MECT06008 2013 Project Build
On completion the learner will have successfully implemented a mechatronics automation project which will take input from a set of sensors measuring real world entities, use a program/logic to make decisions based on the input and drive a set of outputs to act in the real world based on the decisions made.
On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;
prepare a written project proposal
produce an system diagram and develop a written normal use case for the project (how it will operate)
Choose project components by comparing and contrasting different sensors/actuators based on datasheets
Extend a generic monitoring program to interface to various sensors and interfaces as needed in the project.
Assemble various modules of the project and test they operate as expected.
Produce and demonstrate a working model of the project which achieves the project objective
Participate in a project demonstration/interview process to appraise and evaluate the project outcome.
Prepare a written project report
Module Assessment Strategies
final written report
The main goal is that the learner will be able to develop a sensor/actuator based project which will be connected to a program (e.g. via a labjack/signal conditioning unit to a PC) which will make decisions based on the sensor input and drive actuators.
Ideas a wide and varied and can include:
- reading different temperature sensors and informing a user via text message.
- Controlling the humidity of a room.
- Water level detection with warning indicators/shut off operation
The learner should complete the learning outcomes given the following guidelines.
- A one page document consisting of title, essence (2-3 sentences) and a 3-5 paragraph description of operation
- A sketch/diagram
Project Diagram/circuit + components needed
- Developed at design time
Analysis of sensors/actuators needed
- decide on the most appropriate components based on cost/data sheet specifications/delivery time
Development of sub-systems
- Breadboarding of electronics
- interfacing to various systems (e.g. texting system, signal conditioning box)
- developing a monitoring program
Implementation of working solution
Submission of project report
Coursework & Assessment Breakdown
|Title||Type||Form||Percent||Week||Learning Outcomes Assessed|
|1||Assignment Submission of Project Proposal/System diagram||Continuous Assessment||UNKNOWN||10 %||UNKNOWN||1,2|
|2||Project Project Assemble/Program/test project||Continuous Assessment||UNKNOWN||60 %||OnGoing||3,4,5,6|
|3||Interview Interview/Demonstration||Continuous Assessment||UNKNOWN||10 %||End of Term||7|
|4||Written Report Final written report||Continuous Assessment||UNKNOWN||20 %||UNKNOWN||8|
Full Time Mode Workload
|Laboratory Practical||Engineering Laboratory||Project work||5||Weekly||5.00|
The learner will need access to a set of components (sensors, actuators) which may need to be purchased on behalf of the learner. in a timely manner.