COMP06189 2013 Introduction to Programming for Mechatronics

General Details

Full Title
Introduction to Programming for Mechatronics
Transcript Title
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Subject Area
COMP - Computing
MENG - Mech. and Electronic Eng.
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2013 - Full Academic Year 2013-14
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Fergal Henry
Programme Membership
SG_EMTRN_C06 201500 Higher Certificate in Engineering in Mechatronics SG_EMANU_B07 201700 Bachelor of Engineering in Engineering SG_EMECH_B07 201700 Bachelor of Engineering in Engineering Mechatronics Systems Engineering SG_EMTRN_C06 201500 Higher Certificate in Engineering in Mechatronics SG_EGENE_X07 201700 Bachelor of Engineering in Engineering in General SG_EGENE_X06 201700 Higher Certificate in Engineering in Engineering in General SG_EMECH_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Engineering in Engineering in Mechatronics

This module is a basic introduction to programming techniques. Programs are created graphically using flowcharts. In some instances a short segment of high level code such as C may be inserted into a flowchart. These programs are tested on a microcontroller simulator. Then an actual device is programmed and tested in real time. A typical example of such a device is a robotic buggy with basic sensors and actuators. The purpose of this module is to provide engineering students with a practical application-driven introduction to programming prior to embarking on writing high level code.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Convert between decimal, binary and hexadecimal number systems.


Explain how data types, constants and variables are used in computer programming.


Construct a program in the form of a flowchart and / or short segment of high level code.


Write programs / flowcharts to read inputs, process them and write outputs.


Test programs / flowcharts by compiling them, simulating them and downloading them to a microprocessor-based device.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

It is proposed that a workplace engagement component will be introduced to this module via a guest lecturer from industry, an industrial site visit or a work-based assignment where possible.

Indicative Syllabus

Number Systems and Codes: Decimal, Binary, Hexadecimal and ASCII.

Data Types: Bit, Byte, Integer, Floating Point, Signed and Unsigned, String.

Constants and Variables.

Programs and Flowcharts.

Memory: Code and Data Memory.

Functions: Component macros.

Inputs: Flowchart to read digital inputs from a bank of switches, a keypad or an ADC to a microprocessor device.

Loops: Conditional and unconditional while loops, Connection Points.

Decisions: If statements and switch statements.

Calculations / Processing: Arithmetic, Modulus, Logical, Shifting, Masking.

Timing: Flowchart with time delays to debounce switches, multiplex seven segment displays and drive servo / stepper motors.

Outputs: Flowcharts to write digital outputs from a microprocessor device to a bank of LEDs, seven segment displays or an LCD.

Computer File System: Flowchart to read a file from and write a file to a memory card.

Integration of Code: Insertion of a small segment of C code into a flowchart.

Testing: Compilation, Simulation and Downloading of Programs to a basic robotic buggy.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Practical Evaluation Lab Exercises Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 50 % OnGoing 3,4,5
2 Continuous Assessment Quizes Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 20 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4
3 Practical Evaluation Practical Exam Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 30 % End of Term 3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Theory Lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Laboratory Practical Engineering Laboratory Practical 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Module Resources

Other Resources

Flowcode software installed in Electronics labs.

Additional Information