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Unit information: Mechatronics 3 in 2015/16

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Unit name Mechatronics 3
Unit code MENG30003
Credit points 10
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. J Burn
Open unit status Not open

MENG21100 Materials Engineering

MENG22200 Dynamics and Control

MENG26000 Design and Manufacture



School/department Department of Mechanical Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


The aim of the unit is to develop students' skills to analyse and design mechatronic systems

Mechatronic systems combine sensing, actuation, a mechanism and control in order to perform a task defined by a set of requirements and formalised in a specification. Both the design process and components will be examined in detail. Subjects covered in the lecture course are: history of mechatronics, physics of the electromehcanical interface, actuation, sensors, power amplification, energy supply, digital computing hardware, basic software development for control, design process.

The practical design laboratory will provide practical experience of integrating sensors, actuators and digital control to form a working mechatonic system.

Intended learning outcomes

  1. To be able to produce a preliminary design for a simple mechatronic system given a set of requirements
  2. To be able to correctly specify and select components for a mechatronic system
  3. To formulate mathematical models to describe system performance and solve them appropriately using analytical or numerical methods

Teaching details

Core knowledge is provided via a series of lectures

Students will extend their knowledge through independent research

Students will practice applying knowledge via paper and practical design exercises

Students should allocate time as folows:

Lecture attendance 20 hours in total

Design exercises 24 hours in total

Undertake indedpendent study 3h/week or 36 hours total

Revision and exams 20 hours in total

Assessment Details


2-hour written exam 60%

2,000 word technical report 40%


a series of examples sheets with answers for self appraisal

quiz-style tests of knowledge and understanding during lectures

No single assessment type is specific to a subset of learning objectives, all learning objectives will be tested using each method.

Reading and References

Mechatronics: Electronic Control Systems in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (4th Ed.) W. Bolton, (Pearson/Prentice Hall), 2008.