to industries for a six months of industrial attachment, tagged SIWES II.

 

Content knowledge: Graduates of Mechanical Engineering programme at the University of Jos will demonstrate a working knowledge of discipline-specific material, Mathematics, Engineering sciences, Computer sciences and Natural sciences, as well as the interrelationships among the foregoing subjects, acquired through study, experimentation and problem solving involving analysis, computation and design.

Design Ability: Graduates of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Jos will have the ability to synthesize multiple design solutions to complex engineering problems with specified constraints through the creative integration of fundamental engineering principles and techniques, natural sciences and mathematics.

Professionalism: Our graduates will be professionals and leaders in industries, laboratories, academia and society by employing engineering fundamentals design skills, thinking creativity, communicating effectively, working collaboratively and implementing emerging and innovative technologies.

Our graduates will be professionals and leaders who accept and practice their professional and ethical responsibilities, respect diversity of opinion and culture, and have proper understanding and consideration for healthy and aesthetic environment.

Our graduates will exhibit professional responsibility and sensitivity to a broad range of societal concerns including political and regulatory issues in making decisions. Their decisions will be guided by an understanding of and appreciation for cultural diversity, global interactions, and the needs of the local regional, state, national and world communities.

Self Assessment, Lifelong Learning and Teamwork: Graduates of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Jos will understand the necessity for personal growth, self-reflection and assessment to engage in successful professional practice and development throughout their careers. Constructive participation in commonly encountered multi-disciplinary team-centered environments will require flexibility, effective communication skills, leadership, continuous learning, selfless contributions towards team objectives, and ethical conduct.

1.6 NOMENCLATURE OF DEGREE IN VIEW

The nomenclature of the degree in view shall be Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng) in Mechanical Engineering.

 

 

1.7.1 ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  1. 100 level – JAMB scores as may be approved by Senate and five (5) O’ level credits including English language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and any other science subjects all in not more than two sittings.
  2. 200 level – At least two (2) A’ level passes in Mathematics, Chemistry and physics. ND (Upper Credit) or HND (Lower Credit) in Mechanical Engineering is accepted.

a. UTME

The minimum requirement for admission to the courses leading to B.Eng degree in the Mechanical Engineering department is those for entering into the Faculty of Engineering. Candidates are required to have credits in five subjects at the S.S.C. or WASC level (or at GCE ‘O’ level)-Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, English language and any other science subject.

b. DIRECT ENTRY

Admission to 200 Level is possible for candidates who, in addition to meeting the Faculty of Engineering General Admission Requirements must have good grades at Advanced Level GCE (or equivalent) in Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry or approved equivalent qualification (such as ND upper credit or HND lower credit) in Mechanical Engineering.

1.7.2 DURATION OF PROGRAMME

The minimum duration of Engineering programmes is five (5) years for candidates who enter with Senior Secondary School Certificate or GCE ‘0’ Level qualifications. Candidates with relevant passes in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry at GCE ‘A’ Level or equivalent will spend a minimum of five (5) years provided that they satisfy all the other University requirements.

  1. Procedure: Students shall normally complete registration for courses for the semester not later than two weeks after the start of semester. A student cannot withdraw from a course after a third of it has been given without permission from the head of Departments. A student who withdraws after this time or who fails to sit for the final examination without reasons acceptable to the Faculty Board shall deemed to have failed that course.
  2. Student Academic status: A student’s academic status shall be determined on the bases of his/her performance at the end of the semester examinations. The following categorization shall be used:
  3. Good Standing: To be in good standing a student must in each semester have a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of not less than 1.5

1.7.3 MINIMUM AND MAXIMUM CREDIT LOAD

A student must register at the beginning of every session. A minimum of 12 CU and a maximum of 24 CU per semester at all levels is required for a full time student. A student with CGPA of less than 2.0 cannot register more than 18 CU per semester. A student may drop out of a course, in writing to the Head of Department, without academic penalty before the end of the first five (5) weeks of the semester and the course shall not be recorded on the academic transcript.

 

1.7.4 GRADING SYSTEM

The approved grading scheme under the minimum academic standard is applicable in grading undergraduate degree programmes in the Mechanical Engineering Programme. The grading system is displayed in Table 1 below.

 

 

TABLE 1

(I)

credit unit

(II)

score

(III)

letter grade

(IV)

grade point (GPA)

(V)

grade point average

(VI)

cumulative grade point average (CGPA)

(VII)

class of degree

Vary according to contact hours assigned to each course per week per semester and according to work load carried by student

70-100

A

4

Derived by multiplying I and IV & dividing by total credit units

3.50 - 4.00

1st Class

60-69

B

3

3.00 - 3.49

2nd Class Honours (Upper Division)

50-59

C

2

2.00 - 2.99

2nd Class Honours (Lower Division)

45-49

D

1

1.00 - 1.99

3rd Class Honours

0-44

E

0

< 1

Fail

         

 

 

  1. Grade Point Average (GPA) & Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA)

Students are advised to contact their tutor or examination officer on how GPA and CGPA are calculated.

(i). Probation

It is a status granted to a student whose academic performance as measured by the cumulative grade point average (CGPA) falls below 1.0 at the end of two consecutive semesters.

(ii). Withdrawal

A student who remains on probation for two consecutive sessions and who fails to attain the status of good academic standing at the end of the two years of their study shall be withdrawn from the programme.

1.7.5 TITLE OF DEGREE TO BE GRADED

The title of degree o be graded shall be B. Eng. Mechanical Engineering

1.7.6 GRADUATION REQUIREMENT

(a) Graduation

A student must earn a total of 150 to 190 CU of core and cognate courses, in line with the general university guideline, before he/she may be considered for graduation. The exact value of the total CU shall be determined by the department.

  1. Continuous Assignment

There shall be at least two continuous assessment tests per course per semester, whose aggregate scores shall form 40% of the total marks allowed for the course.

  1. Minimum Pass Mark

There shall be a minimum pass mark of 45% in all courses.

  1. Grade points (GP)

% Grades GP

70 – 100 A 4

60 – 69 B 3

50 – 59 C 2

45 – 49 D 1

0 – 44 E 0

1.7.8 DEGREE CLASSIFICATION

Degree CGPA

First class 3.50 – 4.00

  1. Class (Upper Division) 2.50 – 3.49
  2. Class (Lower Division) 2.00 – 2.99

Third Class 1.00 – 1.99

Fail < 1

 

 

1.8.1 Personnel/staff Distribution

The NUC guidelines on staff/students ratio for Engineering Departments shall apply. With a minimum load of 18 Credit Units (CU) for students and a minimum of six full-time equivalents of staff in each programme, staff shall have a maximum of 15 contact hours per week for lectures, tutorials, practicals and supervision of projects.

However, there should be a minimum of six full-time equivalents of staff on ground in the department. There is need to have a reasonable number of staff with doctoral degrees as well as sufficient industrial experience. It is important to recruit very competent senior technical staff to maintain teaching and research equipment. Except for staff that enters the service, the following criteria are shall apply:

  1. Graduate Assistant: Candidates must have honours degree with at least second class upper or the equivalent.
  2. Assistant Lecturer: Candidate must have Masters Degree or registrable Bachelor’s degree with the Engineering Professional Body within Nigeria (COREN) and internationally, plus at least three years as a Graduate Assistant.
  3. Lecturer II: Candidate should normally have Ph.D. degree or Assistant Lecturer plus at least three years as an Assistant Lecturer or equivalent experience and some potential of research may be considered.
  4. Lecturer I: Candidate should normally have Ph.D. degree with at least one year of teaching or industrial experience plus some publications. A candidate who does not possess a Ph.D., but possesses, a Masters degree with sufficient industrial experience acceptable for COREN/COMEG registration, can also be considered. Such a candidate should also show evidence of research potential. Also, a Lecturer II plus a minimum of three years as Lecturer II or equivalent experience can be considered.
  5. Senior Lecturer: Candidate should normally possess Ph.D. degree and/or research experience and/or industrial experience. Such a candidate should also possess a good number of referred Journal publications. Also, a Lecturer I plus at least three years as Lecturer I can be considered.
  6. Associate Professor/Reader: Candidate should normally possess Ph.D. degree with teaching and research experience. Also, a Senior Lecturer plus three years as Senior Lecturer or equivalent experience can be considered.

In addition to possessing the ability of providing leadership, such a candidate should also have a considerable number of refereed Journal publications which must be assessed externally.

  1. Professor: Candidate should normally possess Ph.D. degree with teaching and research experience. Associate Professors/Readers may be promoted to the rank of Professors after at least three years as Associate Professors/Readers. Such a candidate should possess ability to provide strong academic leadership, in addition to a considerable number of referred Journal publications. Furthermore, the publications of such candidate should be externally assessed. Each Professor in the Faculty of Engineering shall be given a Secretary as this is essential for the efficient performance of his internal and external duties. He must be professionally registered.

1.8.2 EQUIPMENT/FACILITIES REQUIREMENT/AVAILABLE

Space Requirement: The standard for space requirement, as shown below, comply with NUC standard.

 

M2

Professor’s Office

Head of Department’s office

Tutorial Teaching Staff’s Office

Other Teaching Staff Space

Technical Staff Space

Secretarial Space

Science Staff Research Laboratory

Engineering Staff Research Lab.

Seminar Space/Per Students

Drawing Office Space (A.O. Board) (Per Students)

Drawing Office Space (A.I. Board) (Per Student)

Laboratory Space

18.50

18.50

13.50

7.00

7.00

7.00

16.50

14.00

1.85

4.60

3.70

7.50

 

Laboratories and Workshops:

  1. There are number of identifiable laboratories for the discipline. They must meet NUC space requirement and in addition reasonable equipped.
  2. There is at least one large and reasonably equipped central workshop for teaching and research.
  3. Drawing and drafting offices that are well equipped and satisfy the NUC space requirement.

1.13 REGISTRATION GRID

Four (4)– Year Programme

Direct Entry

Core Education Courses

Education Optional Elective

Core Subject Area

Subject Area Electives

GST Courses

Total

Min-Max

200 Level

21

-

16

-

10

47

36-48

300 Level

19

-

28

-

-

47

36-48

400 Level

2

-

28

-

4

34

30-36

500 Level

-

-

43

4

-

47

36-48

Total

42

-

115

4

14

175

144-192

 

Five (5)– Year Programme

Thro UTME

Core Education Courses

Education Optional Electives

Core Subject Area

Subject Area Electives

GST Courses

Total

Min-Max

100 Level

32

-

-

-

10

42

36-48

200 Level

21

-

16

-

4

41

36-48

300 Level

19

-

26

-

-

45

36-48

400 Level

2

-

28

-

-

30

30-36

500 Level

-

-

43

4

-

47

36-48

Total

42

-

103

4

14

205

180-240