Syllabus for ME 316 — Mechatronics & Measurements Laboratory
- (09 Oct 2015 | 5:04 PM) The Lab #5 hints have been updated and the simulink models have been uploaded and linked-to in the hints.
- (04 Oct 2015 | 7:21 PM) This week's lab is just a tutorial on how to calculate some of the analysis from last week's lab. There will only be one section this week, at 1 pm. I'm extending the due date of the report for Lab 5 to Thursday 15 October.
- (15 Sep 2015 | 5:19 PM) No lab this week!
- (28 Aug 2015 | 1:31 PM) The template file in the LaTeX for Reports tutorial has been updated. There were some issues getting it to unzip on the lab computers. Fixed, now.
- (26 Aug 2015 | 11:54 PM) Laboratory #1 is available in the Laboratories section of this page!
This laboratory course provides hands-on experience working with various types of instrumentation and electrical components. This includes experiments in analog ac circuits, dc logical circuits, and motors. Lab also includes experiments involving the measurement of temperature, velocity, acceleration and pressure. Co-requisites: ME 315 and ME 345.
- Rico Picone, PhD
- Instructor Email
- rpicone (at) stmartin (dot) edu
- Office Hours
- MWF 11 am–12 pm, Cebula 103C
- Office Hours
- MW 1:30 pm–2:30 pm, Cebula 103C
- Cebula 105
- Th 8–11 am (A1),
- ME 316 Website
- ME 316 Moodle
Laboratory procedures can be found here.
The following schedule is tentative.
|week||topics introduced||reading||assignment due|
|1||introduction, report writing, equipment|
|2||voltage, current, and resistance measurements; function generators; multimeters; oscilloscopes|
|3||myRIO analog measurements of voltage|
|4||accelerometer height tracking|
|9||uncertainty in temperature data|
|15||second-order circuit response|
|16||finals week, no lab|
ResourcesClass resources will be posted here throughout the semester.
A laboratory report will be due a week after the laboratory procedure is performed. These laboratories will be submitted via Moodle and must be formatted with the LaTeX template provided here.
Laboratory procedures should be performed in groups, and these groups should submit a single report. The report must be the product of every member of the group, and there will be a section of the report that describes each team member's contribution.
Total grades in the course may be curved, but individual laboratory reports will not be. They will be available on moodle throughout the semester.
- Laboratory reports
Academic integrity policy
Cheating or plagiarism of any kind is not tolerated and will result in a failing grade (“F”) in the course. I take this very seriously. Engineering is an academic and professional discipline that requires integrity. I expect students to consider their integrity of conduct to be their highest consideration with regard to the course material.
Correlation of course & program outcomes
In keeping with the standards of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, each course is evaluated in terms of its desired outcomes and how these support the desired program outcomes. The following sections document the evaluation of this course.
Desired course outcomesUpon completion of the course, the following course outcomes are desired:
- students will have been introduced to several electronics components including resistors, capacitors, and inductors;
- students will have learned how to use instrumentation such as function generators, oscilloscopes, multimeters, and breadboards;
- students will be able to build basic circuits and probe them using various electrical instrumentation;
- students will be able to write a technical report on their laboratory procedures;
- students will be able to use various measurement devices, such as calipers, micrometers, and strain gauges;
- students will be able to use National Instruments myRIO devices to obtain data from sensor inputs;
- students will be able to process, plot, and explain data;
Desired program outcomesThe desired program outcomes are that mechanical engineering graduates have:
- an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;
- an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;
- an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs;
- an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams;
- an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;
- an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
- an ability to communicate effectively;
- the broad education necessary to understanding the impact of engineering solutions in a global and social context;
- a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning;
- a knowledge of contemporary issues; and
- an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
Correlation of outcomesThe following table correlates the desired course outcomes with the desired program outcomes they support.
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