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MECH1300 Introduction to Mechatronics and Robotics

10 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: Professor Sheng Q Xie

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

An ever increasing number of mechatronic systems and robots are finding their way into our daily lives. Mechatronic systems synergistically integrate computer science, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering. Robotics systems can be viewed as a subset of mechatronics that focuses on sophisticated control of moving devices. The aim of this module is to expose students to the fundamentals of these systems. It will cover topics including introduction to mechatronic and robotic systems, types of robotic mechanisms and structures, robotic systems and their applications, motion planning and control, ABB robots and programming, and forward and inverse kinematics of robotic manipulators.


This module gives students an understanding of various types of robotics and mechatronic systems, starting from basic principles of robots to their numerous applications and different types of robots. It provides students with the basic understanding of the knowledge required to design, control, and analyse appropriate robotic mechanisms for various applications.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:

- Demonstrate an appreciation of how the disciplines of electrical and mechanical engineering, and computing are integrated to form mechatronic and robotic systems;
- Demonstrate an understanding of electrical and mechanical engineering principles underpinning a representative range of mechatronic and robotic systems;
- Identify the basic modules of a typical robotic system and classify the performance of various robotic mechanisms and systems;
- Demonstrate an awareness of the range of software tools used in robotic systems and use basic software tools to develop and implement a simple robotic application;
- Appreciate the wide range of applications of robotic systems, and how to evaluate these in terms of business, customer and user needs;
- Demonstrate an understanding of the commercial, economic and social context in which mechatronic and robotic systems are applied.


- Robotic mechanisms;
- Parallel and serial robots;
- Mechatronic devices and systems;
- Forward and inverse kinematics;
- Singularity, workspace analysis and applications;
- Mechatronic and robotic systems and applications.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Example Class51.005.00
Private study hours71.00
Total Contact hours29.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Students are expected to use private study time to consolidate the material covered in lectures and to prepare for examples classes and practical classes.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

An online discussion board will be monitored during specified times each week and potential to have quiz every 2 weeks. 

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Group ProjectCase Study30.00
PracticalSimulink Project10.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)40.00

The re-sit format for this module will follow the policy for all standard MECH modules and will require students to re-sit the final written examination, as described in the CoPA.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment2 hr 60.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)60.00

The re-sit format for this module will follow the policy for all standard MECH modules and will require students to re-sit the final written examination, as described in the CoPA.

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 30/06/2021 16:23:29


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