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 2

Module aims

This module aims at building up from basic knowledge of Mechatronics acquired in the first year module, to develop real-life circuits with advanced electronics components. Students will also learn about the fundamentals of Control Theory.

ECTS units: 5

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module students will be able to:

1. Solve basic linear and non-linear circuits by applying the fundamental laws of electronics

2. Derive electrical equivalents of  linear and non-linear circuits

3. Analyse an analog-to-digital converter and a digital-to-analog converter

4. Analyse and design circuit elements such as BJT transistor, operational amplifiers and first order passive and active filters

5. Determine the behaviour of first and second order dynamic systems in the Laplace domain and develop closed loop control systems, with proportional, integral and derivative control

Module syllabus

Linear electrical circuits

Non-linear electronic circuits

Analogue to Digital and Digital to Analogue Conversion

BJT  Transistors

Operational Amplifiers

Passive and active first order filters

Proportional control of first and second order systems

Elements of PID control



Teaching methods

Students will be introduced to the main topics through lectures, supported by technology (PowerPoint, Panapto and Blackboard). Short activities (using interactive pedagogies) will occasionally be introduced in the classroom setting to reinforce learning, for example through mentimeter and the like. You will be provided with problem solving sheets and should complete these as part of your independent study. Tutorials sessions will provide small group interaction with teaching staff where you are expected to engage in discussion on specific problems. 


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

Reading list

Module leaders

Professor Ferdinando Rodriguez Y Baena