KON-C2004 Mechatronics Basics will be arranged for the first time during the second period in autumn 2015. This course replaces the old course Kon-41.3140 Mechatronics Sensors and Actuators and the planned but never arranged course KON-C2002 Mechatronics Sensors and Actuators.
The course is arranged during only one period. This means doing 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 first lecture is on Monday 26.10. and the final exam is 7.12.
The contents of this course are very similar to the contents of its predecessor, i.e. Mechatronics Sensors and Actuators, but with some additional material about control systems etc. 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 basic electronics and mechanics 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 electrical questions (ohms law, kirchoffs law, inductance etc) and mechanical questions (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 of the course home page.
The course book is Alciatore & Histand, Introduction to mechatronics and measurement systems. We will not follow the book closely, however, it is a pretty good book covering all the subjects of this course so you might want to at least read it in the library before the final exam. 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 internet sources, of which the quality or comprehensiveness is not guaranteed.
The exercises in this course contain calculations, simulations and essays. Simulation exercises are emphasized since they can give a good understanding to the dynamics of a system. The simulations are done using Matlab Simulink so some previous experience with Matlab and/or Simulink will make your life easier but is not required. Passing most of the weekly exercise rounds is mandatory in order to pass the course.
Remember to enroll into the course in Oodi on time. Enrolling is possible 28.9. - 2.11.