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MTRX2700: Mechatronics 2 (2020 - Semester 1)

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Unit: MTRX2700: Mechatronics 2 (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Intermediate
Faculty/School: School of Aerospace, Mechanical & Mechatronic Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Professor Nebot, Eduardo
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Site(s) for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: MTRX1702 AND MTRX1705.
Prohibitions: ELEC2601 OR ELEC3607.
Brief Handbook Description: The aim of the unit is to introduce students to microprocessor and microcomputer systems, emphasizing assembly language programming and building on the digital logic foundations from first year. In particular, the following subjects are addressed:

Introduction to microprocessors, stored-program computer architecture, instruction codes and addressing modes, instruction execution cycle; Memory devices. Computer architecture and assembly language programming. Microprocessor and microcontroller systems, memory and IO interfacing, interrupts and interrupt handling. Serial and parallel communications. System design, documentation, implementation, debugging and testing.

MTRX2700 is the introductory course in the basics of real Mechatronic systems. This course builds on knowledge obtained in the courses ENGG1801, MTRX1701, ELEC1103 and MTRX1702, MTRX1705. This course extends this knowledge by introducing students to their first practical applications in Mechatronic Engineering. By passing this subject, the student will have obtained the necessary skills to undertake Mechatronics 3 (MTRX3700).
Assumed Knowledge: MTRX1701. Students are assumed to know how to program using the `C` programming language. Additionally, students should understand the basic concepts behind simple digital logic circuits.
Timetable: MTRX2700 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.50 2 13
2 Laboratory 3.00 1 13
3 Independent Study 3.00
T&L Activities: Laboratory: Software and hardware implementation in the Mechatronics Laboratory

Independent Study: Preparation for laboratory work, research for major assignment. You are expected to undertake at least five hours of independent study per week outside of formally timetabled classes

Attributes listed here represent the key course goals (see Course Map tab) designated for this unit. The list below describes how these attributes are developed through practice in the unit. See Learning Outcomes and Assessment tabs for details of how these attributes are assessed.

Attribute Development Method Attribute Developed
Through the research, design and development of a real mechatronic system. (2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 3)
Through the use of `Problem Based Learning` students are presented with real problems for which they must arrive at an appropriate solution. (4) Design (Level 3)
Through the use of the many disparate sources of information needed to solve engineering problems.
Through the written, verbal and interpersonal communication needed to complete the tasks presented.
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 3)
Through pair work during lab sessions and through the effective management of the `Problem Based Learning` excercises. (7) Project and Team Skills (Level 3)

For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018.

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 3)
1. The ability to function effectively as an individual even within the context of teamwork, whilst being able to clearly maintain the group objective.
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 3)
2. An understanding and demonstration of various forms of communication including; listening, oral, written electronic, graphical and mathematical, both for assessment purposes and for interpersonal communication.
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 3)
3. The ability to understand the use of mechatronics systems in a variety of application
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 3)
4. The ability to exercise critical decision making in defining solutions to the problems presented in the laboratory sessions and in the exam.
5. The ability to think creatively about problem solving, and the application of ‘engineering judgment’ in order to choose the most appropriate solution to a problem from many possibilities.
(4) Design (Level 3)
6. The ability to independently identify, locate and utilize appropriate information resources in order to aid the problem solving process.
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 3)
7. The ability to apply the knowledge gained in this course (as well as in other relevant prior courses) to solve real-world engineering problems involving hardware, software and microcontrollers.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Lab Assignment 1 ** Yes 15.00 Week 5 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7,
2 Lab Assignment 2 ** Yes 15.00 Week 8 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7,
3 Final Exam * No 40.00 Exam Period 2, 4, 5, 6,
4 Laboratory (Major Assignment) ** Yes 30.00 Week 13 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7,
Assessment Description: * Need to pass Final Exam: You must get 50% in the final exam to pass the unit, regardless of the sum of your individual marks

Final exam will cover all aspects of the Unit of Study.

**Lab Assignment 1, 2 and Major Assignment must be demonstrated at the due day. The assessment task must be repeated if a student misses it due to special consideration

Late submission will be penalised 20% per day (or part thereof)

There may be statistically defensible moderation when combining the marks from each component to ensure consistency of marking between markers, and alignment of final grades with unit outcomes
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Policies & Procedures: See the policies page of the faculty website at for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Prescribed Text/s: Note: Students are expected to have a personal copy of all books listed.
Recommended Reference/s: Note: References are provided for guidance purposes only. Students are advised to consult these books in the university library. Purchase is not required.
Online Course Content: Elearning (MTRX2700)

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar

Week Description
Week 1 Introduction, Programmer's View of the 68HC11 / 68HC12
Week 2 Assembler Instruction Set, Code Warrior, Digital I/O
Week 3 Interrupts, Stack Addressing
Week 4 Serial I/O, timers
Week 5 C Programming, Analog I/O, Lab 1 Due
Assessment Due: Lab Assignment 1 **
Week 6 EEPROM, Memory, Flash Memory, Bus Tristate
Week 7 Debugging, Timing Diagrams
Week 8 Large Project Design
Assessment Due: Lab Assignment 2 **
Week 9 Software Engineering
Week 10 Invited Lecture (Industry)
Week 11 Interfacing to Off-Board Peripherals
Week 12 Embedded uC's
Week 13 Revision
Assessment Due: Laboratory (Major Assignment) **
Exam Period Assessment Due: Final Exam *

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Biomedical - Mechatronics Major 2013, 2014, 2015
Mechatronic Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechatronic/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Mechatronic 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechatronic / Arts 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechatronic / Commerce 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechatronic / Medical Science 2015, 2016, 2017
Mechatronic / Music Studies 2016, 2017
Mechatronic / Project Management 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Mechatronic / Science 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechatronic/Science (Health) 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechatronic / Law 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechatronic (Space) 2015
Mechatronic (Space) / Arts 2015
Mechatronic (Space) / Commerce 2015
Mechatronic (Space) / Medical Science 2015
Mechatronic (Space) / Project Management 2015
Mechatronic (Space) / Science 2015
Mechatronic (Space) / Law 2015
Mechatronic (till 2014) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechatronic Engineering / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechatronic Engineering / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechatronic Engineering / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechatronic Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechatronic Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechatronic (Space) (till 2014) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechatronic Engineering (Space) / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechatronic Engineering (Space) / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechatronic Engineering (Space) / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechatronic Engineering (Space) / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechatronic Engineering (Space) / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechatronic Engineering (Space) / Law 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechatronic/Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019, 2020
Biomedical Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Biomedical 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 3) Yes 10%
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 3) No 0%
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 3) Yes 20%
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 3) No 0%
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 3) No 40%
(4) Design (Level 3) Yes 20%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 3) Yes 10%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.