ACS6502 Mechatronics for Robotics

Module Description (subject to change)

This module covers methods to represent, analyse and design mechanical, electrical, computational systems and control, and their integration into mechatronic systems. This module will enable students to design, analyse, develop and integrate and evaluate mechatronic systems. The module includes lectures on the principles of mechatronic systems, 2D/3D CAD design, fabrication, sensors and instrumentation, actuation, digital data acquisition, signal pre-processing, hardware interfaces, microcontroller programming and peripherals; practicals on analysing mechatronic components; and project on developing a mechatronic system.

Credits: 15 (Autumn Semester)

Module Leader

Dr Shuhei Miyashita
Amy Johnson Building

If you have any questions about the module please talk to me during the lectures or the labs in the first instance. It is likely that other students will learn from any questions you ask as well, so don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Outside of lectures please contact me via email, or drop in to see me in my office.

Other teaching staff

Dr Dana Damian

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module students will be able to:

    (LO1) Capture and analyse the specifications of basic mechatronic components and systems, including sensors and actuators for mechatronic and robotics systems;
    (LO2) Integrate and interface (on industry-relevant hardware and software) basic mechatronic components and sub-systems;
    (LO3) Create from first principles simple mechatronic systems (hardware and software) to achieve specific functionality;
    (LO4) Present a developed mechatronic system at sufficient technical detail for an expert audience to appreciate the design, analysis and performance of a mechatronic system;
    (LO5) Use industry standard CAD, hardware and software tools/platforms to design and analyse mechatronic systems.

This module satisfies the AHEP3 (Accreditation of Higher Education Programmes, Third Edition) Learning Outcomes that are listed in brackets after each learning outcome above. For further details on AHEP3 Learning Outcomes, see the downloads section of our accreditation webpage.




Teaching Methods

Learning and Teaching Methods

NOTE: This summary of teaching methods is representative of a normal Semester. Owing to the ongoing disruption from Covid-19, the exact method of delivery will be different in 2020/21.

  • Lectures - 10 hours
  • Laboratory sessions - 33 hours
  • Independent Work - 107 hours
Teaching Materials

Learning and Teaching Materials

All teaching materials will be available via Blackboard (MOLE).



The module is assessed through coursework only:

    Practicals-based assignments: 40% (LO1-3,5)
    Project video presentation: 20% (LO4)
    Project Report and Mechatronics Knowledge Review (PRoMeK): 40% (LO1-3,5)


Students will receive written feedback on all assignments, and receive oral feedback during weekly practical and project sessions.

Student Evaluation

Student Evaluation

Students are encouraged to provide feedback during the module direct to the lecturer. Students will also have the opportunity to provide formal feedback via the Faculty of Engineering Student Evaluation Survey at the end of each semester.

You can view the latest Department response to the survey feedback here.

Recommended Reading

Recommended Reading

1) Exploring Arduino: Tools and Techniques for Engineering Wizardry, Jeremy Blum, Wiley , 2013

2) Arduino Workshop. Hohn Boxall, No Starch Press, 2013

3) Mechatronics (Electronic Control Systems in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering), William Bolton, 6th Ed, Pearson, 2015

4) Introduction to Mechatronics Design, J. Edward Carryer, R. Matthew Ohline and Thomas W. Kenny, Pearson, 2010