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EE30220: Mechatronic design project I

[Page last updated: 10 October 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/23
Owning Department/School: Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering
Credits: 6 [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 120
Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Semester 1
Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Assessment Detail:
  • Group video and viva (CW 55%)
  • Individual report (CW 45%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
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.

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.

Skills: 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).

Content: 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.

Programme 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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