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EE30220: Mechatronic design project I

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Group video and viva (CW 55%)
  • Individual report (CW 45%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Description: Aims:
The aims of the unit are to immerse the student in the design process used for mechatronic solutions to solve a design challenge. This unit is designed to develop students' expertise in integrating mechatronic prototyping hardware and the computer code needed. The unit aims to provide a broad understanding of: mechanism design; components used to build mechatronic systems (motor types, servos, actuators, feedback sensors); feedback control and signal processing.

Learning Outcomes:
After successfully completing this unit a student will be able to:
* Design, construct, and evaluate the performance of a mechatronic prototype using electronic device evaluation/prototype boards.
* Design robust and reliable mechanisms.
* Integrate appropriate motor types, servos, actuators, feedback sensors in the designed system.
* Apply basic signal processing techniques to refine feedback signals.
* Troubleshoot mechanical, electronic and software errors.

Problem solving (F/A); mechanism and electronic system design (T/A); independent and team working (F/A); mechatronic prototyping skills (T/F/A); presentation skills (A); written communication (A).

The unit will include taught content, introducing mechanism design and the basic electronic components pre-selected for the assignment. These might include: processor development boards, motors, actuators, servos, sensor prototyping modules. Theoretical principles of feedback control and signal processing. An introduction to the programing language to be used.
Tutoring and studio-based working will provide broad and specific content on design and problem solving for mechatronic projects.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

EE30220 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • UEME-AFB48 : BEng(Hons) Integrated Design Engineering (Year 3)
  • UEME-AKB48 : BEng(Hons) Integrated Design Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 4)
  • UEME-AFM48 : MEng(Hons) Integrated Design Engineering (Year 3)
  • UEME-AKM48 : MEng(Hons) Integrated Design Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 4)


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