Mechatronic Team Project 3G SIT3011

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Engineering
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 3 (SCQF level 9)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

Students are divided into teams of about 4-6 that design and construct a mechatronic system to perform assigned tasks, on time and within budget. Typically the system is based on a wheeled robot chassis. The project, which is highly competeative, changes every year and generally has industrial sponsorship.



Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses






% Type Details

20 Interim assessment Progress of the team during the first half of the project

20 Team report Joint report, with notes from individuals on their subsystems

10 Team presentation Including demonstration of final product

20 Performance of product Judged against the specification

10 Innovative features Features which add to the project

10 Individual log book Technical record of individual contribution

10 Individual report Personal contribution made to team with reflective comments

The final mark may be adjusted in accordance with a student's individual contribution.

40% by 2 practical assignments, each /20, reports to be submitted by dates TBC.Reassessment

In accordance with the University's Code of Assessment reassessments are normally set for all courses which do not contribute to the honours classifications. For non honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students, and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions are listed below in this box.

Main Assessment In: August

Course Aims

This project provides experience of working in a team to develop a mechatronic system that must perform a specified function. It integrates material taught in numerous courses, both electrical and mechanical. The project also introduces planning and the need to keep a budget.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ analyse the requirements of the project to develop an overall design

■ describe the product development cycle: specification, interpretation, presentation, product specification, product development plan; prototype construction, demonstration

■ design, construct and test electronic hardware to perform specific functions

■ design, populate and test printed circuit boards

■ interface electronic and mechanical systems

■ select and use appropriate components using manufacturers' information, such as data sheets

■ program a microcontroller including design, implementation and test of the software

■ maintain control of the budget

■ keep a personal log book as a record of technical work

■ use project planning methodology, such as PERT, defining milestones and measuring achievement against these, and revising the schedule where necessary

■ display initiative in running a project without undue reliance on the supervisor

■ perform productively in a team, recognising the contributions from all members

present their work in a written report and oral presentation

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must attend at least 90% of timetabled meetings with the supervisor, take part in all presentations, contribute to all team reports and must maintain and submit a log book and reflective report. Students who make insufficient practical contribution to the effort of the team will be refused credit.