SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 10.00
ECTS Credit Points 5.00
Module Code M3H324732
Module Leader Martin MacDonald
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject SCEBE - School Office
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

Design, simulate, build and test a Mechatronic system to meet a given customer specification. This case study comprises important elements of a modern industrial design and development process such as the combination of individual and team work skills. Each element of the case study will have specific deadlines which must be adhered to, thus representing a realistic industrial design situation.


The module draws heavily on existing learning. The learning outcomes are largely result of consolidation activities provided by this module should additional material be required it will need to be learned by the students themselves under guidance from the mentors.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the module the student should be able to:1. Identify, search and select appropriate information such as literature, problem description, components and specifications for an appropriate mechatronic system considered (AM5).2. Deconstruct a problem into system elements (AM7)3. Demonstrate working principles from an examination of existing products and processes (AM9)4. Develop a working prototype of a Mechatronic product/process (AM8)

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Formal lectures by academic staff and visiting practitioners. This is an Individual/team project. There will be regular team meetings and mentors (staff) whose object is to steer the teams toward a solution and to offer guidance as needed. Students will draw heavily on learning from other modules. However, there will be many subjects of which they are inadequately aware. In these circumstances, they will be expected to find the information themselves. Staff may offer guidance and direction as necessary.

Indicative Reading

H. Taylor. (1998) Project Management. Gene F Franklin & J David Powell, Abbas Emami-Naeini. (2010) Feedback Control of Dynamic Systems, Pearson ISBN 0-201-52747-2 JE Shigley. (1986) Mechanical Engineering Design (Metric Version), First Edition, McGraw-Hill. Robert L. Flood, Michael C. Jackson (1991) Creative Problem Solving, Total System Intervention, John Wiley & Sons.

Transferrable Skills

Team working, project management, problem solving, information retrieval, presentation skills.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 64.00
Assessment (FT) 8.00
Seminars (FT) 28.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 3 n/a 25.00 35% Presentation 2
Coursework 2 n/a 50.00 35% Model Fabrication
Coursework 1 n/a 25.00 35% Presentation