This design aspect will be reinforced by the design assignments which require

This design aspect will be reinforced by the design

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solutions to open-ended engineering design problems in robotics and mechatronics. This design aspect will be reinforced by the design assignments, which require you to specify, design (conceptual and detailed), and iterate a number of partially constrained engineering problems. You will also prototype a number of solutions you design, both in the practical sessions and potentially in the final design assignment. Thus, by the end of this course, each student should be able to: • Understand basic theoretical principles and governing equations of new electrical components (i.e., diodes and transistors), and apply these principles to analysis of circuits. • Analyze and deconstruct new circuits into smaller building blocks, build and maintain a „toolkit‟ of such building blocks, and arrange these elements into candidate solutions for larger, open-ended design problems. • Follow the engineering design process for a robotic or mechatronics design problem, including specification, idea generation, conceptual, and final design of a circuit to address a specific mechatronics engineering problem. • Follow formal design processes for well -known circuit types, such as filter design and power switching/power amplifier design. This includes the selection of real-world components and inclusion of real- world design issues, limitations, and constraints into a complete detailed design. • Identify and incorporate issues related to electric al theory into a mechatronics design problem that are not immediately mandated as part of the problem, but are of crucial importance to its resolution (i.e., safety, design for failure modes, lifespan and wear, etc.) • Build, test, and analyze prototyped s olutions/circuits in a lab environment, which requires proficiency with the use of standard electronic test equipment (function generator, power supply, oscilloscope) and engineering tools and software related to electronic design (PSPICE, Eagle or other circuit CAD software). • Understand the process, including constraints and limitations, of moving a circuit design from the prototype stage to a manufacturing-ready design (including PCB design and real-world design considerations for circuits). Marking Scheme Design Assignments 16% Midterm Exam 21% Practical Sessions 18% Final Exam 45% Total 100%
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4 Design Assignments The course will feature a number of design assignments, which are individual take-home mini-projects wherein you must design and analyze a circuit that accomplishes a given task of moderate complexity. These assignments are created to feature real-world problems, and have a double purpose: (i) to give you graded practice in the analysis of circuits similar to those found on the midterm and final exam, and (ii) to help you practice your design skills in Mechatronics. The second point is of crucial importance; you are now ready to apply the circuits and control theory you have seen in earlier courses and will see in MIE346 to solve useful, real-world problems. So, while this course will still teach the analysis of circuits with new components such as diodes and transistors, it will also focus heavily on the applications of these circuits.
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