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EE10170: Introduction to integrated engineering

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2013/4
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment: CW 100%
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: EE10170G - Reassessment Coursework (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To provide an understanding of how the design process is used in obtaining integrated engineering solutions, the steps taken and where detail is required.
To introduce a variety of sensors, actuators and their characteristics.
To introduce the concept of control engineering as applied to integrated mechanical and electrical systems.
To introduce the concept of automation.
To introduce different types of controllers, including microcontrollers, embedded systems, industrial PCs and PLCs and their interfaces to sensors/actuators and software solutions.

Learning Outcomes:
After successfully completing this unit the student should be able to:
* Think through the design solution to a simple integrated engineering problem, using conceptual thinking in the process.
* Develop a design from an initial brief into a conceptual solution being able to detail the requirement specifications for the design, functional diagram and identify the functions that require control.
* Understand the main concepts related to sensors and actuators such as accuracy, repeatability, hysteresis, saturation and relate them to the design solution.
* Understand the suitability of different controllers and their applicability in the automation of processes, embedded control and industrial automation.

Lateral thinking; problem solving; independent and team working.

Introduction to the design process for integrated engineering systems and products: requirements capture, conceptual design, embodiment design and detail design.
Introduction to sensors and actuators
Introduction to control and automation
Introduction to controllers, interfaces and their software.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

EE10170 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering
  • UEXX-AFB02 : BEng (hons) Integrated Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (Full-time) - Year 1
  • UEXX-AKB02 : BEng (hons) Integrated Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 1
  • UEXX-AFM02 : MEng (hons) Integrated Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (Full-time) - Year 1
  • UEXX-AKM02 : MEng (hons) Integrated Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 1

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2013/4 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2014/15 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2013/14.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.