Module Provider: School of Systems Engineering
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Pre-requisites: CY2N9 Mechanical Design or SE2RM11 Robots and Mechanics
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2014/5

Module Convenor: Prof William Harwin


Summary module description:

This module aims to provide a unified description of mechatronic systems and their design.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module, the student should be able to understand mechatronic systems, to appreciate appropriate design methods and apply the correct method to various design problems and applications.

Additional outcomes:
EA2 topics: general design methods.

Outline content:
Principles of engineering design, elementary mechanism theory, novel actuators and power transmission mechanisms, mathematical methods for mechatronics, and real-time software techniques. A number of case studies will be included such as novel actuator and transmission mechanisms, free-form-fabrication methods, legged machines, etc.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The module comprises 2 lectures per week, one assignment and some revision tutorials.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Practicals classes and workshops 1
Guided independent study 75 4
Total hours by term 95.00 5.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 70
Set exercise 30

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:
    One 2-hour examination paper in May/June.

    Requirements for a pass:

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Examination only.
    One 2-hour examination paper in August/September.

    Last updated: 8 October 2014

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