MECH 509 - Design and Analysis in Engineering Research

  • 3 credits
  • Online

The course covers two common experimental design and analysis situations which are faced in engineering experiments and industrial process control:

  • In many situations the investigator has control over the settings of the process being investigated. Through the use of well-structured designed experiments based on available knowledge about the process, successful statistical analyses can be carried out with a small fraction of the data that might otherwise be required. Resultant models can be used to determine improved process settings and provide a basis for the sequential determination of further improvements in process performance.
  • In some situations operational data is collected and the investigator has no control over process settings. For this situation a real case study investigation is used to teach the application of hypothesis testing to determine causes of component deterioration or failure.

Software & Hardware Requirements: MINITAB and access to the Internet. Adobe Acrobat is required.

This class is offered online in a webinar-style format, and can be accessed synchronously or asynchronously. Synchronous means you can log on live and participate in the class as it is occurring on campus, but participation in this format is not mandatory. Asynchronous means you can access the video recording of the class sessions whenever it is convenient for you.


MATH 340 (Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations); STAT 315 (Statistics for Engineers and Scientists).

Important Information

Military personnel admitted to a College of Engineering online degree program may be eligible for a 15% tuition discount. Tuition discounts can only be given if you provide the appropriate discount code at the time of registration. Call (877) 491-4336 or email to learn more.

This class is available live via the Internet on Thursdays from 5:15 - 8.00 p.m. Mountain Time. If you are registered in the online section, log into your RamCT account to access the course; directions will be posted. The on-campus section is being taught in Clark Bldg, Room A206.

Textbooks and Materials

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


  • Design and Analysis of Experiments, 8th Ed. (2013)
    Douglas C. Montgomery
    ISBN: 978-1118-14692-7