SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 10.00
ECTS Credit Points 5.00
Module Code MHH724733
Module Leader George Cullen
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject SCEBE - School Office
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Level 3 BSc (Hons) Mechatronics Programme modules

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. The syllabus consists of a list of topics normally covered within the module. Each topic may not be dealt with in the same detail.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the module the student should be able to:- identify and search appropriate information sources such as technical literature, brochures, etc.- De-construct a problem into system elements- Identify working principles from an examination of existing products and processes.- Make a working prototype of a mechatronic product/process

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Formal lectures by academic staff and visiting practicioners. 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

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

Transferrable Skills

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

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Seminars (FT) 24.00
Independent Learning (PT) 76.00
Independent Learning (FT) 76.00
Seminars (PT) 24.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 0.00 25.00 n/a Presentation
Coursework 0.00 25.00 n/a Presentation
Coursework 0.00 50.00 n/a Model Fabrication