Aug 13, 2020  
2019 - 2020 Cowley College Academic Catalog 
2019 - 2020 Cowley College Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]



3 Credit Hours

Student Level:

This course is open to students on the college level in either the freshman or sophomore year and to area high school vocational students.

Catalog Description:

MLL3600 - Mechatronic Systems (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 it’s applications to industries.

Course Classification:




Controlling Purpose:

This course is designed to help the student increase their knowledge regarding fundamentals of industrial related technical documentation comprehension and production.

Learner Outcomes:

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: Introduction to Mechatronic Engineering

Outcome: Student 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 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: Student 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: Student will be able to successfully use computer based systems.

  • Utilize basic control over CAD systems in mechatronic designs.
  • Utilize basic computer programs in mechatronic designs.
  • Utilize internet resources to research and augment mechatronic designs.
  • Describe how to safely use computers to avoid loss of proprietary information and maintain security.

UNIT 4: Technical Reading and Writing in Mechatronics

Outcomes: Student will be able to successfully read and write technical documents.

  • Read and write operation procedures.
  • Read and write emergency action plans.
  • Read and write professional letters.
  • Read and write reports.

UNIT 5: Laboratory Applications of Mechatronics

Outcomes: Students will be able to successfully demonstrate the basics of mechatronic disciplines.

  • Present the operation of mechanical systems.
  • Present the operation of computer systems.
  • Present the operation of electronic systems.
  • Present the operation of control systems.
  • Identify the mechatronic disciplines in an integrated system.
  • Present the functioning of a robotic system.
  • Describe the function of a system using schematics.
  • Identify the type of system by the schematic.

Projects Required:

Refer to Syllabus


Contact Bookstore for current textbook.

Attendance Policy:

Students should adhere to the attendance policy outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.

Grading Policy:

The grading policy will be outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.

Maximum class size:

Based on classroom occupancy.

Course Time Frame:

The U.S. Department of Education, Higher Learning Commission and the Kansas Board of Regents define credit hour and have specific regulations that the college must follow when developing, teaching and assessing the educational aspects of the college.  A credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally-established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester hour of credit or an equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time.  The number of semester hours of credit allowed for each distance education or blended hybrid courses shall be assigned by the college based on the amount of time needed to achieve the same course outcomes in a purely face-to-face format.

Refer to the following policies:

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.