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EE40221: Mechatronic design project II

[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: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
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 solution to an open-ended problem.
* Design basic printed circuit boards.
* Integrate and optimise appropriate motor types, servos, actuators, feedback sensors in the designed system.
* Create control software with a known response speed to mechanical stimuli.
* Troubleshoot mechanical, electronic and software errors.

Aims: The aims of the unit are to extend the students' experiences of the design process used for mechatronic solutions. The unit will provide an opportunity to use mechatronics to produce a detailed solution to a more advanced design challenge. This unit is designed to further develop students' expertise in integrating mechatronic hardware and software, in order to deliver a developed mechatronic prototype. The unit aims to provide an introduction to: basic printed circuit board design; and timing critical software design (interrupt based programming).

Skills: Problem solving (F/A); mechanism, circuit board and electronic system design (T/A); independent and team working (F/A); mechatronic design skills (T/F/A); presentation skills (A); written communication (A).

Content: The unit will include taught content, advanced mechanism design and basic circuit board design. Students will be free to select components as appropriate for the design task. The use of interrupts in embedded software design will also be taught.
To support design process learning, the principles of systems engineering, concurrent design and multi-disciplinary design management will be introduced. Tutoring and studio-based working, will support design and problem solving skills for mechatronic projects.

Programme availability:

EE40221 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • UEME-AFM48 : MEng(Hons) Integrated Design Engineering (Year 4)
  • UEME-AKM48 : MEng(Hons) Integrated Design Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 5)


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