MEC3400 INTRODUCTION TO MECHATRONICS
3 Credit Hours
This course is open to high school and post-secondary level students.
MEC 3400 - Introduction to Mechatronics (3 hrs.)
At the completion of the course, the student will be able to comprehend, apply and evaluate relevant information while demonstrating technical proficiency in all skills and behaviors necessary to run basic machines and equipment in a safe manner. Students will also demonstrate a basic knowledge of mechatronics and its applications to industries.
This course is designed to help the student increase their knowledge regarding fundamentals of industrial related technical documentation comprehension and production.
Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to demonstrate a proficiency in reading and understanding technical documents. The student will also be able to demonstrate skills in producing documentation for safety, emergency management, and OSHA compliance.
Unit Outcomes for Criterion Based Evaluation:
The following outline defines the minimum core content not including the final examination period. Instructors may add other material as time allows.
UNIT 1: HISTORY OF MECHATRONIC ENGINEERING
Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, the students will be able to successfully describe the introduction of Mechatronics Engineering to modern industries.
- Identify the country that originated the mechatronic engineering discipline.
- Describe the impact mechatronic engineering has had on a specific industry.
- Identify jobs well suited to mechatronic engineering in a modern industry.
- Describe the mechatronics disciplines and how they apply to industry.
- Describe the mechatronics sub-disciplines and how they apply to industry.
UNIT 2: INTRODUCTION TO MECHATRONIC APPLICATION
Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, the students will be able to successfully describe the strengths of Mechatronic Engineering.
- Identify industrial applications of the mechatronic disciplines.
- Apply the mechatronic disciplines to design.
- Design an integrated system using mechatronic disciplines.
- Identify the strengths of mechatronic designed systems over modified systems.
UNIT 3: COMPUTER APPLICATIONS IN MECHATRONICS
Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, the students will be able to successfully use computer based systems.
- Demonstrate basic control over CAD systems.
- Demonstrate use of basic computer programs.
- Demonstrate basic use of internet resources.
- Describe how to safely use computers to avoid loss of proprietary information and maintain security.
UNIT 4: TECHNICAL READING AND WRITING IN MECHATRONICS
Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, the students will be able to successfully read and write technical documents.
- Demonstrate the ability to read and write operation procedures.
- Demonstrate the ability to read and write emergency action plans.
- Demonstrate the ability to read and write professional letters.
- Demonstrate the ability to read and write reports.
UNIT 5: LABORATORY APPLICATIONS OF MECHATRONICS
Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, the students will be able to successfully demonstrate the basics of mechatronic disciplines
- Demonstrate the operation of mechanical systems.
- Demonstrate the operation of computer systems.
- Demonstrate the operation of electronic systems.
- Demonstrate the operation of control systems.
- Identify the mechatronic disciplines in an integrated system.
- Demonstrate the functioning of a robotic system.
- Describe the functioning of a system using schematics.
- Be able to identify the type of system by the schematic.
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Students should adhere to the attendance policy outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.
The grading policy will be outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.
Maximum class size:
Based on classroom occupancy.
Course Time Frame:
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402.00 Academic Code of Conduct
263.00 Student Appeal of Course Grades
403.00 Student Code of Conduct
Disability Services Program:
Cowley College, in recognition of state and federal laws, will accommodate a student with a documented disability. If a student has a disability which may impact work in this class which requires accommodations, contact the Disability Services Coordinator.