Module information on this degree can be found below, separated by year of study.

The module information below applies for the current academic year. The academic year runs from August to July; the 'current year' switches over at the end of July.

Students select optional courses subject to rules specified in the Mechanical Engineering Student Handbook,  for example at most three Design and Business courses. Please note that numbers are limited on some optional courses and selection criteria will apply.

Mechatronics 1

Module aims

The aim of this module is to introduce Mechatronics as a fundamental concept for modelling and designing machine systems, and to encourage electrical systems to be modelled in a manner compatible with mechanical systems using 'system' concepts; to develop an ability to design, and select components for simple electromechanical systems; to develop mastery of modelling concepts which have direct equivalents in mechanical systems theory, e.g. equivalent characteristics, operating diagrams, complex impedance.

ECTS units: 5

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing this module, students will be able to:

1. Explain the principal characteristics of common electrical components, networks, logic gates, sensors and actuators

2. Explain the basis on which information is represented and processed electronically in analogue or binary form

3. Analyse simple electrical networks using Kirchhoff's laws to determine voltage, currents and energy exchanges under d.c. and a.c. excitation

4. Model a network of sources and impedances as a Thévenin source

5. Derive, in the form of a truth table, the input-output behaviour of a given network of basic logic gates

6. Express the structure of a simple analogue or digital network as a circuit diagram, using standard symbols


Module syllabus


Circuit elements

Waveforms and signals


Sensors and transducers

DC networks


Diodes and rectifiers

AC networks I

Electromagnetic actuators

Induction and transformers

AC networks II


Teaching methods

Allocation of study hours  
Lectures 24
Group teaching 10
Lab/ practical 3
Other scheduled  
Independent study 88
Total hours 125
ECTS ratio 25


Assessment type Assessment description Weighting Grading method Pass mark Must pass?
Examination 1.5 Hour exam 95% Numeric 40% Y
Examination Progress test 5%   40% N

Reading list

Core Reading

Module leaders

Professor Gregory Offer