MEC300 - Introduction to Mechatronics

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Subject Title
Introduction to Mechatronics

Subject Description

This course covers the basics of mechanical components, fluid power and electrical drives in a complex mechatronic system. Based upon a physical system, students will learn the basic functions and physical properties of mechanical and pneumatic components as well as electrical drives (AC and DC), and the roles they play within the system. They will also learn about mechanical components which lead and support the energy through a mechanical system to increase efficiency and to reduce wear and tear. Materials, lubrication requirements and surface properties will be examined. Technical documentation such as data sheets and specifications of mechanical elements and electrical drives will also be covered. By understanding the interworking of the complete system, students will learn and apply troubleshooting strategies to identify, localize and (where possible) correct malfunctions. Preventive maintenance of mechanical elements and electrical drives as well as safety issues within the system will be discussed.

Credit Status
One subject credit in the Electronics Engineering Technology and Electronics Engineering Technician Programs.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1.  Describe what comprises a mechatronic system or module.
2.  Explain the role of various electrical and mechanical components within a given system or module.
3.  Trace the flow of energy in a given mechatronic system or subsystem.
4.  Describe the basic physical properties of mechanical components including materials, lubrication requirements and surface properties.
5.  Carry out adjustments on mechanical components in a mechatronic system.
6.  Utilize the technical data sheets for the mechanical components and electrical drives within a mechatronic system m.
7.  Localize, identify and document cases of malfunctions in mechanical components or electrical drives, based upon the technical documentation.
8.  Correct malfunctions where possible, or correctly identify the expertise required to correct a malfunction.
9.  Apply safety rules while working on the system. 
10. Transfer the knowledge learned from one system to another system.


Essential Employability Skills
Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.