MECH ENG 7071 - Mechatronics II
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2022
General Course Information
Course Code MECH ENG 7071 Course Mechatronics II Coordinating Unit School of Mechanical Engineering Term Semester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 4 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Course Description This course will equip students with advanced knowledge in programmable logic controller (PLC) technology to solve problems related to mechatronic systems. Small-group projects and practicals will be used to provide important hands-on experience to solve mechatronic engineering problems. Students will also gain a modern and practical understanding on remote control via human-machine interface (HMI) based on the supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) technology. .
Course Coordinator: Dr Lei Chen
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1 Demonstrate basic programming skills with PLCs; 2 Demonstrate an understanding of data types, CPU memory, I/O; 3 Demonstrate the ability to program automation processes using PLCs; 4 Control simple devices such as motors and cylinders using PLCs; 5 Discuss the architecture of Micro-controller systems; and 6 Design a simple real-time Micro-controller system.
The above course learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer.
The course is designed to develop the following Elements of Competency: 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
Access to Mechtronics Lab (S311b & S311c), Printed Lecture Notes from the Image & Copy Centre, Access to MyUni, Access to a printer.
Printed Lecture Notes from the Image & Copy Centre, Library text books on PLC, access to a printer, access to the internet, access to TURNITIN.
Course material provided via MyUni.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
Teaching and learning modes for this course are through contact lectures, computer laboratories in the Mechtronics Lab (S311b & S311c) and self-study. The lectures provide the background theory for the subject, and the computer laboratories provide learners with the practical experience in using PLC software to solve engineering problems. The PLC projects are an integral part of the course learning and outcomes, and are used to develop the graduate attributes of the learners. The projects also enable students to demonstrate their knowledge gained from the course by independently solving complex engineering problems. Lab reporting is a formative part of the learning experience and provides learners with the ability to communicate their understanding of the course material to wider enegineering community professionally.
The information below is provided only as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
Lecture Contact Hours: 24 hours Lab Contact Hours: 24 hours PLC Project: > 50 hours Exam Preparation: 34 hours Lab reports: 12 hours Lecture preparation: 12 hours Total: 156 hours
Learning Activities Summary
- Structure of PLC (3 lectures)
- Basic Concepts for PLC Programming (3 lectures)
- Data Types (3 lectures)
- CPU Memory (3 lectures)
- Input/Output Control (3 lectures)
- Building and Running Projects (3 lectures)
- Microcontroller introduction (6 lectures)
Specific Course Requirements
Access to Mechtronics Lab (S311b & S311c) will be required to complete the lab sessions and the PLC Projects.
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Formative/ Summative Due (week)* Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes PLC Projects 30 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Final exam 70 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Total 100
This assessment breakdown complies with the University's Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy.
The above is an outline of the assessment for this course. Please note that while every effort has been made to ensure that this information reflects an accurate plan, the coordinator reserves the right to make changes that ensure the continual improvement of the course. Any such changes will be made clear during the lectures and via MyUni.
Assessment Related Requirements
Completion of the PLC Projects with a grading of Pass or higher is required.
The PLC projects provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their comprehension of the course material. The projects are marked and included in the final assessment so that students take them seriously.
The examination is a summative assessment and is intended to assess the student’s knowledge and understanding of the course material and how it fits into the global engineering context. The final examination is open-book.
The project reports will be submitted through MyUni.
Late submission of the reports will not be accepted as the answers will be discussed at the following lecture the next day.
The Late Penalty for assignments and the PLC Project is 10% per each end of day. Hence weekends lose 3 days = 30%.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.
Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.
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