MECT07026 2019 Mechatronics Project 300

General Details

Full Title
Mechatronics Project 300
Transcript Title
Mechatronics Project 300
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Subject Area
MECT - Mechatronics
MENG - Mech. and Electronic Eng.
07 - NFQ Level 7
10 - 10 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
John Hession, Eamonn Reddin, Kevin Collins
Programme Membership
SG_EMTRN_B07 201900 Bachelor of Engineering in Mechatronic Engineering SG_EMTRN_J07 201900 Bachelor of Engineering in Mechatronic Engineering (Add-on) SG_EMTRN_J07 202000 Bachelor of Engineering in Mechatronic Engineering SG_EMSYS_B07 201900 Bachelor of Engineering in Mechatronic Systems SG_EROBO_S07 201900 Level 7 Special Purpose Award in Robotics and Industrial Communications SG_EMECH_H08 202100 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechatronic Systems

This 10 credit module involves the design, construction and reporting of a mechatronics project which will typically involve the following elements:

1. Visual interface. e.g. computer screen, lcd readout, control panel with indicator lights

2. Data acquisition. i.e. measurement using appropriate sensors with conversion of signals where necessary from analog to digital and vice versa.

3. Control. The project should be capable of maintaining a measured property within defined limits and be able to cope with small disturbances. Alternatively there could be decision-making based on machine vision or counting/sorting functions. Switching something on and off is not sufficient.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Design a system typically incorporating a visual interface, data acquisition and control to meet a defined aim


Demonstrate the application of theory covered in Level 7 in the design of hardware for the project. Students are encouraged to use 3-D printing technology either in prototyping or the manufacture of final components.


Research and select components/software/control methods


Assess the potential safety hazards associated with the project and complete the corresponding risk assessment form.


Demonstrate the ability to plan and manage the project (inc.budget and time)


Build and test a system typically incorporating a visual interface, data acquisition and control to meet a defined aim


Evaluate the project and made recommendations as appropriate


Effectively communicate the project concept, project plan and design via areport, presentation and interview

Module Assessment Strategies

Physical project 50%

Evidence of planning 10%

Presentation 10%

Report 30%


Indicative Syllabus


  1. -Implementation of Project Management skills (e.g. Gantt Charts, Budget control)

  2. - Risk Assessment

  3. - Concept Design and Evaluation

  4. - Research and selection of components/software

  5. - Detailed design involving as appropriate: Instrumentation; Data Acquisition, PLC programming, Robotics; Vision systems;Process control; Motor Control.

    The techniques in 5 above are commonly encountered in industrial systems (electrical, mechanical, fluid and thermal.)


Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Project construction and operation Coursework Assessment UNKNOWN 50 % End of Year 1,2,3,6
2 Performance Evaluation of project planning Coursework Assessment UNKNOWN 10 % OnGoing 4,5
3 Presentation of finished project Coursework Assessment UNKNOWN 10 % End of Year 8
4 Written Report of project Coursework Assessment UNKNOWN 30 % End of Year 1,2,3,7,8

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Directed Learning Engineering Laboratory Supervised project work 6 Weekly 6.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 6.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources





 Gray and Larson  Project Management  McGraw-Hill  2006












Other Resources


Additional Information