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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Mechanical, Medical & Aero Engineering Short Name: ENGM179
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: PARKER GA Prof (M, M & A Eng)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Module Availability
Autumn Semester
Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment


Weighting Towards Module Mark( %)


 2- hour unseen Examination




  Individual Presentation




Qualifying Condition(s) 


A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module.




Module Overview

To introduce MEng students to examples of modern electro-mechanical systems in which they may have a professional involvement.

Module Aims
To give an overview of two modern systems: advanced vehicle technology and robotic systems.
Learning Outcomes
  1. To be aware of some of the options for advanced vehicle designs to reduce emissions.
  2. To appreciate the role of embedded microprocessors in controlling complex industrial and mobile robots.
Module Content
1.      Advanced vehicles technology
            Electric drive vehicles. Battery technology.
            Hybrid vehicle configurations
            A hybrid electrical vehicle
            Fuel cell vehicles.
2.       Mechatronics and Robotics
             Concept of Mechatronics
            Mechatronic example – Industrial Robotics
            Mechatronic example – Mobile robots
      3.  INDIVIDUAL PRESENTATIONS of typical electro-mechanical systems by students.
Methods of Teaching/Learning
20 hours of lectures, 6 hours for Group preparation for presentation, 10 hours of small group discussion of advanced topics related to each lecture, and 64 hours of independent study.
Selected Texts/Journals
  1. An introduction to Modern Vehicle Design  Ed. Julian Happian-Smith  Butterworth-Heinemann. 2001


  2. Modern Electric Vehicle Technology.  C. C. Chan & K. T. Chau. Oxford University Press. 2001


  3. Understanding Automotive Electronics (6th Ed.). W.B. Ribbens .  Elsevier Science ()  2003


  4. Modern Electric, Hybrid Electric, and Fuel Cell Vehicles. M. Ehsani, Y. Gao, S. Gay, A. Emadi  CRC Press. 2005


  5. Programmable Logic Controllers (4th Ed.) W. Bolton  Newnes. 2006


  6. Mechatronics (3rd Ed.) W. Bolton  Pearson Education Ltd.  2003


  7. Mechatronics: Electronics in products and processes. Bradley, D.A., Dawson, D., Burd, N.C., Loader, A.J. Chapman and Hall, London , First ed.1991


  8. Mechantronics sourcebook  (2nd Ed.) N.C.Braga Thomson Delmar Learning 2003


  9. Integrated Electrical and Electronic Engineering for Mechanical Engineers. Fraser, C., Milne, J. McGraw-Hill, London 1994


  10. The Architecture of Small Computer Systems, (2nd Ed.), Lippiatt,A.G. and Wright, G.G.L. Prentice-Hall International, 1986; ISBN 0-13-044736-6


  11. Introduction to Robotics (2nd Ed.) J.J.Craig Addison-Wesley Publishing 1989


  12. Robotics. Control, sensing, vision and intelligence. K.S.Fau, R.C. Gonzalez, C.S.Lee McGraw Hill International. Industrial Engineering Series 1987.


  13. Robots and Telechirs. M.W.Thring Ellis Horwood Ltd. 1983


  14. Mobile robotics: a practical introduction. U.Nehmzow Springer-Verlag.  2000.


  15. An introduction to AI robotics. R.R.Murphy. MIT 2000.


  16. Autonomous mobile robots. R.Siegwart and I.R.Nourbakhsh  MIT 2004.


Last Updated
28 October 2009