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Course : Computer Aided Engineering

Course Number
MENG 3243
Section Number
Spring 2022
McCoy Engineering Hall, MY 207
Days & Times
Final Exam Day/Time
Monday, May 02, 2022 8:00 am - 10:00 am

 Course Learning Objectives

Make use of Matlab basic commands and editor tools

Master Matlab Annotation tools and plot editing functions

Master matrix manipulation with Matlab software

Master Matlab differential equation solving tools – numerical analysis

Make use of Matlab Fast Fourier Transform in vibration analysis

Master Matlab symbolic language

Apply SolidWorks for Solid Modeling

Understand the concept of Finite Element Analysis and stress-strain computation

Investigate Von Mises stress distribution using SolidWorks Simulation Software

Master the basic loop functions using LabVIEW software

Performing lab experiments using programming software

Write formal and informal engineering reports

Work as part of a team



MENG 1202 Solid Modeling, MENG 2223 Mechanics of Solids, MENG 3104 Fluid Mechanics.


Basic computer skills, MS Excel, hand calculator.


Engineering Analysis with SolidWorks Simulation 2021, Paul M. Kurowski, SDC Publications.


MATLAB PROGRAMMING with Applications for Engineers, Stephen J. Chapman, First Edition, CENGAGE Learning. (Recommended)

• Lecture Format

The computer aided engineering class consists of a two 50-minutes sessions per week and two lab hours. The two hours class will be spent mostly explaining and discussing concepts, and solving relevant programming and numerical computer based problems. The other two class hours will be dedicated to a computer based lab, result analysis, and lab reports. Lectures will not be used to communicate the entire textbook course content and thus, students will have to study a set of course paragraphs specified by the instructor on their own to further their understanding. Student participation in class discussions is highly recommended and rewarded in the attitude grade.

• Exams

There will be two regular exams plus a final one at the end of the semester. Each exam will have a set of textbook theoretical questions designed to test the students’ ability to acquire a self-reading knowledge of the taught materials. The exam has also a set of practical questions designed to test the students’ ability to think, analyze, and solve engineering problems. Each exam is based on the course materials developed before the first exam or between two consecutive exams. All exams will be in-class exams. Solutions for the exam should be written on the front side of the engineering paper or the blank sheets, not the backside. Exam solutions should be organized with the appropriate questions numbering, and neatly written. You are expected to take the exam on the scheduled date and time it is given. If for an exceptional or unforeseen reason, a student misses an exam, he will be asked to provide a valid and convincing proof on why he missed it. If the instructor accepts the proof and depending on his availability, the instructor will write a make-up exam that will be administered on an agreed date with the student. The make-up exam testing materials could be very different from the regular exam. During the exam, it is strictly forbidden to use cell phones or other electronic devices with the exception of a simple hand-calculator. All cell phones and other electronic devices will be collected at the beginning of the exam and restituted at the end of it.

• Homework & Quizzes

Homework will be posted on D2L from a set of chosen chapters by the instructor. The students are required to upload the homework to a D2L Dropbox in a single file PDF format; no other format will be accepted.

• Solutions of the homework should be either, neatly hand written or typed on MS Word, then saved as a PDF file.

• Solutions should be uploaded to a Dropbox according to the D2L posted homework format with the appropriate cover page, organized with the proper questions numbering, and neatly written. 

Homework have to be turned-in on the due date specified on the homework questions sheet. The maximum grade for the homework is 100%, if submitted on the due date. Late homework will be accepted until the end of the semester and graded with a maximum grade of 60%. 

Random take-home quizzes will be given during class to encourage the students to study the course materials outside class by themselves. Often students will be asked to use a software programs to solve the quiz. A quiz grade weights as same as a homework grade. Quizzes should be uploaded to a D2L Dropbox according to the posted D2L quiz template format.

Each student is responsible for submitting his own individual personal homework or quiz, written in his own words. No dual or group homework copy is accepted unless specified by the instructor.

• Lab Reports

The students are required to upload the lab report to a D2L Dropbox in PDF format. The lab report should be written using the posted lab template. Lab reports should be organized with the appropriate questions numbering, and neatly written. Lab reports have to be turned-in on the due date specified on the lab questions sheet. The maximum grade for the lab report if submitted on the due date is 100%. Late lab reports will be accepted until the end of the semester and graded with a maximum grade of 60%. Each group of students is responsible for submitting a group lab report, written by all members of the group. A student cannot add his name to a student lab report if absent during the lab. Lab reports are graded according to the content listed in the below table. Students are encouraged to finish their lab report and submit it during the lab session if possible.

• Course Grade

The final grade for the course will be based on the scores earned in the three mandatory exams, the average score earned in the homework/quizzes, the average score earned in lab reports, and the general attitude grade. The first exam contributes 15%, the second exam contributes 20%, the third exam contributes 30%, homework/quizzes average contribute 10%, lab reports average contributes 15%, attitude 10% for a total of 100%. The overall average score (X) for the course is determined as follows:

X = 0.15 x (exam1 score) + 0.20 x (exam 2 score) + 0.30 x (exam 3 score) + 0.10 x (homework & quizzes average scores) + 0.15 x (lab report average scores) + 0.10 x (general attitude).

• Attendance

Each unjustified absence will decrease the attitude capital points of 100 by 3 points for each absence. Arriving late to the lab or quitting the lab session without the instructor authorization will affect your attitude grade as well.

 See above first paragraph.

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