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Foundation Mechatronics Laboratory Course for Mechanical Engineering Students Mechatronics is synergistic integration of mechanical engineering with electronics and intelligent computer control in the design and manufacturing of industrial products and processes . It integrates sensors, actuators, signal conditioning, power electronics, decision and control algorithms, and computer hardware and software to manage complexity and communication in engineered systems. Mechanical engineering students often come across a glass-wall between them and the multi-disciplinary Mechatronics and the introduction of the subject plays a critical role in developing them as competent mechatronic engineers. Bloom’s Taxonomy categorizes learning into three domains: cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (attitudes). A holistic lesson requires the inclusion of all the three domains in constructing learning tasks for students. With respect to Mechatronics the hypothesis is that the psychomotor domain, developed mainly in the learning laboratory, greatly assists the mechanical engineering students in all three domains and to break the glass wall and become competent mechatronic engineers. This paper describes a foundation Mechatronics laboratory course for mechanical engineering students who later embark on Mechatronic Product development graduation projects at the authors’ university. It describes briefly but with sufficient details the twelve experiments that helps them to gain the skills in using the equipment correctly with ease and to progress to develop advanced implementations. These experiments start with the introduction of the basic lab equipment and components, and continue to introducing the circuits and applications of fundamental electric and electronic devices including diodes, transistors, and operational amplifiers. This finishes with the use of micro-controllers and hardware programming of typical mechatronics applications. The paper provides details of how a current cohort of students perceived the course and continues to describe how some of the previous batches of students went to develop complex Mechatronic products during their graduation project. The paper concludes with the benefits the course provides, and lessons learned during the implementation and maintenance of the course.
Harib, K. H., & Sivaloganathan, S., & Hamza, R. K. M., & Aziz, M. A. (2020, June), Foundation Mechatronics Laboratory Course for Mechanical Engineering Students Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34687
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