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This document describes the Mechanical Engineering Module of the project-based freshman engineering pilot course known as Fundamentals of Engineering (FE). The course, has been modeled on another Freshman course called Fundamental of Engineering Design (FED). Both courses were to run concurrently. The differences between the two courses are described, as well as the main structure of the pilot course. The two case-study projects, which constitute the Mechanical Engineering Module of the course curriculum, are the “Lawn Sprinkler” and “3.5" Floppy Disk Drive”. In this course, the freshman engineering student is introduced to many aspects of engineering as an entire unit working together, emphasizing the concept of teamwork in engineering research projects. Students are introduced to many computer aided design tools available at NJIT which can be used not only to build models of the product to be manufactured but also for diagnostic analysis in order to solve potential manufacturing problems. The student is also introduced to the concept of communication among team members and the concept of technical report writing and oral presentation. The grading and course evaluation schemes are also discussed. A few samples of the course materials such as homework assignments and students graphics are reproduced.
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