Syllabus for ME 495 — Directed Study, Research Project

Fall 2015

Course description

This course is research-based course that engages students in a faculty research project. The research project on which the students will be working is an information architecture and computing project. Students will learn the structural and computational aspects of the project.

General information

Rico Picone, PhD
Instructor Email
rpicone (at) stmartin (dot) edu
Office Hours
MWF 10 am–11 am, Cebula 103C
Office Hours
MW 1 pm–2 pm, Cebula 103C
Harned 110
ME 495 Website


Class resources will be posted here throughout the semester.


Total grades in the course will be determined by the instructor based on the quality of student work.

Academic integrity policy

Cheating or plagiarism of any kind is not tolerated and will result in a failing grade (“F”) in the course. I take this very seriously. Engineering is an academic and professional discipline that requires integrity. I expect students to consider their integrity of conduct to be their highest consideration with regard to the course material.

Correlation of course & program outcomes

In keeping with the standards of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, each course is evaluated in terms of its desired outcomes and how these support the desired program outcomes. The following sections document the evaluation of this course.

Desired course outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the following course outcomes are desired:
  1. students will be engaged in engineering research;
  2. students will be motivated to continuing engineering research;
  3. students will have an expanded perspective of the engineering field; and
  4. students will have developed skills in engineering design and research;

Desired program outcomes

The desired program outcomes are that mechanical engineering graduates have:
  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;
  3. an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs;
  4. an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams;
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
  7. an ability to communicate effectively;
  8. the broad education necessary to understanding the impact of engineering solutions in a global and social context;
  9. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning;
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues; and
  11. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

Correlation of outcomes

The following table correlates the desired course outcomes with the desired program outcomes they support.
desired program outcomes
desired course outcomes 1