Course Descriptions for the Engineering Physics Diploma (Mechatronics)


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    Below you can find a simple summary of the Engineering courses which are required for the Diploma.


 ENGR 210 Circuit Analysis

This course is an introduction to circuit analysis. This is not a course on physics but on a mathematical abstraction (a model) used to represent a variety of engineering problems (one of which, of course, is the solution of physical electric and electronics circuits). This course assumes that the student has a working knowledge of ordinary linear differential equations, basic integral-differential calculus, a thorough knowledge of complex numbers arithmetic and representations, the physics background that describes the basic electromagnetic entities and relationships, Fourier transforms, Laplace transforms. The students will also learn phasor analysis and AC power; transfer functions; Bode plots; filters and resonance; transformers, two-port networks.

Course Topics:

  • Basic circuit variables, Ohm’s Law (review)
  • Voltage and current sources
  • Real source models (Thevenin/Helmholtz's and Norton/Helmholtz's).
  • Parallel connection vs. series connection (review)
  • Kirchoff's Laws: Voltage Law (KVL) and Current Law (KCL) (review)
  • Modified Nodal Analysis, Loop Analysis.
  • 1st order circuits (review)
  • 2nd order circuits
  • AC circuits (including steady-state analysis, power analysis, 3-phase circuits, frequency response)
  • Two-port networks

 ENGR 310+Engr 320 :  Electronics I and II

 These courses cover the fundamental topics of analog and digital electronics in a lecture + lab format.

 The following topics will be covered:

 Thevenin circuits

  1. RC circuits and filters
  2. Diodes and semiconductor physics
  3. Bipolar Junction Transistors
  4. Field Effect Transistors
  5. Operational Amplifiers
  6. Active filters and oscillators
  7. Differential and instrumentation amplifiers
  8. Basics of digital logic
  9. Logic families and basics of internal gate structure
  10. Combinatorial logic
  11. Sequential logic
  12. Analog/digital conversion
  13. Digital design (Mealy/Moore machines)
  14. Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) and Verilog

 Laboratory sessions will focus on applications of the above topics. Electronics II will culminate in a final project designed to synthesize multiple topics from both Electronics I and II.


 ENGR 320  Electronics II will continue from where Electronics I (Engr 310) left off.


 ENGR 350 Sensors and Actuators

This course provides an introduction to sensors and actuators for electromechanical, computer-controlled machines and devices. Topics include operating principles, design considerations, and applications of analog sensors, digital transducers, stepper motors, continuous-drive actuators, and drive system electronics. Component integration and design considerations are studied through examples selected from applications of machine tools, mechatronics, precision machines, robotics, aerospace systems, and ground and underwater vehicles. Laboratory exercises strengthen the understanding of component performance, system design and integration.

ENGR 330 Automatic Control Systems

 This course is an introductory course on automatic control. The main goal of the course is to provide the students with basic tools in modeling, analysis and design for linear feedback control systems. Students will learn how to model mechanical, electrical, and electromechanical systems as differential equations and transfer functions. The analysis in this course includes stability of open-loop and closed-loop systems, time responses and frequency responses of low order systems. The design methods are divided into root-locus techniques and frequency response techniques using Bode plots for designing PID and lead/lag controllers. Students will also learn how to apply the automatic control theory to real engineering problems with Matlab and through laboratory exercises.  This course will give the basic knowledge for more advanced control courses, such as state-space control techniques, nonlinear control, robust control, optimal control, adaptive control, digital control, sampled-data control, hybrid control, and system identification.

 ENGR 340 Microprocessors and Embedded Systems

 This course provides basic microcomputer architecture, design and analysis of address decoders and memory systems, design and analysis of assembly language programs and microcomputer system design.

 The following topics will be covered:

1. Basic microcomputer architecture and the memory maps.

2. Design and analysis of address decoders and memory systems.

3. Addressing modes.

4. Instruction sets.

5. Design and analysis of assembly language programs.

6. Design and analysis of parallel and serial interfaces.

7. Design and analysis of A/D and D/A converter systems.

8. Microcomputer system design.

9. Review of object-oriented programming: Data structures, algorithms, and embedded programming techniques.

10. Translation from high level languages (e.g., C) to assembly and machine language.

11. Introduction to embedded systems programming using high level languages (e.g., C).

12. Review of C programming techniques and object oriented programming:

Data structures, algorithms, and embedded programming techniques.

Laboratory sessions include experiments on microprocessor-based hardware design, assembly and C language program development, programming and interface with I/O devices and dedicated sessions to design and accomplish a laboratory project.

ENGR 390 Mechatronics Project

This is the capstone course of the project.

Students will apply the knowledge gained in the course so far to specific projects.  Typically the student will do between 2 and 4 projects. The students will function as if they are in industry with many interim reports given to the instructor as the projects progress. Students will be expected to make oral presentations of their project to the rest of the class and will be marked on the quality of their presentation as well as the quality of their project and their written project report.

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