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  • Brigham Young University – Idaho

    Department of Mechanical Engineering

    Department Handbook

    Updated: 3-22-17

  • Table of Contents

    1. Mission & Strategic Plan .......................................................................................................................... 3

    1.1 Program Educational Objectives ........................................................................................................ 3

    1.2 Student Outcomes ............................................................................................................................. 3

    1.3 Strategic Plan ..................................................................................................................................... 4

    2. Department Policies & Procedures .......................................................................................................... 5

    2.1 Students .............................................................................................................................................. 5

    2.1.1 Student Advising .......................................................................................................................... 5

    2.1.2 Student Professional Development Plans .................................................................................... 6

    2.1.3 Student Employees ...................................................................................................................... 6

    2.2 Shop Policies ....................................................................................................................................... 7

    2.2.1 Manufacturing Shop Policies ....................................................................................................... 7

    2.2.2 Welding Shop Policies .................................................................................................................. 7

    2.2.3 Purchasing Materials & 3D Printing ............................................................................................. 7

    3. Curriculum ................................................................................................................................................ 7

    3.1 Course Information ............................................................................................................................. 7

    3.2 Curriculum Exceptions ........................................................................................................................ 8

    4. Assessment .............................................................................................................................................. 8

    4.1 Competency Exam .............................................................................................................................. 8

    4.2 Program Outcomes Assessment ......................................................................................................... 9

    Appendix A – Course Information ............................................................................................................... 10

    Appendix B – Exceptions Form ................................................................................................................... 12

    Appendix C – ME Competency Exam FAQ’s ................................................................................................ 13

  • 1. Mission & Strategic Plan

    The Department of Mechanical Engineering at BYU-Idaho has established goals for student achievement

    as well as a strategic plan for how best to achieve those goals.

    1.1 Program Educational Objectives The program educational objectives reflect the skills and attributes that graduates from the mechanical

    and civil engineering programs should possess three to five years after graduation. These long-term

    objectives include the following:

    1. [Service] Demonstrate and maintain faith in God, and exhibit high standards of personal

    integrity and professional ethics through lifelong service to family, church, profession, and

    community.

    2. [Leadership] Provide leadership in their chosen field of endeavor through the application of

    effective interpersonal, communication, and teamwork skills.

    3. [Design] Apply fundamental principles of design and analysis to develop innovative solutions

    in an industrial and societal context.

    4. [Lifelong Learning] Maintain currency in their field through continued learning and education.

    1.2 Student Outcomes To achieve the educational objectives listed above, the following specific student outcomes have been

    established. These outcomes reflect the skills and attributes that graduates from the mechanical and

    civil engineering programs should possess at the time of graduation. The student outcomes include the

    following:

    1. [Fundamentals] Apply knowledge of fundamental math, science, and engineering principles.

    2. [Experiments] Design and conduct experiments and analyze the resulting data.

    3. [Engineering Design] Design components, systems, or processes necessary to meet product

    specifications and design constraints.

    4. [Teamwork] Function well within a multidisciplinary team.

    5. [Model & Solve] Identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.

    6. [Ethics] Maintain high ethical, moral, and professional standards.

    7. [Communication] Communicate effectively in both oral and written format.

    8. [Global Impact] Understand the impact engineering has on the world.

    9. [Continued Learning] Recognize the need for, and engage in life-long learning.

    10. [Contemporary Issues] Understand contemporary issues.

    11. [Engineering Tools] Use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for

    engineering practice.

  • 1.3 Strategic Plan In order to achieve the educational objectives and student outcomes listed above, as well as support the

    mission and key initiatives of the university, the department has developed a strategic plan. The

    strategic plan includes focused goals, key indicators of those goals, actions that will lead to achievement

    of the goals, and lead measures1 of how well the actions are being implemented. The strategic plan for

    the department is as follows:

    1. [Testimony] Enhance the testimonies of our students

     Key Indicator: Percentage of students who have daily prayer and scripture study.

     Action: Emphasize in classes the importance of gospel principles and practices, including daily prayer and scripture study.

     Lead Measure: Percentage of classes in which gospel principles and practices are emphasized

    2. [Quality] Increase the quality of education our students receive

     Key Indicator: Student performance on common key assessments that are mapped to specific learning outcomes

     Action 1: Develop common key assessments that are mapped to each of the student learning outcomes

     Lead Measure 1: Number of student learning outcomes for which there are common key assessments

     Action 2: Develop interventions for student outcomes that show low student performance

     Lead Measure 2: Number of interventions or corrective actions that have been implemented

    3. [Number of Students] Increase the number of students who are benefitted by a technical education by improving student retention and increasing online offerings

     Key Indicator 1: Student retention and graduation rates

     Action 1: Improve the student advising process to include more interactions with faculty advisors

     Lead Measure 1: Number of students who receive quality advising from a faculty mentor

     Key Indicator 2: Number of student credit hours delivered online

     Action 2: Develop online courses

     Lead Measure 2: Number of online courses being offered 4. [Employment / Grad School] Improve student success in receiving employment offers or

    being accepted to graduate school by the time they graduate

     Key Indicator: Percentage of students who have employment or graduate school offers at graduation

     Action: Improve the number and quality of career preparation activities that students complete

     Measure: Number of students who complete specified career preparation activities 5. [Efficiency & Sustainability] Offer our educational programs in a manner that is

    operationally efficient and sustainable

     Key Indicator 1: Average class sizes

    1 The term lead measure is introduced in The 4 Disciplines of Execution by Sean Covey, Chris McChesney, and Jim Huling.

  •  Action 1: Work with curriculum and faculty resources to maintain an average class size of approximately 35 students

     Key Indicator 2: Average number of professional development hours taken each year by department faculty

     Action 2: Work with curriculum and faculty resources to provide an average of 6 professional development hours each year

    2. Department Policies & Procedures Policies and procedures that apply specifically to the Department of Mechanical Engineering are outlined below.

    2.1 Students

    2.1.1 Student Advising