Module Catalogues

Introduction to Mechatronics

Module Title Introduction to Mechatronics
Module Level Level 1
Module Credits 2.50

Aims and Fit of Module

Upon successful completion of this module students will understand the basic elements of mechatronics. Students will be able to demonstrate the importance of these core topics in engineering applications and complete simple designs of their own.

Learning outcomes

A	Demonstrate understanding of the fundamentals of current flow into inductors and capacitors and the physical laws of electromagnetism and mechanics that can apply to practical motors, transformers and actuators.
B Demonstrate understanding of the properties of materials best suited for use in mechatronics devices and the behavior of common electrical devices, such as series and shunt dc motors, alternators, solenoids and transformers.
C Determine the magnetic effects of electrical currents in practical circuits.
D Analyse a simple mechatronics system in order to predict its characteristics.
E Use specific instrumentation to perform simple mechatronics tests on an electrical machine to evaluate its performance.
F Acquire independent learning, problem solving and design skills

Method of teaching and learning

The teaching philosophy of the module follows very much the philosophy of Syntegrative Education. This has meant that the teaching delivery pattern, which follows more intensive block teaching, allows more meaningful contribution from industry partners. This philosophy is carried through also in terms of assessment, with reduction on the use of exams and increase in coursework, especially problem-based assessments that are project focused. The delivery pattern provides space in the semester for students to concentrate on completing the assessments.
This module will be delivered through a combination of formal lectures, seminars and supervised laboratory sessions. Two coursework will be assigned in Week5 and 10, respectively.