Manufacturing Processes I Syllabus

Note: This course code has changed from ME231 to MET 231. You may occasionally see references to the old course code or title.

MET 231 is an introduction to different manufacturing processes. Topics include basic material science, mass reduction processes (milling, turning, drilling, etc.), separation and deformation processes (cutting, shearing, bending, etc.), mass conserving processes (casting and polymer/composite processes), joining processes (thermal, mechanical, and chemical), finishing processes, new technologies in manufacturing, and measuring tools.

This course is designed to give you a basic understanding of how things are manufactured. Have you ever wondered how the products you use every day were created? How are aluminum cans made? How are the soles of your tennis shoes created? How is a carbon fiber bicycle created? What about the glass on your iPhone? How is that made? Why are some metal parts welded and some are riveted? Why would an engineer create something out of metal, plastic, or ceramic? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each manufacturing method, and what materials can be used in each of these processes? What tools are used? These are some of the questions you will be able to answer by taking this class.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will understand:

Required Materials and Technology


The reference text is: Chris Lefteri, Making It: Manufacturing Techniques for Product Design 2nd Edition, Laurence King Publishing, 2015. The book is offered free to BYUI students as an electronic textbook via ProQuest Ebook Central. This book offers three helpful options:

  1. Online reading: Unlimited online reading.
  2. 14-day full-book download: You may only get it offline for 14 days. You can check it out as many times as you need throughout the semester.
  3. Chapter download (doesn't expire): You can only download 86 pages total. Use this option sparingly and only for those chapters you want to reference in the future. This is a valuable reference book that you may likely use often in your future, so it is highly recommended to take advantage of this option.

This textbook is a valuable reference book that you may choose to purchase so you have it on hand in your future work and schooling. You can the find the paperback (ISBN-10: 1856697495), the Kindle version on Amazon, or compare prices through the University Store Price Comparison site.


It is assumed that you either have your own computer or you have consistent access to a computer. You need appropriate permissions to download learning content, access websites, and update and/or download software along with consistent, reliable access to an internet connection. Visit Orientation to Online Learning in W01 to verify your computer set up. If necessary, read the I-Learn Computer Standards.

You will use Microsoft Office products in this course. If needed, use the free download provided by the University Store.

Other hardware

Course Architecture

This course is divided into six units. During the first week of a unit, your team develops a plan on how to complete the project together.

The course design makes you ponder or brainstorm on your own, before studying the learning material. For instance, each week includes a "How Would You Make It?" discussion. You study a picture of a manufactured part and brainstorm how you might make it. Your initial post releases the remaining learning activities for the week. Trying to figure it out on your own (without studying the material) helps you gain a deeper understanding. Toward the end of each week, you return to the discussion and read several of your classmates' posts. You respond to at least two classmates.


Passing grades are earned with the following minimum averages:

Percentage Range Letter Grade
100%–93% A
92%–90%  A-
89%–87%  B+
86%–83% B
82%–80%  B-
79%–77%   C+
76%–73% C
72%–70%  C-
69%–67%   D+
66%–63% D
62%–60%   D-
59%–00% F

Letter grade definitions as defined in the BYU-Idaho Catalog are given below:

Grade Breakdown by Category

Your grade comes from several different components: discussions, quizzes, team-based projects, team-based homework, team evaluations, a midterm and a final.

Category Weight
Discussions: How Would You Make It? (x12) 5%
Knowledge Checks (x11) 15%
Team Homework (x4) 10%
Team Projects (x4) 30%
Team Evaluation 10%
Midterm 12%
Final 18%

Late Work Policy

Late work is NOT accepted, except where extenuating circumstances might arise and a written request is pre-approved by your instructor. Plan your weekly schedule wisely, set aside adequate study time and work at a healthy, steady pace. W01 Individual Homework: Personal Study Plan will help you plan your schedule.

Test Taking Policy

In this course, you will complete weekly Knowledge Checks, a midterm exam, and a final exam. The following are the expectations for the quizzes and exams:

Keys to Success

BYU-Idaho Learning Model

All courses, including online courses, at BYU-Idaho enable students to take responsibility for their own learning and to help teach others. This pattern is the Learning Model. The following pages will help you understand the Learning Model:

  1. Take charge of your education by applying the Learning Model
  2. Learning Model interactive tutorial

Tips for Success

University Policies

Student Honor Code

Student Honor is following the path of discipleship and learning to be more like Christ—learning to think, feel, and act more as He does. Following the Honor Code is of great importance as you strive to be a disciple of Christ. Academic honesty and integrity is expected of all BYU-I students.

By adhering to the Honor Code, you will create a learning environment, “consistent with the ideals and principles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints” (Honor Code webpage).

Student Policies

You are responsible for understanding all university student policies. Read the Student Policies and Procedures which include Student Honor, Students with Disabilities, Sexual Harassment, Complaints and Grievances, etc. There is also a University Policies page in your course with helpful contact information.


This Syllabus and the course schedule may be changed at any time prior to or during the semester as the need arises, based upon circumstances. Any changes will be available to view in the course documents.

Student Support

Tutoring and Academic Support

Tutoring options for online students are available through the Academic Support Centers. There are tutors available to help you with your writing questions, and there may be course-specific tutoring available. Check the Online Tutoring page for more details.

Online Support Center

The Online Support Center provides many links and contact information for services such as technology support, registration, academic support, and other student resources.

Sexual Harassment

If you need assistance or information related to allegations of sexual harassment, please contact the Dean of Students using the following information:

Students with Disabilities

Disability Services Contact Information:


The instructor reserves the right to change any part of this Syllabus any time during the semester in order to adapt to changing course needs. You will be notified prior to any changes that may take place.