Module Catalogue

MEC3105 : Mechatronic Systems

  • Offered for Year: 2017/18
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Michael Lau
  • Lecturer: Dr Edwin Foo
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Singapore
Semester 1 Credit Value: 15
ECTS Credits: 8.0


The module aims to introduce students to mechatronics systems and to equip them with the fundamental knowledge to understand, design and implement the control of typical mechatronics systems involving servomotors and feedbacks.

Outline Of Syllabus

(1) Introduction to mechatronic systems, control concepts and mathematical modeling using transfer functions and block diagrams; effects of system zeros and poles on system responses
(2) Standard signals and system responses: step, ramp and sinusoidal inputs;
(3) First and second order systems transient and steady state responses:
(4) Frequency Response: Bode plots and stability margins
(5) Controller types and design: Proportional, Integral and Derivative modes, and design of PID, and discrete PID control algorithms (position and velocity algorithms)
(6) Embedded systems: controller, real time requirement, sampling issues
(7) Case Study: motion control systems in machine tools and robotics as examples of mechatronics systems; regulation and trajectory tracking
(8) Simulink exercise

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00End of Semester examination.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion114:0014:00Target non-timetable hours to complete coursework assignment submission
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion200:3010:00Recommended revision for exams, assuming prior regular independent study throughout teaching
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture122:0024:00Structured presentation of syllabus may include skills demonstration, formative feedback, etc
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical25:0010:00Extended activity (lab) to apply taught material, develop professional skills. (Design assignment)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching52:0010:00Problem classes (“tutorials”) to support independent study and reinforce skills practise
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study180:0080:00Recommended regular personal study throughout teaching period to follow up taught classes
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures convey the underlying engineering science and the approaches required to apply this to the discipline-specific problems identified.

Tutorials support the students' self-study in reading around the lecture material and learning to solve the practical engineering problems posed by the Tutorial Questions.

Practical work enables students to obtain hands-on experience in analysing and designing real engineering problems using hardware and software tools.

The design assignment ensures the students are able to apply their learning.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A70N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report1M10Report and assessments x2, equally weighted
Report1M20Case study and simulink exercise. Report and Assessment. Maximum 14 hours.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

(1) The examination provides an appropriate way to assess both theoretical understanding and practical problem solving skills under time constraint as required in industry.

(2) The case study and Simulink assignment enables more realistic engineering problems to be set and also assesses data acquisition and software skills, using a group approach.

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