In the first year students are introduced to electro-mechanical engineering systems, to the process of electro-mechanical design and actually make example systems. There are also analytical modules to support the practical work explaining the analysis needed to design complex systems like robots.
In the second year this is extended and students start to design for themselves. Again analytical modules support the design theme. Extensive use is made of computing and students learn to develop complex computer simulations of electro-mechanical systems.
In the third year students undertake a dissertation in a subject of their choice. This allows students to give their degree a particular focus and is often used to steer the work towards an area where the student wishes to work after graduation. There are also analytical modules and in this year a module dealing with business, management, ethics and energy. This is not only a requirement of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers IMechE) for accreditation, but also an important field for competent electro-mechanical engineers with ethical issues already becoming an important part of autonomous vehicles.
Students follow a prescribed programme of study. The individual modules studied are described below. Together they form a holistic learning experience that results in students able to design complex electro-mechanical engineering systems for a wide range of applications.
Engineering Mathematics and Modelling I
In this module students learn to produce mathematical analyses and programmes to perform them. All the maths needed for the analysis of electro-mechanical systems receives introductory treatment, appropriate for IEng accreditation. A very modelling-based approach is taken.
Robotics and Electro-Mechanical Design and Practice I
This module provides a complete spectrum of both practical and theoretical engineering skills that are useful across all engineering industries. It is approached from a variety of engineering subjects, including technical drawing, computer aided design/engineering (CAD/CAE), modelling, management, and machining. Electro-mechanical engineering students study these for electro-mechanical systems.
Sensors Actuators Programming and Micro-controllers
An introduction to, and overview of, electro-mechanical engineering. Students develop a sound understanding of the circular process of parameter measurement, conversion to digital form, processing and generation of an output and actuation to convert the processed response into a physical input to the system and so control it.
An introduction to the basic principles used for the analysis of mechanical engineering designs with regard to equilibrium and motion. The analysis techniques delivered through this module are applied to a range of basic mechanical and automotive components, devices and systems.
Basic Electrical Engineering
An introduction to electrical quantities and parameters and to the operation of electrical and electronic components and circuits of relevance to electro-mechanical and robotics engineering.
Basic Stress Analysis
This module introduces students to the principles used in the analysis and design of mechanical engineering systems, together with the application of these principles to basic mechanical and automotive components, devices and systems.
Years 2 and 3
Engineering Simulation, Synthesis and Design
The module address topics of advanced electro-mechanical engineering, the focus is on real-time control, including state-estimation and mapping. Applications are made to different types of system such as drones and augmented reality and active control systems. Attention is given to a range of input systems and how signals are processed to produce and output strategy.
Stress and Dynamic Systems
The purpose of this module is to study the various aspects of statics and dynamics in modern engineering components and systems. This includes: comparison and selection of analytic techniques for investigating the static and dynamic behavior of engineering systems and components; and design of engineering component with optimal static and dynamic characteristics.
Electric Machines and Drives
To provide an overview of the electrical machines and drives that are relevant to Electro-Mechanical and Robotic Engineering, with deeper insight where appropriate. Consideration will be given to different prime movers, methods of transferring the drive and to their control.
An introductory study of control technology, covering both digital and analog control using electronic systems, including design using models created in MATLAB and SIMULINK.
Students study the electronic and electrical systems , this includes the impact that these systems have on their performance and recent developments in their design.
Electric Power Systems
To provide an overview of power systems as relevant to electro-mechanical engineering. Specific attention will be given to power storage, power modulation systems for various engineering applications, including electric vehicles. Engineering Project This module provides students with the opportunity to undertake individual investigative work on an electro-mechanical-related topic. It enables students to carry out a detailed study of a realistic engineering problem. The resulting project extends substantially beyond the project work done in any of the taught modules and should enable students to consolidate their knowledge and strengthen skills acquired in taught modules.
Management, Ethics, Energy and Sustainability
This module aims to provide you with a wide understanding of the broader issues facing business and society, and it will provide an understanding of the three pillars of sustainability in a management context. Business refers to these pillars of sustainability as the triple bottom line, whilst many people view this more holistically as moving towards the circular economy. The principal areas studied in this module are: project management and business leadership; energy and environmental issues; sustainable engineering and whole life cycle assessment; ethics and social aspects of employment.
Sensors and Data Logging
This module covers the operation and use of sensors and data loggers, including their practical limitations, errors, calibration, and how they are actually set up and connected, and how to process, read and use the data produced.
Advanced Analogue Electronics
This module extends the fundamental knowledge obtained in a Foundation Degree of advanced analogue electronics up to Honors level. It enables the student to be able to design and analyse circuits so that projects can be successfully undertaken.
Design of Machines
The purpose of this module is to provide a more detailed background to common machine elements and components, to enable design, selection and modelling in advanced design and project work. The components covered are gears, including epicyclic, planetary and helical gears; friction drives, rolling element bearings and hybrid drives; the kinematics of contacts, particularly in rotating machinery.
The module addresses topics of advanced mechatronics and offers a distinctive electro-mechanical based contribution to the student experience. The aim is for the student to firstly learn the landscape of the mechatronics approach and then to become proficient in the application of mechatronic principals to a representative range of applications. The equivalence of electrical and mechanical systems is explored in the framing of equilibrium equations and this is then applied.
Work placements are available to all students on the course. A full-time placements officer is available to assist students wanting to gain a placement which is taken after the second year of study. The placement lasts one year and students who successfully complete the placement graduate with a sandwich degree.
The opportunity to study abroad is not compulsory and students can organise some study abroad if they wish. It is the student’s responsibility to organise this and it may not be possible to offer credit for study undertaken abroad as part of the course.
Free language courses for students - the Open Module
Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.
Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.
Modules are studied throughout the week with lectures and seminars predominantly on Mondays Tuesdays and Thursdays. As much as possible, the School keeps Wednesdays free for sport. Friday in the first year is a day of practical work throughout the year.
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