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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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1understand the structure and implementation of modern industrial control systemsKnowledge of a discipline
2apply the basic principles and performance characteristics of common industrial actuators and mechanical power transmission systemsIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
3choose the appropriate actuator and transmission system for a specified loadIntellectual rigourCreativity
4understand 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 phenomenonIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
5design an instrumentation system incorporating amplification, signal conditioning and data acquisition, and determine key characteristics and accuracy of the systemCreativity
6explore basic robotics technologyKnowledge of a discipline
7demonstrate skills in effectively and safely using laboratory equipment in a team environment, and in reporting findings.Knowledge of a discipline

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

  1. understand the structure and implementation of modern industrial control systems
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. apply the basic principles and performance characteristics of common industrial actuators and mechanical power transmission systems
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. choose the appropriate actuator and transmission system for a specified load
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
  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: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  5. design an instrumentation system incorporating amplification, signal conditioning and data acquisition, and determine key characteristics and accuracy of the system
    • GA2: Creativity
  6. explore basic robotics technology
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  7. demonstrate skills in effectively and safely using laboratory equipment in a team environment, and in reporting findings.
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

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 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)
Assessment
Laboratory Reports20%
Project report30%
Exam: closed book50%
Notice

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

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Fee information

Domestic

Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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International

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