TMM4150 - Machine Design and Mechatronics


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Semester test 30/100 D
work 70/100

Course content

Principles of mechatronics. Mechatronic development methodology. Sensor technology, actuators and control. Engineering design methodology. Development of concepts and evaluation. Structure and variations of form. Design with respect to strength and stiffness. Mechanism synthesis. Components for mechatronic systems. Assembly- and production considerations.

Learning outcome

The candidate has knowledge of:
- Fundamental principles of mechatronics.
- Elements of mechatronics – e.g. sensors, ADC/DAC, micro controllers and single-card computers, actuators and communication to/from these.
- Machine design as a synthesis of engineering design, mechanics, dimensioning and other technical subjects.
- A design methodology guided by stages and milestones.

The candidate can:
- Do design projects with mechatronic elements.
- Use sensors and actuators in mechanical systems.
- Build systems based on available electronics and mechanics.
- Design and make prototypes for simple electronic systems.
- Basic programming of microcontrollers and small runtime systems (OS).
- Make models and demonstrate functionality of mechatronic systems.

General competence:
The candidate can:
- Design machines according to given specifications.
- Assess feasibility of complex technical solutions.
- Model systems containing both mechanics and electronics.

Learning methods and activities

Relevant skills for design and development are trained through a realistic development project. The project assignment requires the curriculum literature to be known, while it also provides learning through project work. The project is done in groups. Methods and tools are taught and tested out in exercises.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

Portfolio assessment is the basis for the grade in the course. The portfolio includes a mid-term test (individual)(30%) and compulsory project works (70%). Both the solution and the way to get to the solution will count when evaluating the project. The results for the parts are given in %-scores, while the entire portfolio is assigned a letter grade.

For a re-take of an examination, all assessments during the course must be re-taken.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

This information will be given at the beginning of the semester.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIO2043 7.5
More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

No.of lecture hours: 2
Lab hours: 6
No.of specialization hours: 4

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering



Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Semester test 30/100 D
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD work 70/100
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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