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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

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

Module 1: Electrical Circuit: DC Analysis

Module 2: Fundamental AC Waveforms, Inductors, and Capacitors

Module 3. Series and Parallel AC Circuits

Module 4: DC Motors, Sensors, and Actuators

Module 5: Introduction to Robotics

Module 6. 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.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1 apply the basic principles and performance characteristics of common industrial actuators and mechanical power transmission systems
2 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
3 design an instrumentation system incorporating amplification, signal conditioning and data acquisition, and determine key characteristics and accuracy of the system
4 explore basic robotics technology.

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

  1. apply the basic principles and performance characteristics of common industrial actuators and mechanical power transmission systems
  2. 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
  3. design an instrumentation system incorporating amplification, signal conditioning and data acquisition, and determine key characteristics and accuracy of the system
  4. explore basic robotics technology.

Prescribed texts

  • Bolton, W, 2015, Mechatronics: Electronic Control Systems in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, 6th edn, Pearson, Global Ed. Harlow.
  • Boylestad, RL, 2016, Introductory Circuit Analysis, 13th edn, Pearson Publishers.
  • Craig, JJ, 2018, Introduction to Robotics, 4th edn, Pearson, Global Ed..
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.