Responsible teacher, lecturer: Raine Viitala
Main assistant: Ivar Koene
In cases of any questions or issues, please use the general discussion forum, or contact the teachers directly via email.
Introduction of the course
The course is arranged during only one period. This means 5 credits worth of studying, i.e. nominally 135 hours, during seven weeks. Therefore, be prepared to allocate enough time for the lectures and the exercises in your calendar. The course starts with the first lecture on Tuesday 30st of October and the final exam is 13th of December.
This course is, as its name suggests, a basics level course which covers a very wide area of subjects in as much detail as we have time for. This course does not have official prerequisites, however, some understanding of electrical and mechanical engineering is required to succesfully pass the exercices and to follow the lectures. These basics are not taught on this course. The first introductory exercise round will have basic exercises about electrical engineering (Ohm's law, Kirchoff's law, inductance etc.) and mechanical engineering (gears, kinetic energy, inertia etc.) to ensure that everyone has at least some knowledge of them. If you have never heard of these concepts, the course book has a very good and short basic electrics chapter and the equations for the mechanics can be found in the equation collection in the Other material page in MyCourses.
The course book is Alciatore & Histand: Introduction to mechatronics and measurement systems. We will not follow
the book; however, it is a relatively good book covering all the
subjects of this course. If you do not have the book, you will
have to rely on the lecture slides, which do not have all the necessary
information, and all the available internet resources.
The exercises in this
course contain calculations, simulations and essays. Simulation
exercises are emphasized since they can give a good understanding of the
dynamics of a complex system. The simulations are conducted using Matlab Simulink, which indicates that previous experience with Matlab and/or Simulink will make your
life easier but is not required. The weekly exercises are the most important part of this course and thus passing most of the weekly exercise
rounds is mandatory in order to pass the course. Last year, according to the feedback, solving the weekly exercises took on average almost nine hours per week. Be prepared for something similar.
Remember to enroll into the course in Oodi on time. Enrolling is possible between October 1nd and November 5th. Check also the Exercise and MyCourses instructions in Other material page.