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Unit description

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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • 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 study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Self-directed project 2 hours (8 weeks)
Laboratory session 2 hours (4 weeks)
Laboratory Reports20%
Project report30%
Exam: closed book50%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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