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Full-time (F/T)

Minimum number of academic years

Four Years

Normal contact hours per year

670 to 735 hrs

Part-time (P/T) (tick if appropriate)

Minimum number of academic years

Maximum number of academic years

Minimum contact hours per year

Sandwich (S) (tick if appropriate)

Minimum number of years

Type of Sandwich (state Thick/Thin)

State the year(s) in which industrial experience takes place

A.3.4.1(c) Franchise Arrangements

Not Applicable

A.3.4.1(d) From which Professional Institution(s) is accreditation being sought?

Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka

A.3.4.2 Philosophy, Aims and Objectives – BScEng

"The mission of the Faculty is to acquire, promote, develop and disseminate knowledge of engineering sciences and its application to improve the quality of life and, in particular, to equip present and future generations with skills and attitudes to attain competence as professional engineers, and to interact with industry and community for sustainable development of humankind".

The course in Mechanical Engineering is designed to equip students with a thorough grounding of mathematics, engineering science, and technology, with a good understanding of the basic principles of core subjects in Mechanical Engineering, embracing theory, analysis, and design.

A good grasp of the fundamentals of all branches of engineering, computing and software-based applications, communication skills, and complementary studies including economics, management, basic accounting, law, environmental issues, and industrial training in an engineering practice environment, is ensured.

The BScEng graduate specialising in Mechanical Engineering is thus expected to:

  • have a sound understanding of theory, laboratory practice and design and be able to apply this knowledge to the practice of engineering;

  • be capable of using appropriate engineering methods and tools including IT;

  • be capable of carrying out tasks confidently as an individual and as a member of a team in multidisciplinary environments;

  • be able to effectively communicate technical information orally, in the form of drawings and reports, and by state-of-the art audio-visual techniques;

  • be critically aware of the impact of engineering activity on the social, industrial and physical environment in Sri Lanka and elsewhere;

  • be able to engage in independent learning and to keep abreast of up-to-date tools and techniques;

  • be able to act professionally and ethically and take responsibility within the limits of competence; and

  • be able to integrate the knowledge and understanding of mathematics, science, computer based methods, design, the economic, social and environmental context, and engineering practice, to solve engineering problems of a complex nature.

The first two semesters of the BScEng degree programme, constituting the Qualifying Course in Engineering (QC), provide a core of the fundamentals of the engineering science, and is common to all engineering disciplines. Key modules, such as mathematics, computing, mechanics, thermodynamics, electricity, engineering materials, along with the practical aspects of engineering measurements, engineering drawing, workshop technology and communication in English are offered under this course. Laboratory assignments, fieldwork, drawing office work and workshop practice form a part of the QC and are continuously assessed. It is mandatory to successfully complete this QC for progression to the Final Course in Engineering (FC), which spans the next six semesters (Semesters 3 to 8).

In the final course theory and practice are developed further, using lectures, exercises, seminars, experimental work, design work and project work to give a better understanding of complex engineering systems. Mechanics of Machines and Materials, Thermodynamics, Material science, Fluid Dynamics, Control Engineering and Engineering Mathematics are taught as core course units in the programme. Laboratory work consisting of practical and experimental studies and design work, relating to the main engineering subjects are undertaken in small groups.

In the 3rd and 4th semesters the course units introduce the essential knowledge that mechanical engineers must possess to allow them to carry out their work. Students are introduced to material science and its mechanics, fluid mechanics, mechanics of machines, tribology, applied thermodynamics, machine design and machine drawing, all of which appear later in the course under different titles. Mathematics and electrical engineering are taught during both semesters. 

The course units in the 5th and the 6th semesters are mainly a furtherance of the basic material followed in the 3rd and 4th semesters, such as material science and its mechanics, applied thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, mechanics of machines (vibrations) and machine design. In addition, the students are introduced to control systems and advanced topics of production engineering. These two semesters contain information and techniques required in every day use by practising mechanical engineers. Students learn to analyse and design on individual design assignments as well as group assignments. Their communication skills are also further developed at this stage by means of reports, machine drawings and especially presentations.

In addition to the mandatory courses, the students are exposed to electives, both Technical and General, during these semesters. The technical electives enable the students to choose an area of specialization from ‘Materials & Machines’, ‘Control & Automation’ and ‘Power & Energy’. Furthermore, with the General Electives, they are being exposed to Management & Finance, Arts & Humanities and Social & Political Sciences.

In the 6th, 7th and 8th semesters students are exposed to design and research problems on realistic mechanical engineering projects. Such project activities provide a deeper understanding of a subject area meeting analytical, research or design interests of the individuals. The 6th semester project is an independent project that promotes the understanding of the basic aspects of project work. By the time they enter semesters 7 and 8, they are given the opportunity to demonstrate their creative abilities in a group project where team work also becomes an important aspect for the success of the project.

In addition to the mandatory core course units specified by the department, students are given the option to earn about 25% - 30% of the final course credits required for graduation via technical and non-technical (general) elective course units. A wide range of electives are available for students to broaden their outlook. Technical elective course units, offered from all the Departments in the Faculty, allow study to a greater depth in specialised areas of interest of the individual while general electives enable the students to gain a broader perspective of their role as professionals.

The teaching and evaluations at the faculty are conducted in English. The department ensures effective implementation of the course unit system by having a continuous assessment based system where the students could carry forward their marks from tutorials, assignments and course work towards the final mark for the respective course unit. Assessment is by a combination of continuous assessment of assignments, presentations, coursework, project work, and examinations held at mid-semester and at the end of the semester. Typically a course unit has a balance of about 80% for examination and 20% for continuous assessment.

The degree programme covers all the main engineering topics related to mechanical engineering, whilst giving adequate exposure into other branches of engineering that supplement it, and equips the students with essential skills to practise as a professional engineer.

A.3.4.3 Programme Structure

Appendix A 3.4.3

A.3.4.4 Foundation Year / Access Year / Year 0:

Foundation Course (if appropriate)

The students enrolled for the BScEng degree programme possess good grades in Physics, Chemistry and Combined Mathematics at GCE (AL) examination and as such no foundation course is provided on these subject matter. However, an Intensive English Language Course of 12 weeks duration and an Information Technology Course of 6 weeks duration are conducted.

a) English Language Course

Most students receive their school education in their mother tongue with English as a second language. Thus, a 12-week intensive teaching programme in English is provided by the English Language Teaching Unit of the University to all students admitted to the Faculty to bring up their language skills to a level that will enable them to follow lectures, write reports, carry out written and oral instructions, and respond orally and in writing, in English.

b) Information Technology Course

Though basic IT skills such as word processing, spread sheets, presentation and data base management are covered under the syllabi of the GCE(Advanced Level), the IT skills of the entrants vary probably due to the time limitations during their preparations to GCE(A/L) examinations and resource limitations in their schools. In order to bring the IT skills of the entrants to follow the undergraduate courses effectively, the Computer Centre of the Faculty of Engineering conducts a 6-week intensive IT Programme in parallel with the Intensive English Language Programme. The contents of this interactive course include Introduction to IT, Managing Files with Windows Explorer, Word processing using MSWord, Spreadsheets and Presentations with MSPowerPoint.

A.3.5 Programme Content

A.3.5.1 Curriculum

Appendix 3.5.1

A.3.5.2 Syllabi / Module Descriptors

Appendix A 3.5.2

A.3.5.3 Engineering Applications

Briefly describe the provision for Engineering Applications and how EA1 and EA2 are integrated into the programme. Confirm what practical experience is available and if any franchise agreements are in force. If so, what arrangements have been made to integrate this experience with the rest of the programme.

A.3.5.4(a) Final Year Projects - Major Individual Project

Under the course unit system, it is mandatory for all 6th semester (Third year) mechanical engineering undergraduates to undertake an individual project under the supervision of a member of the academic staff. These projects are designed to test and develop initiative for individual scientific experimentation, investigation and as an introduction to research. The main concept is to train the students to propose, plan and carry out a job of work, using engineering principles and thereby gain confidence in carrying out a task by themselves. The students are exposed to the basic components of a project, such as identifying a task with achievable goals and objectives, determine a methodology to carry out the task, organizing the project and time-management, research, innovation, design, costing, fabrication & testing and presentation of results (both oral & written). The project gives the opportunity for the students to engage in an intellectually challenging investigation and interact closely with the staff. This project is a core module assessed individually and contributes up to 3 credits towards the award of the degree.

Students are encouraged to propose a project of their own. Alternatively, a list of available projects is displayed for students to make their choice. On completion, the student submits a formal report certified by the supervisor. Each individual project is orally presented at a departmental seminar and is assessed by a panel of examiners. Assessment is made on the basis of execution of task (supervisor assesses - 30% weighting), the project (40%), project report (15%) and oral presentation (15%). The last three components are assessed by both the supervisor and two other evaluators. Each student is then assigned a grade which represents the overall project performance; however, the final grade for each student is arrived at after a moderation process by a panel of evaluators.

A student failing this course unit, could still graduate if the failing grade is D or above, provided the student is within the stipulated Cumulative Credit Deficiency (CCD). If the grade obtained is below D, then the student has to repeat with a completely new project in a future semester.

A.3.5.4(b) Comprehensive Design Projects - Group Projects

The Final-year mechanical engineering undergraduates who seek Class Honours are required to undertake a 6-credit group project which spans both the 7th and 8th semesters. From the inception of the course unit system all mechanical engineering undergraduates have offered this course unit. The objective of this project is to enable the students to undertake a substantial project, which could be multi-disciplinary as well as inter-departmental.

In addition to the expected outcomes mentioned under A.3.5.4(a), the students are encouraged to share the responsibilities, develop leadership skills, interpersonal relationship skills and team spirit in this project. The students are encouraged to bring in projects of their own, especially from the industry where they have just completed a 24 week stint of in-plant training. Such projects help to build and strengthen industry-Dept links too. A list of projects given by the Department teaching staff is also available for their selection.

The group size is mostly encouraged to be between 3 to 4 students. The students are expected to obtain guidance from their supervisor and report their progress twice a week. In addition, they are expected to submit reports (4 reports) and conduct presentations to an open audience (3 presentations) at several instances during their project. The assessment is done by the supervisor and two other evaluators. It is done based on their interim progress and the final project outcome. Marks are given on many aspects such as clarity of presentation (13.3%), presentation skill and performance (13.3%), approach and handling questions during discussion (6.6%), organization and structure of the report (6.6%), clarity and readability (6.6%), precision and completeness (6.6%), soundness of reasoning (13.3%), application, creativeness and effort (10%), professional approach (10%), analysis, design and experimental work (13.3%). The report is considered a combined effort.

Individual assessment would be made by the supervisor in his assessment, but apart from this it is only in the presentation component that other evaluators would make an individual assessment. The final grade of the student is arrived after a moderation process by a panel of evaluators. Outstanding projects are presented at research seminars and symposia. Projects conducted by the students have won awards in the recent past.

The mechanical engineering undergraduates also undertake design projects within the design course units, ME209 and ME302. At the end of the semester, each group has to make a presentation of their design with the submission of a comprehensive design report.

A.3.5.5 Design

Design is a very important and a compulsory part in the mechanical engineering degree programme. Design exercises are planned on an individual basis conforming to national and international standards and codes of practice. They are assessed individually.

Students are exposed to mechanical engineering design relatively early in the course in order to make them appreciate the value of design and to form the connection it has with the theoretical aspects studied in other course units. There are two core course units completely dedicated to mechanical engineering design and another in the pipeline as a technical elective. The first design module is introduced in the 4th semester and the other in the 6th semester.

The 4th semester, ME209: Machine Design I course unit includes dynamics of simple mechanisms, design through failure analysis of mechanical elements, design of machine elements, design of a simple mechanical device and design of a simple steel structure. The final exercise in this course unit, a small group design of a machine, helps to motivate the student on the aspects of a comprehensive design.

The 6th semester course unit ME302, Machine Design II, is a more comprehensive design. The students are given a task as a design project where they have to identify the requirements, the solution to meet the requirements and design each and every component of the machine. The student is expected to consider ergonomical factors and feasibility considerations. The use of standards, codes and manuals are essential for these overall design projects. The final exercise is to select the most suitable material for a particular component using both analytical methods and software on Material Selection. In this design course unit too, the students are given a small comprehensive design project and the students are expected to give a written and oral presentation.

Field visits: The students of both ME209 in the 4th semester and ME302 in the 6th semester are taken on a field visit in the middle of the semester so that they could further appreciate the design of machines, machine components, the design process etc.

The design exercises are assessed 100% on continuous assessments. Marks of a weighting of 60% are given for the daily work on their log books, the final design reports and drawings, and a further 40% on an overall written and or oral assessment on each of the designs.

The students go through an assignment exercise of designing a control system to meet certain specifications with and without the aid of MatLab in the course unit ME306, Control Systems.

In the course unit ME510 Computer Applications in Mechanical Engineering, the students learn to design using current software on solid modelling, Finite Element methodology and Computational Fluid Dynamics. In the course unit CP305, Energy Systems Design, the students

An optional advanced design course on thermal engineering is at the moment been designed with a view of implementing it for the E04 batch of students, the present 3rd year students.

A.3.5.6 Non-technical Subjects

During the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th semesters, it is mandatory for the students to offer non-technical subjects referred to as General Electives, but they are also open for the 3rd and 4th semester students who wish to offer them early. They cover a broad spectrum of disciplines including finance, law, management, arts & humanities, health safety & environmental, communication etc. To be eligible for a BScEng or BScEng(Honours) degree, a student is required to satisfy a credit requirement of 12 or 15, respectively, from the General Electives. These non-technical course units are broadly categorized into three groups, as shown in the list of general electives available for students in the Table below. The students are required to obtain at least 2 credits from each group. The number of course units on offer may slightly vary depending on the demand and subjected to availability of resource person in the respective year.

List of General Electives for mechanical engineering students

Management & Economics

Arts &


Political &

Social Science


Sustainable Development


Marketing & Finance


Environmental Health & Sanitation


Industrial/Organizational Psychology


The Engineer in Society


Sri Lankan Technology


Critical Thinking and Writing Skills


Business Law


Management in Practice with Case Studies


Marketing and Financial Management


Government and Politics of Sri Lanka


Political Issues in Sri Lanka


Engineer as an Entrepreneur


Technology and Economic Development


Social Project


Rural Economic Development and Technology


Introduction to Music


Cinema and Television


Theatre and Drama


Painting and Sculpture


Project in Fine Arts


Introduction to Digital Art


Written English for Communication


Effective Communication

A.3.5.7 Communication Skills of Students

A 12-week intensive teaching programme in English is provided by the English Language Teaching Unit of the University to all students admitted to the Faculty to bring up their language skills to a level that will enable them to follow lectures, carry out written and oral instructions, present technical matter in written form and oral, and face examinations in English. A Language Laboratory, an Audio-Visual Unit and a Library of communication aids are available for the use of the students.

Further instructions in written and oral skills are imparted in the First year through the three credit modules QE101: English I and QE102: English II (covering communication through reading, listening, writing and speech). These modules are intended to promote report writing skills and presentation skills whilst fortifying their overall knowledge of English, and are assessed by a panel of examiners via continuous assessment and end semester examinations.

General electives, EF519: Written English for Communication, EF520:Effective Communication in English Through Speech and EF503: Critical Thinking and Writing Skills, are also available for further development of these communication skills.

Communication skill development takes place all throughout the 4-year engineering programme; oral and written communication skills are developed through presentations, viva-voce and reports periodically planned for evaluation of laboratory coursework, design, projects and industrial training.

Draughtsmanship, computer aided drafting and sketching are taught in the Qualifying Course under QE105: Engineering drawing, QE106: Computing and QE112: Engineering measurements (covering engineering graphics, freehand sketching, mechanical engineering drawings, flow-charts and flow-diagrams, engineering drawing through software, word-processing, spreadsheets, drafting with current packages, curve fitting and graphical presentation). These skills are applied and enhanced through presentation and writing of reports associated with design, laboratory coursework and projects.

A.3.5.8 Industrial Visits and / or Field Courses

Industrial visits are considered as an important component of the Mechanical Engineering curriculum. They form an integral part of the ME209 and ME302, Mechanical Engineering Design I and II course units. The objective of the field trip is to motivate the student on the importance of design and to get a feel of the scale of components, machines and processes. In addition, at least one industrial visit per academic year is organized by the Dept, in collaboration with the Mechanical Engineering Society (MES) of the Dept, which has been in existence for over 30 years, is actively involved in organising field trips and site visits to major mechanical engineering projects, as well as to sites where specific processes and techniques taught in various courses are in use. All mechanical engineering students and academic staff are members of the MES.

A.3.5.9 Industrial Training, Placements / Experience, Sandwich Year

(a) Industrial Training is a full time compulsory course unit of 24-weeks duration worth 6 credits. The students have to undergo a total of 24 weeks of mandatory industrial training under a professional engineer. The Industrial Training Programme is conducted by the Industrial Training and Career Guidance Unit (ITCGU) of the Faculty in collaboration with the National Apprentice and Industrial Training Authority (NAITA) of Sri Lanka.

During the period of training the student is required to maintain a daily diary certified by the engineer in-charge. During training, the teaching-staff visit the students at their place of training and conduct an on-the-spot viva voce along with an inspection of the training programme. After completion of the training, the student is required to submit a comprehensive report along with the diary. The students are individually assessed at an interview by a panel which comprises two members from the ITCGU, a practising mechanical engineer from the panel of examiners approved by the Faculty Board and a representative each from the Department and from NAITA. Grades are assigned by the panel, based on the report, diary and the viva voce.

Industrial training is recognized by IESL as a part of training requirement for the Corporate Membership of IESL.

Apart from the above 24-week Industrial Training Course, some students engage in vacation work in the industries on their own to gain more industrial experience before graduation.
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