Module Title:Mechatronics 1
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 2 programme(s)
Module Aim: To introduce the students to the basic principles of automation. To introduce students to the basic principles of electrical science theory and electrical circuits.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Describe the principle operation of standard compressors and ancillary equipment and construct pneumatic circuits using ISO RP68P (pneumatic) symbols and graphically represent basic pneumatic circuits.
LO2 Identify basic engineering components such as pumps, valves and bearings and the application of each.Use of specific lubricants and the correct disposal of same in line with environmental standards
LO3 Identify and describe common electrical components and instruments; define quantities, symbols, units and notation.
LO4 Apply circuit theory principles to solve problems relating to series and parallel electrical circuits.
LO5 Complete laboratory experiments using appropriate apparatus and test equipment; report on the findings.
Pre-requisite learning
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Types of compressors Dryers, drain traps, condensate formation Receivers and pipework Filtration, lubrication & pressure reducing valves
Pneumatic Circuits
Basic Symbols ISO RP68P Cylinder, calculations, types and cushioning 3/2 and 5/2 Valves and their operation Construction of simple circuits A+ B+ A-B- Safety Dump Valves
Electrical Science Theory and Applications
Electrical properties of materials with respect to atoms, charge, voltage, current and resistance. Conductors, semiconductors, and insulators with examples of each. Resistivity and related problems. Resistors, Capacitors and Inductors. Ohm’s law. Energy and power (Watts Law). The kilowatt hour (kWh) and related problems. Power rating of resistors. Kirchhoff's circuit laws.
Circuit Analysis
Series, parallel and series-parallel circuit analysis. Total power calculations. Wheatstone bridge. Transient behaviour of capacitors and inductors (RC and LC time constant).
Electric Motor Control Circuits
Operation of Motor D.O.L. circuit, Forward / Reverse electrical and mechanical interlocks
Electrical Protection
Electrical components, Fuses , M.C.B.'s , R.C.D.'s Descrimination
Two handed control in Pneumatics Operational safety with Hydraulics and Pneumatics Isolation procedures for maintenance
Types of oils, viscosity, viscosity improver’s synthetic oils Application of oils and greases Disposal of oils and danger to human health
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment30.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Construct Pneumatic circuits,using software and physical hardware in the lab 1 10.00 Week 6
Practical/Skills Evaluation Series of electrical labs and simulations. Testing circuit...etc 3,4 20.00 Every Second Week
No Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Series of Lab practicals 1,2,3,4,5 20.00 Every Second Week
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam Questions on LO's 1,2,3,4,5   50.00 End-of-Semester

SETU Carlow Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 12 Weeks per Stage 5.00
Laboratory 12 Weeks per Stage 3.00
Independent Learning 15 Weeks per Stage 10.27
Total Hours 250.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_EMMEC_B Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering 1 Mandatory
CW_EEMEC_D Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering 1 Mandatory