CURRICULUM MAP

The program structure of the Master’s program considers passing 9 courses in a period of 4 semesters, which represent a total of 60 credits (Transferable Credit System, SCT ). 2 of these 9 courses consist of “core” courses, oriented to provide knowledge and transversal competencies for every student. On the other hand, 3 other courses consist of “thesis seminars”, which purpose is to advise and guide students in the different stages of the investigation process that they will defend in the exit exam. These seminars will be held by a tutor, chosen by the student according to their academic interests and the lines of research developed in the program. Lastly, the remaining 4 courses are “electives”, chosen by the student among many options of courses available, according to a work plan agreed along with the tutor. This plan’s objective is to contribute with specific theoretical and practical knowledge, circumscribed to common problems of the line of research that the student is developing.

SEMESTER 1
12 SCT

CORE: 7 SCT

ELECTIVE: 5 SCT

SEMESTER 2
14 SCT

CORE: 7 SCT

TESIS I: 7 SCT

SEMESTER 3
17 SCT

ELECTIVE: 5 SCT

ELECTIVE: 5 SCT

TESIS II: 7 SCT

SEMESTER 4
17 SCT

ELECTIVE: 5 SCT

TESIS III: 12 SCT

MANDATORY COURSES

Course Code Type Transferable Credits
THESIS SEMINAR I 15929 MANDATORY 7 SCT
THESIS SEMINAR II 15930 MANDATORY 7 SCT
THESIS SEMINAR III 15931 MANDATORY 12 SCT

GENERAL COURSES

Course Code Type Transferable Credits
NUMERICAL METHODS IN ENGINEERING 15902 CORE 7 SCT
PROCESS MODELLING AND SIMULATION 15927 CORE 7 SCT
MECHANICS CONTINUOUS MEDIA 15904 CORE 7 SCT
FUNDAMENTALS OF FINITE ELEMENT METHOD 15926 CORE 7 SCT
MATHEMATICAL METHODS IN ENGINEERING 15901 CORE 7 SCT
TRANSPORT PHENOMENA 15928 CORE 7 SCT

ELECTIVE COURSES

Course Code Type Transferable Credits
METAL SOLIDIFICATION PROCESS MODELING 15933 ELECTIVE 5 SCT
COMPUTATIONAL FLUID MECHANICS AND HEAT TRANSFER 15920 ELECTIVE 5 SCT
NUMERICAL METHODS FOR SOLVING CONVECTION-DIFFUSION PROBLEMS 15936 ELECTIVE 5 SCT
MECHANICAL BEHAVIOR OF MATERIALS 15908 ELECTIVE 5 SCT
STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS OF MINING EQUIPMENT 15911 ELECTIVE 5 SCT
COMPUTATIONAL FLUID MECHANICS AND MASS AND HEAT TRANSFER: APPLIED CASES 15951 ELECTIVE 5 SCT
FLUID MECHANICS 15912 ELECTIVE 5 SCT
FRACTURE MECHANICS 15941 ELECTIVE 5 SCT
ANALYSIS AND SYNTHESIS OF MECHANISMS
15910 ELECTIVE 5 SCT
NON-LINEAR MECHANICS 15906 ELECTIVE 5 SCT
THERMAL METROLOGY AND INVERSE TECHNIQUES 15938 ELECTIVE 5 SCT
EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN AND STATISTICAL ANALYSIS 15939 ELECTIVE 5 SCT
TURBULENT FLOW 15913 ELECTIVE 5 SCT
CONVECTIVE HEAT TRANSFER 15916 ELECTIVE 5 SCT
FINITE VOLUME METHOD 15949 ELECTIVE 5 SCT
TOPICS OF ELECTROCHEMISTRY 15954 ELECTIVE 5 SCT
STRUCTURAL ANALYSISS WITH THE FINITE METHOD 15932 ELECTIVE 5 SCT
CONDUCTION AND RADIATION HEAT TRANSFER 15915 ELECTIVE 5 SCT
COMBUSTION AND THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT 15935 ELECTIVE 5 SCT

SCHEDULE

The schedule of the program is from Monday to Friday, from 08:00 to 18:40; and Saturday from 08:00 to 13:00.

TEACHING AND ASSESSMENT METHODOLOGY

Teaching-learning Methodology

 

The teaching-learning process contemplates theory and application, aimed at the analysis of specific cases and problem-solving. It combines the delivery of both transversal and specific contents aimed at the students’ particular concerns according to their investigation projects. Similarly, it is included in the development of the competencies necessary for academic production through scientific papers review and analysis.

Evaluation system

The methods used for the evaluation of students mainly consider written tests and exams and the performance of practical work such as project preparation, calculation simulations or case reports, in which the contents are applied to specific problems. As a complement to the previous methods, some courses also include the performance of academic works such as bibliographic researches and oral presentations based on the review of articles or monographs on specific topics.

The final grades of the Master of Engineering Sciences, Mechanical Engineering, will be registered applying a scale of 1 to 7. Regarding the previously said, the courses will be approved if the student has obtained a final grade equal or higher than 4.0, while a grade lower than that will be considered as a failed course.

GRADUATION SYSTEM

Once the student has satisfactorily passed all the courses of their work plan, they will be able to defend their Thesis. The Program Committee will approve the thesis topics. The Committee may assign a tutor to the student, among faculty members.

The final presentation of the document will take place when the student has received the approval of the tutor. The student will submit to the commission three copies of the thesis for correction.

To assess the document, the Master’s Program Committee (CPM, for its initials in Spanish) will appoint three people to form a Thesis Committee. This last entity will be composed of the tutor and two professors for correction, one of them can be an external professor to the University. Each member of the Committee will issue and judge the thesis with its observations and its final grade. The Commission will have a period of twenty working days maximum for the thesis correction.

The aspects to be assessed in the thesis are:

a) Presentation and wording (format, organization, indexes, phrasing, plans, graphics, etc.).

b) Ability to analyze the problem presented and applying the knowledge of Engineering Science.

c) Technical-economic evaluation or development of the study itself (judgment and maturity).

d) Capacity to summarize and the contribution to the field of investigation (analysis and conclusions).

The thesis will be considered as approved if it receives by each member of the committee a grade equal to or higher than 5.0. If at least one of the members evaluates it with a grade lower than 5.0, the thesis will be rejected. In this case, the student will have to leave the Program. The thesis will remain pending if at least one of the members of the committee suggests modifications before the approval, and none of them rejects it. The student, in agreement with his/her tutor, will proceed to rewrite the refuted parts. The same committee will evaluate the revised thesis. Once the student has successfully passed the total courses of the action plan, it will be possible to defend the thesis.

Having passed the thesis project, the student will have to request to the director of the Program a date to perform the Exit Exam, according to the availability of the members of the committee.

The Exit Exam is public and consists of an oral defense of the thesis, unless it results in a patent. In this situation, the people present will have to sign a confidentiality commitment.

The Exit Exam will be evaluated by the same committee, using the grade point range from 1.0 to 7.0, and the students will pass if they obtain an average grade of 5.0 or higher.

The requirements to obtain the Master’s degree in Engineering Sciences, Mechanical Engineering are:

a) Having passed the program with a final average grade of 5.0 or higher.

b) Having passed the thesis and the Exit Exam with a final average grade of 5.0 or higher.

The student´s final grade in the Program considers 50% of the grade from the presentation of the Exit Exam (average grade of all the courses), 25% of the grade from the thesis, and 25% of the grade from the Exit Exam. The grade is expressed according to the following table: 

  • Between 6.4 and 7.0: Graduated with high distinction
  • Between 5.7 and 6.3: Graduated with distinction
  • Between 5.0 and 5.6: Graduated

Students graduated with high distinction will additionally receive the Cum Laude distinction. This will be the case if they can submit before the date of defense an indexed article to evaluation or process a patent, as product of their thesis.

Once the candidate fulfills all the requirements of the program, the Dean will request to the Academic Vice Presidency, through the appropriate channels, to confer the student the degree of Master of Engineering Sciences, Mechanical Engineering.