Mechatronics is a fusion of mechanical, electrical, electronic and control engineering. This multidisciplinary field is increasingly integral to the engineering process as innovation demands the integration of mechanics and electronics. For example, a car may now contain a hundred processor chips and rely on sensors, software and actuators to control everything from braking to entertainment. A mechatronics engineer unites the principles of mechanics, electronics, and computing to generate simpler, more economical and reliable systems.
This degree programme will allow students to integrate Electrical/Electronic and Mechanical Engineering in the study of cutting-edge and high-tech industrial components and systems. This interdisciplinary approach allows students to successfully combine traditionally divided disciplines, equipping them for varied career opportunities.
Mechatronics Engineers excel in their work on hybrid systems in varied fields of research such as production systems, synergy drives, planetary exploration rovers, automotive subsystems such as anti-lock braking systems and spin-assist, and everyday equipment such as autofocus cameras, video, hard disks, and CD players.
Students studying in the University of Glasgow (UofG) degree programmes are required to complete a four-week attachment in Glasgow at the home campus of the University of Glasgow, U.K., where they will undertake a 10-credit group design/practical module, experience a different culture and interact with students there. Some industrial visits and guest lectures may be organised by the University of Glasgow. The estimated cost ranges from S$4,500* to S$5,500*.
Note: Estimated costs are dependent on the prevailing currency exchange rate and flight ticket prices.
Mathematical techniques required in the degree programmes taught in collaboration with the Singapore Institute of Technology. The main topics include calculus of several variables, differential equations, Fourier series and Laplace transforms.
SIT2004 Power Electronics 2N
To understand the function, design, and characteristics of electrical and electronic components and sub-systems within the wider context of mechanical and aerospace products and systems. A major application is electronic drives for motors and actuators.
SIT3004 Dynamics and Control 3N
Dynamics: gives the student a thorough grounding in the modelling of mechanical systems, the solution of the resulting differential equations and the application to simple vibration problems. Control: understand and analyse simple feedback control systems.
SIT3005 Electronic System Design 3N
Introduction to specification driven design of analogue systems. Topics covered are low frequency precision design, design of ground and differential signals and low noise design.
SIT3006 Engineering Design 3N
To develop the students understanding of Availability, Reliability, Maintainability thereby enhancing the students’ ability to evaluate design proposals from a number of related viewpoints. To illustrate and develop an understanding of robust design from functional performance and manufacture viewpoints. To expose students to the discipline involved in researching a technical area and produce a report and presentation.
SIT3009 Mathematical Modelling and Simulation 3N
To provide an introduction to the mathematical modelling of engineering systems and the uses to which they can be put. These include simulation, analysis and design. The use of computers to achieve this will be discussed as will generic issues relating to the use of computers for solution of mathematical problems.
SIT3010 Mechanics of Materials and Structures 3N
To equip students to perform deformation analyses of linear elastic skeletal structures by mathematical modelling and appropriate manual and computational methods, in particular, finite element analysis (FEA).
SIT3011 Mechatronics Team Project 3G
Students are divided into teams of about 4-6 that design and construct a mechatronic system to perform assigned tasks, on time and within budget. Typically the system is based on a wheeled robot chassis. It requires the selection and implementation of sensors and actuators, design of electronic hardware including printed circuit boards, and programming a digital control system. The project changes every year. Singapore students undertake this course during a four week study period at the University of Glasgow.
SIT3013 Software Engineering 3N
Understand the nature and problems of software and the need for software engineering. Develop familiarity with selected software engineering processes and techniques. Explore the relationship between software engineering and more traditional engineering disciplines
SIT3024 Instrumentation and Data Systems 3N
This course provides an introduction to instrumentation and data systems for engineers covering error analysis, signal acquisition and processing.
SIT3012 Real Time Computer Systems 3N
Hardware and software of computer systems which receive inputs from the physical world outside the computer and which must respond within the deadlines imposed by the time constants of the external hardware. The problems of multitasking, which arise when such systems have to respond to several simultaneous external events, are also introduced.
SIT4001 Autonomous Vehicle Guidance Systems 4N
This course introduces the concepts behind autonomous vehicle guidance and coordination and enables students to design and implement guidance strategies for vehicles incorporating planning, optimising and reacting elements.
SIT4003 Control 4N
Applies classical control theory to a range of different types of system. It includes the classic types of controller such as proportional–integral–differential (PID), simple compensators and the use of Nyquist and Bode plots. The state space representation is introduced and used to assess stability.
SIT4004 Electronic System Design 4N
This course addresses the mixed-signal aspects of modern electronic systems. It includes the theory of sampling for analogue to digital conversion, which leads into an introduction to digital signal processing. It also covers analogue filters and digital to analogue conversion.
SIT4007P Project 4N
The individual project is an extended piece of work that provides the opportunity to show enthusiasm and initiative in attaining a specified goal. It is designed to develop the student’s ability to understand the field of the investigation, to select and justify the methodology adopted, to apply the methodology, to represent their results or findings accurately, and to understand and present the significance of the results or findings. In the case of the MDE project, this will be mechanical design and manufacture driven, following a generic design process. In the case of MT, it includes software, simulations, and often some form of mechanical or process application.
SIT4008 Robotics 4N
To provide an introduction to robots. Introduce the types of sensors and actuators that are commonly used in robotics. Develop an appreciation of the application issues concerning sensors and actuators within the context of robot applications. Develop the mathematics required to locate the position of a robot head and use this to plan and control its trajectory.
SIT5001 Professional Practice 5N
Introduces the concepts of entrepreneurial planning through understanding and practice in the use of developing a business plan.
Ngee Ann Polytechnic
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