Core Module Information
Module title: Mechatronic Systems

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: MEC11114
Module leader: Keng Goh
School School of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Engineering and Mathematics


Description of module content:

The mechatronic approach will be stimulated and rewarded by applying it to the design of a practical product or process that would offer some enhanced performance compared with other alternatives.
Mechatronic design process:
Definitions of Mechatronics, advantages of microprocessor system control, Mechatronic design process: product and process design applications, advantages of Mechatronic design approach. Evaluate current technology developments that have improved mechatronic design of products or processes.
Design a product or process using a Mechatronic design methodology: Conceptual design: user requirement specification, embodiment design, standards, safety regulations: selection of measurement system, controller hardware and software, actuator system, signal conditioning, human-machine interface; design of application program; integration of components.
Evaluate a Mechatronic design application: Reliability, accuracy, speed of response, productivity, robustness, ease of maintenance, minimisation of capital and running costs, ease of manufacture, product quality. Evaluation of design procedure.

Learning Outcomes for module:

On completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: analyse the Mechatronic design process
LO2: evaluate current developments in Mechatronic applications
LO3 design a product or process using a Mechatronic design methodology
LO4: justify design decisions applying to the Mechatronic design of a product or process

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Keng Goh
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:

A variety of different learning modes will be used:
Lecture (LO1)
Laboratory: Hands-on programming of controller functions (LO3)
Laboratory: demonstration of control equipment (LO2,3)
Laboratory: group discussions every week on subjects researched by students (LO1,2,3,4), Research logbook used for seminar topics

Seminar discussions will encourage group communication, research methods and sharing research resources. Use of equipment in the laboratory will familiarise you with equipment used by industry.
Assessment by technical reports will enhance report writing skills.
Employers prefer to employ graduates that have multidisciplinary skills. The mechatronics approach to design will satisfy this need and will motivate you to enhance their career opportunities.

Examples from journals and research papers will be referenced

Report writing guide will be included to help international students and those not familiar with report writing.
The wide range of learning modes e.g. lecture, tutorial, seminar, hands-on laboratory, laboratory demonstrations will provide diversity. Virtual Learning Environment management and learning materials will complement face-to-face learning.

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment will be carried out during labratory practical exercises and seminars. Group design tasks will be carried out which will be formatively and summatively assessed by the lecturer and by student peer assessment.

Summative Assessment:
The summative assessment will be the submission of two reports: Report 1: Research Report (LO1,2), Report 2: Design Report (LO3,4)

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 12
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 36
Independent Learning Guided independent study 152
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 30 1,2 7 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Report 70 3,4 13 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 3500
Component 1 subtotal: 30
Component 2 subtotal: 70
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
MEC11114 - Mechatronics Systems