Programme Goals and Objectives

Goals

The goals of the programme are to;

  • Produce graduates who can address the energy problems of Uganda and the Africa region.
  • Produce graduates who can solve practical problems in the manufacturing and production sector of Uganda and the Africa region.

Specific Objectives

The specific objectives of the programme are aligned to the specialized sub-disciplines within mechanical engineering that are to be offered.

Energy Systems Engineering

The specific objectives of the programme in this area are to produce creative and innovative graduates who are capable of:

  • Managing complex technical and financial projects in utility companies, energy companies and manufacturing companies.
  • Designing energy production, transport and storage systems.
  • Using sustainable approaches to develop new and clean energy technologies.
  • Understanding the complexities of energy technologies, the importance of energy demand, energy usage, energy policy and energy sustainability, and the impact of energy conversion on the environment.
  • Analyzing and recommending energy options to policy makers of developing economies.
  • Meeting the engineering, economic and environmental challenges facing energy systems in Uganda and in the region.

Manufacturing Engineering

The specific objectives of the programme are to produce graduates who are capable of:

  • Developing new products.
  • Designing production plants and equipment.
  • Managing production processes and manufacturing industries.
  • Producing and maintaining quality products.
  • Designing and constructing production equipment and products.
  • Enhancing competitiveness in manufacturing companies.
  • Selecting materials and equipment for the manufacturing and production sector.

Employment Opportunities

The graduate of the programme will in general find opportunities for employment in the sub-disciplines offered.

 

Energy Systems Engineering

The graduates of the Energy Systems Engineering specialization shall find jobs in;

  • Power production companies as Design and Process Engineers.
  • Engineering companies as Project Engineers.
  • Energy equipment manufacturing companies as Project Design Engineers.
  • Research organizations and consultancy firms as Designers and Developers of new products for energy equipment manufacturers.
  • Government Energy Departments as Energy Policy Makers.
  • Various organizations where energy conversion occurs as Energy Advisors/ Specialists.
  • Chemical and Petroleum processing plants

Manufacturing Engineering

The graduates of the Manufacturing Engineering programme shall find jobs in;

  • Manufacturing companies.
  • Research and Development Organizations
  • Consulting firms
  • Government departments
  • Sales companies
  • Mining sector  ( material flow system)

Target Group

There is a growing number of private and government universities which need trained manpower. The National Council for Higher Education demands highly qualified members of staff in these institutions. The graduates will no longer have to go outside Uganda for some of the training courses which are offered in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

The School of Engineering has been attracting graduates from other countries like Mozambique, Ethiopia and Malawi and other neighbouring countries. Most the courses are offered by lecturers who are members of staff from the Department of Mechanical Engineering; mostly in the areas of energy and production engineering.

There is a good number of graduates who have been working in the field for over five years. During the time of their work, they acquire skills. At the same time there are developments in the areas of technology and new courses being taught. Thus the working class of engineers is one of the target groups.

Mode of Leaning and Teaching

The programme will be conducted through lectures, laboratories, industrial visits, assignments, seminars, project work, and/or research.

PROGRAMME IMPLEMENTATION

The M.Sc Mechanical Engineering Program is to be based on two plans namely, Plan A and Plan B, as follows;

Plan A:    Coursework and Dissertation

Plan B:    Extended Coursework and Project Report

Admission Requirements

To qualify for admission for Master’s Degree Programmes, the candidate must hold a Bachelor’s degree in engineering in a scientific or technological field.  All other admission requirements and regulations of Makerere University shall apply.

  • An applicant must be a holder of at least a Second Class degree or its equivalent awarded by Makerere University or any other recognized institution.
  • An applicant who is a holder of a third class degree or its equivalent may be admitted only after providing evidence of academic growth and maturity in the desired field of study as judged by the Board of Graduate Studies and Research.

 

Attachments

Attachment Name Attachment Type
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering DOC PDF

Energy Systems Engineering

PLAN  A:   Programme Structure

Programme for Courses in  Semester I

Semester I –  5 courses  (four compulsory one elective)
Code Course Name LH PH TH CH CU
RET7105 Statistics  and Research Methods 40 0 10 45 3
MEC7105 Principles of Management 45 0 0 45 3
MEC7106 Thermo-chemical Energy Engineering 35 10 10 45 3
MEC7107 Measurement  Techniques in Engineering 30 15 15 45 3
Elective ( Student Selects Only one Course )
MEC7108 Hydropower Systems 30 15 15 45 3
MEC7109 Two Phase flow and Heat Transfer 35 10 10 45 3
MEC7110 Solar Energy Technology 30 15 15 45 3

Programme for Courses in  Semester II

Semester II   5 courses  (four  compulsory one elective)
Code Course Name LH PH TH CH CU
EMT7201 Advanced Engineering Mathematics 30 0 15 45 3
RET 7203 Project Management 45 0 0 45 3
MEC7229 Conventional Power  Generation 35 10 10 45 3
MEC7230 Numerical Methods in Energy Engineering 40 0 10 45 3
Elective ( Student Select Only one Course )
MEC7231 Energy  Management 35 10 10 45 3
MEC7232 Other Alternative Energy Resources 35 10 10 45 3
MEC7233 Modelling and Simulation of Energy Technology 40 0 10 45 3

Semester III and Semester IV

Semester III
Code Course Name LH PH TH CH CU
MEC8100 Dissertation 0 200 0 150 10
MEC8101 Research Seminar I 0 60 0 30 2
Semester  IV
MEC8201 Research Seminar II 0 60 0 30 2

 

PLAN B :  Programme Structure

Programme for Courses in  Semester I

Semester I   5 courses  (four compulsory one elective)
Code Course Name LH PH TH CH CU
RET7105 Statistics  and Research Methods 40 0 10 45 3
MEC7105 Principles of Management 45 0 0 45 3
MEC7107 Measurement  Techniques in Energy Engineering 30 15 15 45 3
MEC7106 Thermo-chemical Energy Engineering 35 10 10 45 3
Elective ( Student Select Only one Course )
MEC7108 Hydropower Systems 30 15 15 45 3
MEC7110 Solar Energy Technology 30 15 15 45 3
MEC7111 Biochemical Engineering 35 10 10 45 3

Programme for Courses in   Semester II

Semester II   4 courses  (Four compulsory one elective)
Code Course Name LH PH TH CH CU
EMT7201 Advanced Engineering Mathematics 30 0 15 45 3
RET7203 Project Management 0 0 0 0 3
MEC7230 Numerical Methods in Energy Engineering 40 0 10 45 3
MEC7229 Conventional Power  Generation 35 10 10 45 3
Elective ( Student Selects Only one course )
MEC7231 Energy  Management 35 10 10 45 3
MEC7232 Other Alternative Energy Resources 35 10 10 45 3
MEC7233 Modelling and Simulation of Energy Technology 40 0 10 45 3

 

 

 

Programme for Courses in   Semester III and IV

Semester III    Four courses  ( Three Compulsory, one Elective)
Code Course Name LH PH TH CH CU
MEC8101 Seminar 0 30 0 30 2
MEC8102 Impact of Energy Generation on Environment 40 0 10 45 3
TID8102 Safety, Health & Environment Management 45 0 0 45 3
Electives ( Student Selects  one course)
MEC7109 Two Phase flow and Heat Transfer 35 10 10 45 3
MEC8103 Advanced  Heating, Refrigeration and air-conditioning 40 0 10 45 3
Semester  IV  One Course Compulsory
MEC8200 Research Project and report 0 150 0 75 5

 

MANUFACTURING ENGINEERING

PLAN  A  Programme Structure

Programme for Courses in Semester I

Semester I   5 courses ( three  compulsory  and  two elective)
Code Course Name LH PH TH CH CU
MEC7105 Principles of Management 45 0 0 45 3
MEC7112 Manufacturing Processes and Product Quality Control 45 0 0 45 3
RET7105 Statistics and Research Methods 45 0 0 45 3
Electives   ( Student Select Only two Courses )
MEC7113 Business and Operations Strategy 45 0 0 45 3
MEC7114 Energy management 45 0 0 45 3
MEC7115 Computer Aided Manufacturing 34 52 0 60 3
MEC7116 Applied Linear Algebra 45 0 0 45 3

Programme for Courses in Semester II

Semester I   Five courses (Three  compulsory two elective)
Code Course Name LH PH TH CH CU
EMT7201 Advanced Engineering Mathematics 45 0 0 45 3
RET7203 Project Management 45 0 0 45 3
MEC7234 Manufacturing Modelling and Analysis 45 0 0 45 3
Electives   ( Student Select Only two  Courses)
MEC7236 Advanced Manufacturing Materials 30 30 0 45 3
MEC7237 Asset  Management 45 0 0 45 3
MEC7238 Automation 30 30 0 45 3
TID7202 Logistics Engineering 45 0 0 45 3

Programme for Courses in  Semester III and Semester IV

Semester III
Code Course Name LH PH TH CH CU
MEC8100 Dissertation 0 200 0 150 10
MEC8101 Research Seminar I 0 60 0 30 2
Semester  IV
MEC8201 Research Seminar II 0 60 0 30 2

PLAN  B   Programme Structure

Programme for Courses in Semester I

Semester I   5 courses ( three  compulsory  and  two elective)
Code Course Name LH PH TH CH CU
MEC7105 Principles of Management 45 0 0 45 3
MEC7112 Manufacturing Processes and Product Quality Control 45 0 0 45 3
RET7105 Statistics and Research Methods 45 0 0 45 3
Elective ( Student Select Only two Courses )
MEC7113 Business and Operations Strategy 45 0 0 45 3
MEC7114 Energy management 45 0 0 45 3
MEC7115 Computer Aided Manufacturing 34 52 0 60 3
MEC7116 Applied Linear Algebra 45 0 0 45 3

Programme for Courses in   Semester II

Core Courses (Compulsory)

Semester I   Five courses  (Three  compulsory, two elective)
Code Course Name LH PH TH CH CU
EMT7201 Advanced Engineering Mathematics 45 0 0 45 3
RET7203 Project Management 45 0 0 45 3
MEC7235 Manufacturing Modelling and Analysis 45 0 0 45 3
Elective ( Student Select Only two  Courses)
MEC7236 Advanced Manufacturing Materials 30 30 0 45 3
MEC7237 Asset  Management 45 0 0 45 3
MEC7238 Automation 30 30 0 45 3
TID7202 Logistics Engineering 45 0 0 45 3

Programme for Courses in   Semester III and Semester IV

Semester I   Three Courses  (Two  compulsory one elective)
Code Course Name LH PH TH CH CU
MEC8101 Seminar 0 30 0 30 2
TID8102 Safety, Health & Environment Management 45 0 0 45 3
Elective ( Student Select Only one Course )
TID8104 Life-Cycle Analysis and Sustainability 45 0 0 45 3
TID8105 Advanced Product Design and Development 45 0 0 45 3
Semester   IV
One Core course
MEC8200 Research Project and report 0 150 0 75 5

The total unit for student to graduate are 60.

LH- lecture hour, TH – tutorial hour, PH- practical hour,  CH -Contact hour, CU- credit unit

 

Attachments

Attachment Name Attachment Type
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering DOC PDF PS
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering