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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Advanced

Unit aim

Focuses on these modern technologies and their industrial applications, including robotics. Sensors and actuators are fundamental to the operation of machines under both manual and automatic control. There has been a revolution in the technology of electrical, hydraulic and pneumatic devices, incorporating miniaturisation and digital interfacing. The generic issues of measurement uncertainty and error analysis are also addressed.

Unit content

Introduction to electrical components, AC and DC circuits

AC and DC motors, electric motor selection  

Electro-hydraulic systems  

Pneumatic systems  

Mechanical power transmission  

Physics and design of sensors  

Sensor specification and dynamics  

Measurement uncertainty and experimental analysis  

Robotics technology

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 understand the structure and implementation of modern industrial control systems
2 apply the basic principles and performance characteristics of common industrial actuators and mechanical power transmission systems
3 choose the appropriate actuator and transmission system for a specified load
4 understand the basic physics behind a number of common sensor types, and be able to use manufacturer’s specifications to determine whether a sensor is suitable to measure a specified phenomenon
5 design an instrumentation system incorporating amplification, signal conditioning and data acquisition, and determine key characteristics and accuracy of the system
6 explore basic robotics technology
7 demonstrate skills in effectively and safely using laboratory equipment in a team environment, and in reporting findings.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. understand the structure and implementation of modern industrial control systems
    • GA4:
  2. apply the basic principles and performance characteristics of common industrial actuators and mechanical power transmission systems
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  3. choose the appropriate actuator and transmission system for a specified load
    • GA1:
    • GA2:
  4. understand the basic physics behind a number of common sensor types, and be able to use manufacturer’s specifications to determine whether a sensor is suitable to measure a specified phenomenon
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  5. design an instrumentation system incorporating amplification, signal conditioning and data acquisition, and determine key characteristics and accuracy of the system
    • GA2:
  6. explore basic robotics technology
    • GA4:
  7. demonstrate skills in effectively and safely using laboratory equipment in a team environment, and in reporting findings.
    • GA4: