MECT06008 2013 Project Build

General Details

Full Title
Project Build
Transcript Title
N/A %
Subject Area
MECT - Mechatronics
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
Ian Craig
Programme Membership
SG_EMECH_B07 201300 Bachelor of Engineering in Engineering in Mechatronics SG_EMTRN_C06 201500 Higher Certificate in Engineering in Mechatronics

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.

Learning Outcomes

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

Continuous assessment

Project interview/demonstration

final written report

Indicative Syllabus

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.

Project Proposal

  • 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

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

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

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Laboratory Practical Engineering Laboratory Project work 5 Weekly 5.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 5.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources


Other Resources


Additional Information

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.