Mechatronics (Top-Up) BEng (Hons)

Mechatronics lab with teaching
Location Stoke-on-Trent Campus
Duration 1 Year

2018/19 New Entrants, Full Time

  • Home and EU students: £9,250 per year of study
  • International students: £11,100 per year of study
Course start June
School School of Creative Arts and Engineering
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Stoke-on-Trent CampusFull-time2017/18 Academic YearApply Direct
Stoke-on-Trent CampusFull-time2018/19 Academic YearApply Direct

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  • Top Up your Diploma to BEng (Hons) Mechatronics in 12 months
  • Course duration is 12 months from June to June
  • Work is assessed through a range of methods including: examinations, written work (lab reports and research documents), vivas and individual and group presentations
  • A chance to present your project work at GradEx – the Computing, Engineering and Science Graduate Exhibition
  • Accommodation on the University campus for 12 months
  • Graduates of Mechatronics are multidiscipline Engineers able to gain employment in a range of careers in Engineering

Course outline

The BEng (Hons) Mechatronics (Top Up) runs from June to June and is made up of two parts. The first is to bring all you experience and knowledge of the subject in line with the students who have been studying BEng (Hons) Mechatronics at Staffordshire University already, and the second part is our normal final year.
The first block, from June to September, starts with Professional Engineering Skills which recognises that you will be joining a group of students from a range of different courses and that you all have expertise in different engineering software packages to support your studies, different approaches to working in laboratories and different approaches to working as an individual or within groups. This is followed by 2 further modules that will bridge your knowledge of Digital and Embedded Systems as well as Electronic Simulation and Control.
On completion of the first block you will progress to the final year of the BEng (Hons) Mechatronics degree, joining the main body of students as they return from their summer vacation in September.

Course content

Compulsory modules: Summer Semester: June - September

ELEC40223 Professional Engineering Skills -15 credits

The module provides tuition and practice of some of the skills that are expected of a graduate from an accredited Engineering course at Staffordshire University. As students on the BEng (Hons) Mechatronics (Top Up) come from a variety of different colleges and Universities this module helps you familiarise yourself with the tools and techniques that you will use to complete the other modules on the course This module contains an overview of: Report writing, Presentation Skills and Ethics. You will be introduced by practical use of Industry-standard Engineering software such as: Matlab/Simulink, NI Labview (Engineering-specific software packages), Multisim, and Flowcode (to understand programming/algorithm concept)

ELEC50218 Digital Design and Embedded Software I - 30 credits

The module provides you with the skills to design and develop embedded systems using ANSI C for use with realtime systems. You will also develop your knowledge of digital system design and implementation techniques.

ELEC50225 Advanced Electrical/ Electronic Simulation and Control - 15 credits

This module covers advanced electrical and electronic simulation and control techniques. You will learn how to effectively translate engineering designs into working simulation models, develop your engineering skills using a variety of electrical and electronic simulation tools, and solve complex engineering control problems.

COCS60430 Digital Design and Embedded Software II - 30 credits

Following on from Digital Design and Embedded Software I - this module covers advanced electronic system design techniques. This includes Computer Aided Design using VHDL entry and advanced digital simulation using Xilinx, design techniques include synchronous as well as asynchronous circuits. High level synthesis is covered as a top down design approach including data flow graphs. Embedded Applications for real time systems are also presented giving a complete picture of modern embedded system design.

MECH60454 Advanced Engineering Analysis -30 credits

This module enhances the mechanical engineering topics you have covered in previous years to enable you to model and determine stresses, strains and vibration modes in real structures. You will be introduced to Finite Element Analysis in theory and in practice. Specifics of the module include: Structural Analysis, Prediction of stresses in axisymmetirc systems/ thick walled cylinders, Matrix methods, Direct and potential energy formulations, Vibration analysis, Modelling of MDOF systems using Newtonian, Lagrangian, influence coefficients and observational methods. Determination of system modes using frequency iteration, matrix iteration, Holzer and FEA methods.

Option module– 15 credits
From a list including
ELEC60228 Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
ELEC60307 Advances in Electrical and Electronic Engineering
ELEC60274 Analogue Electronics and RF
ELEC60313 Electronics, Design, and Testing
MECH60714 Engineering project
This project is a key feature of your final year, allowing you to put into use the tools and knowledge you’ve developed in the previous years. You will carry out your own
individual programme of experimental work, analyse results and produce a major written report, which you will present and defend in an oral examination.

Entry requirements

A pass in a HND style Diploma with good coverage of electronic and mechanical principles


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