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The Department runs a 4-Year Bachelor of Science Degree programme in Mechanical Engineering. The programme is composed of taught courses, seminars, fieldtrips, report writing, laboratory and workshop practices. There is also a major project work supervised by the academic staff making up an overall total of 134 credits. The taught courses are assessed largely through quizzes, class test, homework and an end of semester examination. The aim of the department is to provide a broad-based education and training in Mechanical Engineering Sciences and their applications that will enable graduates to meet the challenges of the engineering profession in Ghana and elsewhere. Graduates of the department will be equipped with the skill to design, manufacture and assemble mechanical components and systems; solve engineering problem by analysis and empirical methods, including application of the computer. Graduates will also be able to install, operate, maintain and service plant/machinery, tools and equipment. They will also prepare and read engineering drawings, prepare and present engineering reports and apply relevant social science principles to manage engineering organizations and maintain cordial human relations.

The department is manned by competent academic staff with specialities in the fields of Thermal and Fluid Engineering, Heat Transfer, Solid Mechanics, Machine Design and Production Engineering. Individual lecturers are heavily involved in research in their respective fields and have publications to this effect. The department currently runs a 3-year training programme for selected mining companies.

Candidates wishing to pursue engineering programme will always find our department the preferred choice. The department has devoted lecturers who are ready to help students on one-on-one basis. Each course runs with a well prepared lecture notes for each student. Library facilities are also available to be accessed. With state of the art laboratories and strong contact with industry that enables industrial attachments and fieldtrips, students are always able to relate the practical with theory for effective understanding for a successful career.
The Department runs a 4-Year Bachelor of Science Degree programme in Mechanical Engineering. The programme is composed of taught courses, seminars, fieldtrips, report writing, laboratory and workshop practices. There is also a major project work supervised by the academic staff making up an overall total of 134 credits. The taught courses are assessed largely through quizzes, class test, homework and an end of semester examination. The aim of the department is to provide a broad-based education and training in Mechanical Engineering Sciences and their applications that will enable graduates to meet the challenges of the engineering profession in Ghana and elsewhere. Graduates of the department will be equipped with the skill to design, manufacture and assemble mechanical components and systems; solve engineering problem by analysis and empirical methods, including application of the computer. Graduates will also be able to install, operate, maintain and service plant/machinery, tools and equipment. They will also prepare and read engineering drawings, prepare and present engineering reports and apply relevant social science principles to manage engineering organizations and maintain cordial human relations.

The department is manned by competent academic staff with specialities in the fields of Thermal and Fluid Engineering, Heat Transfer, Solid Mechanics, Machine Design and Production Engineering. Individual lecturers are heavily involved in research in their respective fields and have publications to this effect. The department currently runs a 3-year training programme for selected mining companies.

Candidates wishing to pursue engineering programme will always find our department the preferred choice. The department has devoted lecturers who are ready to help students on one-on-one basis. Each course runs with a well prepared lecture notes for each student. Library facilities are also available to be accessed. With state of the art laboratories and strong contact with industry that enables industrial attachments and fieldtrips, students are always able to relate the practical with theory for effective understanding for a successful career.

Course Information

 


Mechanical Engineering

Programmes Offered:

Mechanical Engineering BSc


Department Contact Information
Department:
  Mechanical Engineering
Phone Number:
  +233 (0) 362 21139
Postal Address:
  P O Box 237, Tarkwa, Ghana
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Website:
  http://www.umat.edu.gh

Programme Description

The 4-Year Bachelor of Science Degree programme provides a broad-based education and training in Mechanical Engineering Sciences and their applications that will enable graduates to meet the challenges of the engineering profession in Ghana and elsewhere. It is composed of taught courses, seminars, fieldtrips, report writing, laboratory and workshop practices. There is also a major project work supervised by the academic staff making up an overall total of 134 credits. Students are equipped with the skill to design, manufacture and assemble mechanical components and systems; solve engineering problem by analysis and empirical methods, including application of the computer. After the programme, graduates will also be able to install, operate, maintain and service plant/machinery, tools and equipment. They will also prepare and read engineering drawings, prepare and present engineering reports and apply relevant social science principles to manage engineering organizations and maintain cordial human relations.


Programme Admission Requirement BSc
For admission, candidates must have:

1. Passes in THREE CORE SUBJECTS at Senior High School (SHS) LEVEL in English, Mathematics, and Integrated Science AND passes in THREE SCIENCE ELECTIVES in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.
OR
2. Passes in the GCE ORDINARY-LEVEL in English, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics and GCE ADVANCED Level passes in Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics.

WASSCE-SSSCE Conversion

Course Structure

 

YEAR ONE
SEMESTER ONE
Course No. Subject T P C
MC 151
MC 155
MC 157
MC 159
MC 167
MC 169
Applied Electricity
Engineering Drawing I
Communication Skills I
Introduction to Computing
Basic Mechanics
Differentiation and Integration
2
2
2
1
2
2
2
2
1
3
1
2
3
3
2
2
2
3
Totals
11 11 15
 
YEAR ONE
SEMESTER TWO
Course No. Subject T P C
MC 152
MC 156
MC 158
MC 164
MC 166
MC 168
Strength of Materials
Engineering Drawing II
Communication Skills II
Basic Electronics
Linear Algebra
Basic Material Science
2
1
2
2
2
2
1
4
1
2
2
1
2
3
2
3
3
2
Totals
11 11 15
 
YEAR TWO
SEMESTER ONE
Course No. Subject T P C
MC 251
MC 263
MC 265
MC 267
MC 271
MC 273
MC 275
Literature in English I
Mine Machinery
Differential Equations
Thermodynamics
Workshop Technology
Mechanics of Machines I
Element of Mining and Mineral Processing
1
2
2
2
2
2
2
1
1
2
2
1
2
1
1
2
3
3
2
3
2
Totals
13 10 16
 
YEAR TWO
SEMESTER TWO
Course No. Subject T P C
MC 252
MC 260
MC 262
MC 264
MC 270*
MC 272
MC 274
MC 276
Literature in English II
Mathematical Analysis
Computer Applications
Fluid Mechanics
Fieldtrip and Technical Report Writing II
Metallurgy
Machine Design I
Further Strength of Materials
1
2
1
2
0
2
2
2
1
2
3
2
4
1
2
2
1
3
2
3
1
2
3
3
Totals
12 17 18
* Fieldtrips maybe organised in either semester but the results shall be credited only at thesecond semester
YEAR THREE
SEMESTER ONE
Course No. Subject T P C
MC 359
MC 361
MC 363
MC 365
MC 371
MC 373
MC 375
MC 377
Materials Handling
Probability and Statistics
Numerical Analysis
Environmental Management
Hydraulic Machinery
Manufacturing Technology
Machine Design II
Mechanics of Machines II
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
1
1
2
2
1
2
1
3
2
2
3
3
2
3
2
Totals
16 12 20
 
YEAR THREE
SEMESTER TWO
Course No. Subject T P C
MC 352
MC 356*
MC 358
MC 372
MC 374
MC 376
MC 378
Public Relations
Fieldtrip & Technical Report Writing II
Heat Transfer
Workshop Practice
Machine Design III
Electrical Machines
Internal Combustion Engines
2
1
2
2
2
2
2
0
4
2
4
2
2
2
2
1
3
3
3
3
3
Totals
13 14 16
* Fieldtrips maybe organised in either semester but the results shall be credited only at thesecond semester
YEAR FOUR
SEMESTER ONE
Course No. Subject T P C
MC 451
MC 457
MC 459
MC 461
MC 471
MC 473

Economic development and Planning
Law of Contract and Tort
Operations Research
Principles of Economics
Refrigeration and air-conditioning
Machine Design IV

2
2
2
2
2
1
1
0
2
0
2
4
2
2
3
2
3
3
Totals
11 9 15
 
YEAR FOUR
SEMESTER TWO
Course No. Subject T P C
MC 450
MC 452
MC 454
MC 460
MC 462
MC 472
Project Work
Colloquium/Seminar
Business Entrepreneurship
Instrumentation and Control
Industrial and Maintenance Engineering
Fluid Machinery
0
1
2
2
2
2
12
4
0
2
2
2
4
2
2
3
3
3
Totals
9 22 17
 

 

Detailed Course Structure

 

COURSE OUTLINE FOR
B.Sc DEGREE PROGRAMME IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

YEAR ONE SEMESTER ONE

MC 151 Applied Electricity (2, 2, 3)
Circuit laws. Circuit theorems. Electrostatics. Electromagnetics. Magnetic circuits. Inductance. Alternating voltage and current. Signal waveforms. Introduction to transformers, DC Machines, Induction Machines and Synchronous Machines.

MC 155 Engineering Drawing I (2, 2, 3)
Lettering with inclined and vertical strokes. Word spacing and compositions. Construction of lines, angles, regular polygons and general loci. First and third angle orthogonal projections. Dimensioning, limits, fits and tolerance.

MC 157 Communication Skills I (2, 1, 2)
Tools, methods and systems of communication. Pre-writing and writing skills. Reading skills, conventions and usages. Coordination and parallelism. Ambiguity.

MC 159 Introduction to Computing (1, 3, 2)
Introduction to PCs. Windows operating system. Internet usage. Word Processing using MS Word. Spreadsheet using MS Excel. Programming using Visual Basic Applications (VBA).

MC 167 Basic Mechanics (2, 1, 2)
Introductory concepts of engineering mechanics involving basic principles in statics and dynamics with simple applications. Simple machines and conservation laws. Trusses

MC 169 Differentiation and Integration I (2, 2, 3)
Vectors. Complex Algebra. De Moivre’s theorem and its applications. Differentiation. Rolle’s theorem. Mean Value Theorem. Logarithmic differentiation. Parametric differentiation. Repeated differentiation. Leibnitz’s formula for repeated differentiation of product. Indeterminate Forms. Sequences and Series.

YEAR ONE SEMESTER TWO

MC 152 Strength of Materials (2, 1, 2)
Mechanical Properties of Materials, Simple Stresses, Temperature stresses, Shear Stresses, Torsional Shear Stresses, Beams; Shear Force and Bending Moments, Bending Stress in Beams. Complex Stresses: Two dimensional Stress, Mohr’s stress circle.

MC 156 Engineering Drawing II (1, 4, 3)
Using CAD Software to do the following: Sectional views and standard conventions of sectional views. Curves of intersection of various planes and solids. Development of various solids like cylinders and spheres. Assembly drawings from both exploded views and working drawing views.

MC 158 Communication Skills II (2, 1, 2)
Supporting and developing sentences. Forms of discourse. Induction and deductive reasoning, registers and editing. The use of footnotes, references, newspapers and journals. Plagiarism.

MC 164 Basic Electronics (2, 2, 3)
Atomic structure, bipolar (junction) transistors. The junction diode, small signal amplifiers, rectification.

MC 166 Linear Algebra (2, 2, 3)
Linear Algebra. Determinants. Systems of linear equations. Eigenvalues and eigenvectors Techniques of integration. Integration by parts. Reduction formulae Improper Integrals. Functions of several variables. Partial differentiation. Total derivatives. Maxima and minima. Largrange multipliers, Gradient, Divergence and Curl of vectors.

MC 168 Basic Material Science (2, 1, 2)
Materials and properties. Bonding and atomic structure. The crystalline state. Structural disorder. Phase equilibra. Shaping of materials. Iron and steel. Brief treatment of non-ferrous metals, thermoplastics, thermosetting of materials and ceramics. Behaviour of materials in service.

YEAR TWO SEMESTER ONE

MC 251 Literature in English I (1, 1, 1)
Introduction to literary terms and devices. Specific texts: prose, drama, poetry. Vocabulary and language use. Literature as a reflection of contemporary way of life or society(the text as mirrors) Literature and morality (the text as examples) Literature as a form of entertainment. African Writers Series.

MC 263 Mine Machinery (2, 1, 2)
General description and classification of mine machinery. Drilling machines and accessories. Tunneling and boring machines. Hoist and hoisting systems including duty cycle. Compressors.

MC 265 Differential Equations (2, 2, 3)
Ordinary differential equations. First Order equations. Second Order equations with constant coefficients. Laplace Transforms and their application to solution of ordinary differential equations. Series solution of Ordinary Differential equations. Legendre Polynomials.

MC 267 Thermodynamics (2, 2, 3)
Fundamental concepts. Zeroth, first and second laws of thermodynamics. Application to simple compressible substances. Introduction to gas power cycles.Vapour power cycles and introduction to steam plant. Reciprocating expanders and compressors. Theory of mixtures. Introduction to reciprocating IC engines.

MC 271 Workshop Technology (2, 1, 2)
Basic manufacturing processes. Metrology. Properties and uses of ferrous and non-ferrous metals. Alloys and plastics. Foundry practice. Welding, hot and cold working.

MC 273 Mechanics of Machines I (2, 2, 3)
Introduction to standard mechanism, including cams, links, gears, etc. Graphical and analytical treatments of the kinematics of common link mechanisms. Vehicle motion, brakes, clutches, epicycle and gearing. Elementary vibrations and analogues.

MC 275 Elements of Mining and Mineral Processing (2, 1, 2)
Stoping methods and support systems. Equipment selection. Selective mining. Layout of stoping methods. Classification of excavation, loading and hauling methods and equipment. Types of open pit working faces and cuts. Determination of productivity and output of excavation, loading and hauling equipment. Introduction to land reclamation. Comminution, Screening and classification. Gravity concentration and flotation.

YEAR TWO SEMESTER TWO

MC 252 Literature in English II (1, 1, 1)
Reading and appreciation. Literary terms. Specific texts: prose, drama, poetry, Vocabulary and language use. Literature as a reflection of contemporary way of life or society (the text as mirrors). Literature and morality (the text as examples). Literature as a form of entertainment. Shakespearean and modern classics.

MC 260 Mathematical Analysis (2, 2, 3)
Convergence of series; Power series, Taylor’s and Maclaurim’s series. Fourier series and Integrals. Multiple Integrals. Double and triple integrals. Line, surface and volume integrals. Green’s theorem. Gamma and Beta functions. Partial differential equations. The Wave Equation. The Heat Conduction Equation and the Laplace’s Equation. Solutions by separation of variables.

MC 262 Computer Applications (1, 3, 2)
Application of AUTOCAD software to the solution of design problems from Machine Design I, II and III. Application of FORTRAN/PASCAL to the solution of graded problems from simple machine elements to more complicated machine systems.

MC 264 Fluid Mechanics (2, 2, 3)
Properties of fluids: statics and kinematics of fluids. Euler’s equation, Bernoulli’s equation and applications. Dynamics of fluid flow. Turbulent and laminar flow. Flow in pipes. Friction and other losses. Open channel flow. Navier-Stokes Equation: Simple solutions. Dimensionless analysis.

MC 270 Fieldtrip and Technical Report Writing I (0, 4, 1)
Field trips to areas of interest. Students will be expected to present reports upon which they will be assessed for their credits.

MC 272 Metallurgy (2, 1, 2)
Practical study of selected materials. Heat treatment of steel and cast irons. Surface hardening methods. Alloy steels. Corrosion and corrosion controls.

MC 274 Machine Design I (2, 2, 3)
Basic principles of design. Approach to design problems. Requirements of good design. Formulation of design criteria for design problems. Engineering materials and their relevant properties. Fabrication methods. Stress calculations in design. Static and fatigue stresses. Stress concentration. Notch effect. The use of theories of failure. Safety factor approach to design. Determination of the sizes of machine parts. Graded problems with calculations.

MC 276 Further Strength of Materials (2, 2, 3)
Composite beams and beam deflection. Plastic bending and thick cylinder. Struts. Theories of failure. Shear stress in beams.

YEAR THREE SEMESTER ONE

MC 359 Materials Handling (2, 2, 3)
General introduction to materials handling. Haulage systems including belt conveyors, truck haulage and rail haulage. Excavators and loaders including shovels, FEL, LHD, tractor scrapers, slushers/scrapers, BWE/BCE, draglines and dozers

MC 361 Probability and Statistics (2, 1, 2)
Introduction to probability. Random variables and functions of random variables. Regression analysis and correlation. Methods of estimation. Confidence intervals. Test of hypothesis. Principles of Reliability.

MC 363 Numerical Analysis (2, 1, 2)
Error analysis. Interpolation. Newton-Raphson and Bernoulli-Aitken methods. Iterative methods of solving systems of linear equations. Numerical solutions of ordinary and partial differential equations.

MC 365 Environmental Management (2, 2, 3)
Mine atmosphere. Air parameters. Mine gases. Mine dust. Atmospheric air. Air pollution. Heat in mines. Mine climate. Thermal stress environment. Thermal indices. Mine fires. Water quality and water pollution. Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). Use of Instruments for measuring Air, Gases, Dust and Thermal Index.

MC 371 Hydraulic Machinery (2, 2, 3)
Theory of hydraulic machinery; turbines and pumps. Systems, design and performance characteristics. Introduction to unsteady flow. Introduction to hydraulic power transmissions

MC 373 Manufacturing Technology (2, 1, 2)
Machine Tools: Elements, structure and feed movement. Methods of handling and controlling work pieces. CNC Cutting tools. Lathe machine. Drilling/boring machines. Milling machines. Shapes and planners. Tool design.

MC 375 Machine Design II (2, 2, 3)
Design of bolted joints. Types of joints and their application: brazing, bonding, riveting and welding. Design of power screws. Design of springs. Application of springs and spring materials. Design of hub-shift joints, shafting and shafts and axles. Fatigue, strength, rigidity and critical speeds of shafts. Design of bearing. Application, plastic selection, installation and lubricating of bearings. Bearing materials.

MC 377 Mechanics of Machines II (2, 1, 2)
Vector treatment of laws of dynamics in cartesian and other co-ordinates. Lagrange’s and Euler’s dynamics equations. Gyroscopes. Governors. Harder cases of kinematics. Kinetics. Vehicles dynamics.

YEAR THREE SEMESTER TWO

MC 352 Public Relations (2, 1, 2)
Meaning, nature and scope of Public Relations (PR) as exhibited by its definition and distinction from other forms of communication. Planning PR programmes. The role PR plays in organisations and as to whether to set up a PR department or depend on the services of a PR consultant. Media and Press Relations. Case studies.

MC 356 Fieldtrip and Technical Report Writing II (0, 4, 1)
Fieldtrip to areas of interest. Students will be expected to present reports upon which they will be assessed for their credits.

MC 358 Heat Transfer (2, 2, 3)
Conduction; steady and unsteady state. Convection; laminar and turbulent flow over plate and in tubes. Radiation; ideal and non ideal bodies, gases. Introduction to mass transfer.

MC 372 Workshop Practice (1, 4, 2)
Extensive practicals on topics treated in MC 271 and MC 373. Servicing and repair of machinery such as pumps, engines and vehicles.

MC 374 Machine Design III (2, 2, 3)
Advanced treatment of gears and gearing: involute gears, helical gears, bevel gears and worm gears. Gears failure and lubrication. Design of hydrostatic torque transmission systems. Performance and selection of hydrodynamic couplings and torque convertors. Design of machine for production. Computer Aided Design (CAD), Product development.

MC 376 Electrical Machines (2, 2, 3)
DC & AC winders. Speed control of Winders. Electrical braking system. Safety circuit and protective devices. Conveyor systems. Mine communication. 3-phase AC theory. Transformers. DC Machines. Induction (AC) machines. Synchronous (DC) machines. Tariffs.

MC 378 Internal Combustion Engines (2, 2, 3)
Fuels and combustion. Air standard cycles. SI and CI engine characteristics. Criteria of performance. Gas turbines and their application.

YEAR FOUR SEMESTER ONE

MC 451 Economic development and Planning (2, 2, 3)
Theory and concepts of development. Foreign aid, grants and investment. Techniques of economic development planning. Third world and economic development planning with particular emphasis to Ghana.

MC 457 Law of Contract and Tort (2, 0, 2)
Law and legal system, Contract and conditions for valid contracts. Contracts and business organisations. Abrogation of contracts.

MC 459 Operations Research (2, 2, 3)
Application of the following operations research techniques in solving relevant problems: Linear and integer programming. Assignment and transportation problems. Decision analysis. Project scheduling methods: CPM, PERT. Simulation techniques. Application of appropriate computer software.

MC 461 Principles of Economics (2, 0, 2)
Introduction to microeconomics. Demand and supply and price theory. Elasticities. Economies of scale. Optimal input combinations and cost functions. Perfect competition, monopoly, imperfect competition (monopolistic competition, oligopoly, cartel, etc). business organization and securities. Introduction to macroeconomics. Functions of government. Measurement of national output and income. Money and banking. Unemployment and inflation.

MC 471 Refrigeration and Air conditioning 2,2, 3)
Reverse carnot cycle. Fundamentals of vapour compression refrigeration. Application to air conditioning and food storage. Refrigeration and air-conditioning systems component, Absorption refrigeration.

MC 473 Machine Design IV (1, 4, 3)
Practical design problems covering topics treated in the course of machine Design I, II and III. Tackling of comprehensive design projects. Exercises in the design and development of Mine Machinery Application of CAD to the design of Mine Machinery.

YEAR FOUR SEMESTER TWO

MC 450 Project Work (0, 12, 4)
Selected Project Work under the supervision of an academic Senior Member.

MR 452 Colloquium/Seminar (1, 4, 2)
Student will prepare a paper on a selected topic and present it in seminar under supervision.

MC 454 Business Entrepreneurship (2, 0, 2)
Forms of Business organization. Management of business enterprises. Budget preparation process. Management of working capital. Investment in assets.

MC 460 Instrumentation and Control (2, 2, 3)
General Introduction to the science of measurement. Introduction to strain gauges. Advanced strain gauge system. General discussion on open and closed loops. Translation elements and block diagrams. Types of systems response. The theory and practice of control technology. General comments on other types of controllers.

MC 462 Industrial and Maintenance Engineering (2, 2, 3)
Method and time study. Productivity improvement and total quality management.
Computer in quality control. Fundamental concepts. Types of maintenance programmes. facilities and supporting services. Practical: Servicing and repair of pumps, instruments and equipment, valves, engines, vehicles and steam plant components.

MC 472 Fluid Machinery (2, 2, 3)
Gas turbines and compressors. Impulse and reaction machines. Blade theory and velocity triangles. Turbine and compressor design and characteristics. Fans and pumps.