Mechatronic Design

The details
Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (School of)
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 13 December 2024
17 June 2022


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BENGH730 Mechatronic Systems,
BENGH731 Mechatronic Systems (Including Year Abroad),
BENGH732 Mechatronic Systems (Including Placement Year),
BENGH733 Mechatronic Systems (Including Foundation Year),
BSC H737 Mechatronics,
BSC H738 Mechatronics (including Placement Year),
BSC H739 Mechatronics (including Year Abroad)

Module description

This module gives a high-level view of the design process of mechatronics systems. It provides students with background knowledge on mechatronics and discusses applications and types of such systems. The module introduces and builds upon previous knowledge of relevant main components, such as sensors and actuators, and their operational characteristics. The students also get exposed to aspects of mechatronic design, such as dividing a system to subsystems, mechanical design through specialised software, control design, and designing against failure.

Module aims

• Demonstrate awareness of critical components of mechatronics systems
• Develop analytical and problem solving skills for mechatronic systems' design
• Utilize a systems approach to complex problems
• Apply and transfer interdisciplinary systems engineering approaches to the field of mechatronics engineering

Module learning outcomes

After completing this module, students will be expected to be able to:

1. Demonstrate through examples the understanding of mechatronics systems and their components
2. Analyse the functions of structures such as robots and their embedded systems
3. Evaluate and compare methods of engineering design in mechatronics
4. Apply appropriate procedures to design projects that include various considerations

Module information


* Overview and preliminaries, automation
* Robotic elements, e.g. manipulators and vehicles
* Systematic design methodology
* Forward Kinematics
* Inverse Kinematics
* Mechanisms classification
* Modelling dynamic systems
* Linear and Non-Linear Control
* Introduction to optimisation
* Task planning and multi-agent systems

Learning and teaching methods

20 hours of lectures, 18 hours of laboratory, 2 hours revision lectures


The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course.
The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students.
Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Design Assignment    100% 
Exam  Main exam: In-Person, Open Book (Restricted), 120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) 
Exam  Reassessment Main exam: In-Person, Open Book (Restricted), 120 minutes during September (Reassessment Period) 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
40% 60%


Coursework Exam
40% 60%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Ali Kafash Hoshiar, email: a.kafashhoshiar@essex.ac.uk.
Dr Ali Kafash Hoshiar
School Office, email: csee-schooloffice (non-Essex users should add @essex.ac.uk to create full e-mail address), Telephone 01206 872770



External examiner

Dr Shadan Khan Khattak
Cardiff Metropolitan University
Senior Lecturer
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information

* Please note: due to differing publication schedules, items marked with an asterisk (*) base their information upon the previous academic year.

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