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MEC8057 : Mechatronics and Mobile Robotics

Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

The module aims to equip students with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of key mechatronic concepts and their specific applications to the robust design of mobile robotic systems. Topics covered include: an overview of the philosophy and methodology of mechatronic systems; introduction to embedded processors, programming, interfacing and analogue electronics; practical experience in the design and development of a mechatronic system, a knowledge and understanding of mobile robots, robot kinematics, mobile robot design principles and sensor/control systems.

Outline Of Syllabus

-       - Introduction to the philosophy and methodology of mechatronics, including the design and manufacture of mechatronic products.
-       - Review of mechatronic machine systems, control, programming and computational requirements.
-       - Embedded processor design and interfacing, including ADC, DAC, serial/parallel communication protocols.
-       - Real-time computational requirements including effects of quantization and aliasing
-       - Application and selection of sensors, review of signal conditioning techniques and analogue/digital electronics.
-       - Introduction to the design and configuration of mobile robots, controller architectures and applications
-       - Kinematics and trajectory control of mobile robots, including modelling and simulation
-       - Sensor control of mobile robots for localisation, navigation and obstacle avoidance
-       - Design and development of a fully functional mobile robot mechatronic system

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture81:008:00Topical lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:001:00In-lab coursework assessment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:001:00Computer based examination
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1010:00100:00Practical application of material learnt towards a goal orientated project.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion83:0024:00Computer based tutorials and trial exams.
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading252:0050:00Recommended reading for required knowledge of module.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching82:0016:00Drop-in problem classes ("tutorials") to support independent study and reinforce skills practice.
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Learning outcomes are addressed by a series of introductory lectures on each topic supplemented by academically supported tutorials. Essential reading references are given to direct the students to the more in depth knowledge required for the module. Practical skills are introduced through a series of supported lab classes. The team based assignment gives the opportunity, through practical implementation of the material covered in the module, for team working, for students to support each other in their learning and gives the students a focus on what needs to be learnt. This team based approach to the practical work also allows the module to be manageable for large cohorts of students.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination602A40Computer based exam to cover full syllabus
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report2M60Demonstration of project coursework
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The team based assignment is based around utilising the knowledge and skills developed throughout the module and a means of assessing how well the students can apply these skills and knowledge. The individual computer based exam covers the engineering material learnt over the duration of the course and the skills learnt during development of the project based assignment. It assesses the same material as the assignment but under time constraint conditions and as this is an individual assessment, allows for an assessment of each individual student understanding to ensure they have contributed to the team assignment.

Reading Lists

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