Solid Modeling

Course Details

Course Number: 1202  Section Number: 101

Spring 2013

Location: McCoy Engineering Hall

Classroom Number: 207

Days & Times:

M 1:00-4:50 pm

Course Attachments


MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Dale B. McDonald   
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Course Objectives


Given a single mechanical component, students will apply basic modeling techniques to create a 3D solid model withing the software SolidWorks. (assignments, exams)
Given a single mechanical component, students will apply basic modeling techniques to create an engineering drawing. (assignments, exams)
Given a single mechanical component, students will construct a parametric model that contains geometric and numerical characteristics of the component. (assignments, exams)
Given a complex mechanical system, students will create individual component models and combine them as an assembly model. (assignments)
Given a simple mechamism, students will use assembly modeling techniques to develop a working model of the system. (assignments)

Course Expectations

Please see material distributed in class and on Desire 2 Learn

Grading Standards

The final grade for the course will be based on the exam scores and the homework assignment scores. Two of the lowest homework scores will be dropped unless the instructor states that a particular assignment may not be dropped. Exams I and II account for 25% each of the course grade, the final exam accounts for 30% of the course grade, the project accounts for 10% of the course grade, and the homework assignments account for 10% of the course grade. The overall average score (X) for the course is determined as follows:

X = .25•(exam I score% + exam II score%) + .3*(final exam score%) + .1*(project%)+ .1• (homework average%).

Final Exam5/6/2013  3:30 - 5:30 pm

Submission Format Policy

Please see material distributed in class and on Desire 2 Learn

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

All homework assignments will be due at Noon (1 hour prior to the beginning of class) on the particular Monday stated. A location where these assignments will be collected will be announced in class. If you are unable to meet this deadline, you will need to use one of your two assignment drops. Printing issues are not a valid excuse for late homework. Print at home (perhaps saving the SolidWorks files in a .pdf format) or the student center, library, or in the lab. Bring a digital device (flash drive, smart phone, etc.) with storage capability to each class and save all classwork at least until final grades are posted in May. Save files often throughout each class period; issues with saving materials are not a valid excuse for late homework. Please note that once an assignment has been collected (in the specified location) you may not retrieve it. In extreme cases the instructor only will have the discretion to accept a late homework assignment for credit.


Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

You are expected to attend class regularly and are responsible for notes and homework assignments missed while absent. While not explicilty a part of the grade, attendance will be taken regulary (most every meeting) and at (possibly) multiple times within one session.

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.