Minor Programme

Computational Methods and Manufacturing Techniques / Stavanger

3rd year Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering

Faculty of Science and Engineering

Applied Sciences 


August 2019

Mathematics Core subjects and Construction Mechanics


English, B2 level

The Courses

Vector Analysis – 10 ECTS

Course Description

  • After completion of the course, the student will be able to calculate double and triple integrals as well as surface and line integrals. The student will be able to apply Green's, Divergence, and Stokes' theorems and have sufficient knowledge in vector analysis to handle the mentioned topics. The student will also be introduced to partial differential equations.
  • Contents: Vector calculus, directional derivatives, multiple integrals, line and surface integrals, vector fields, Stokes', Green's, and Divergence theorems. Introduction to partial differential equations.
  • Assessment: Written exam.
  • Requisites: Differentiation, integration, elementary differential equations, linear algebra, series (Taylor and Fourier series) and multivariable functions.
  • Teaching Methods: Six hours of lectures and problem solving per week.

Finite Element Methods – 10 ECTS

Course Description

  • Learning Outcomes: After the completion of the course, the student will have sufficient knowledge and basic understanding of the finite element method. They will be able to solve basic problems of trusses, frames, and two-dimensional structures. Furthermore, with the use of finite element computer programs, the student will acquire skills in solving mechanical and structural engineering problems.
  • Contents: Main topics of the course include an overview of the Finite Element Method, Mathematical Background, Linear Spring Elements, Bar Elements, Trusses, Beams, Frames, the principle of Minimum Potential Energy for 1-D Elements, Elasticity equations for 2-D and 3-D solids, the principle of Minimum Potential Energy for 2-D and 3-D elements and Finite Element modelling of Heat Transfer.
  • Assessment: Written exam and project.
  • Requisites: Structural Mechanics, Linear Algebra, Computer Programming (e.g. MatLab or Mathematica)
  • Teaching Methods: 4 lecture hours per week. 2 hours of exercises and project work for 4 weeks with a tutor. Grading is based on compulsory assignments throughout the semester and a teamwork-based project.

Production and Manufacturing Technology – 10 ECTS


  • Learning Outcomes: After completion of the course, the student will be able to solve both technical and management related tasks in the production/manufacturing industry.
  • Contents: Introduction to Production/Manufacturing Engineering, Quality Control and Assurance, Statistical Process Control (SPC) methods and introduction to Lean-Six-Sigma, Metrology (theoretical and practical aspects of engineering measurement), Metal Cutting Principles, Cutting Tools and Operations, Machining Economics, Additive Manufacturing including 3D Printing, Rapid Prototyping (RP), Direct Digital Manufacturing (DDM), layered manufacturing and additive fabrication), Project Management Techniques (CPM, PERT & Crashing), Introduction to CAD/CAM and Computer Numerical Control (CNC):Part Programming and Machining with CNC-Turning center (OKUMA-LB9 Series), Production Line Balancing and Basic Concepts of Welding.
  • Assessment: Written exam.
  • Requisites: Mechanical Design, Probability and Statistics.
  • Teaching Methods: 4 hours of lectures and 2 hours of tutorials per week. Grading is based on compulsory assignments, 3 compulsory laboratory exercises and 1 compulsory workshop exercise.

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University of Stavanger


The University of Stavanger is situated on Norway’s south-west coast, surrounded by magnificent and diverse landscapes. The charming harbour city of Stavanger ranks as Norway’s fourth largest with approximately 130,000 inhabitants and is known as Norway’s “oil and energy capital”. The Stavanger region is Norway’s most productive area and has been the national hub for innovative industry for several decades, partly owing to the petroleum industry and partly to a spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship which existed long before the oil age.

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