Learn the key skills and knowledge necessary to begin working with modern-day systems typically used in industrial automation and robotics.
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About the course
In response to industry demand for both theoretical and practical knowledge of mechatronics, we consulted with representatives from organisations such as Masco Window Group, Waldons, Renishaw, Airbourne Systems, and the Ministry of Defence to offer an introductory course that gives you the currently in-demand skills and knowledge needed to begin working with modern-day industrial mechatronic systems.
This introductory module gives you the mathematical skills needed to solve engineering problems. By learning to identify the appropriate technique for the specific problem at hand, it will help you understand the relevance of mathematics in engineering.
Basic Numeracy; Algebra: Linear Equations and Transposition of Formulae; Inequalities and Straight Line Graphs; Simultaneous Equations; Solutions of Non-Linear Polynomial Equations; Indices and Logarithms; The Exponential Function and the Natural Logarithm; Trigonometry; Differentiation: Rate of Change; Standard Derivatives; Rules of Differentiation; Higher Order Derivatives; Maximum and Minimum Values of a Function; Integration: Definite Integration; Applications of Integration; Numerical Integration; Statistics and Probability: Descriptive Statistics; Factorials, Permutations and Combinations; Binomial and Poisson Distributions.
This module introduces you to the basics of mechatronic systems and their industrial applications. You will learn about the components of mechanical and electrical systems and how they are interfaced together; the performance characteristics of sensor and measurement systems; and the process of calibration.
Introduction to Mechatronics; Measurement Systems for Mechatronics: Sensors; Performance and Terminology; Signal conditioning; Data Representation Systems; Actuation Systems for Mechatronics: Electrical actuation systems; Mechanical actuation systems; Modelling and Controller Design: Modelling for Mechatronic Systems; Controller Design; Mechatronics System Design.
This module introduces you to engineering principles in the areas of static and dynamic. You will investigate a number of major scientific principles which underpin the design and operation of engineering systems and solve basic engineering problems.
Basic and derived SI units; Use of vectors; Forces, moments, torques; Conditions of equilibrium; Analysis of simple frameworks and structures; Basic stress and strain, Poisson's ratio, elastic constants; Thermal stress; Shear force and bending moments; Newton's law of motion; Kinematics of linear and angular motion; Work, power, energy; Torsion; Momentum and impulse; Projectiles; Friction.
This module introduces you to basic analogue electronics components and systems and the basic building blocks of digital logic circuits. You will learn to analyse, synthesise, design and test electronic circuits and systems using these concepts.
Electronic Systems Overview; Analogue Electronics Fundamentals; Atomic Structure; Transistor Operation; Timing Circuits; Operational Amplifiers; Introduction to Negative Feedback and Effects; Field Effect Transistors; Introduction to Digital Signals and Systems; Number Systems; Combinational Logic; Sequential Logic; Shift Registers.
Students who successfully complete any three modules will be eligible to apply for a University Certificate in Mechatronics.