Measurement for Mechatronics



Dr. Rick SellensMcLaughlin Hall room 613-533-6760

Course Description

This course is composed of online instruction in measurement theory and active lab and tutorial modules that provide hands-on practical experience making measurements, doing analysis, and drawing conclusions from them. On completion of the course, students will be able to: Identify and Quantify measurement objectives in practical engineering applications; Apply statistical analysis, including uncertainty, for interpreting test results; Specify, Select, and Apply transducers, acquisition systems, and 2 procedures to measure pressure, strain, temperature and position; Apply physical principles to predict static and dynamic system performance for pressure, strain, temperature and position measurements; Install and test a micro controller system for data acquisition and control; Acquire and process digital and analog data; Formulate conclusions supported by data and comparison of results to appropriate models; Discuss the limitations of data employed, key findings, trends evident, uncertainty and error; Students will use mathematical and computational skills typically acquired in MTHE 225 & APSC 143. (CEAB App. 3 qualified)

Academic Units: Mathematics 0
Natural Sciences 0
Complementary Studies 0
Engineering Science 36
Engineering Design 15


Objectives and Outcomes

Relevance to the Program

Course Structure and Activities

This course represents a study period of one semester. The course material is divided into ten modules over a total of 12 weeks. Learners can expect to invest on average 10-14 hours per module in this course. Students should attend the active learning lecture (1 hr) each week (bring your laptop), review all the background and MicroLectures on YouTube (in high speed mode if you already understand - 2 hrs / module) and complete the “Before” quiz and sketch (1 hr / module). Attend the Lab Session (3 hrs), process the data with your group and submit a group report (2 hrs to plot the graphs and draw the conclusions). There will be three individual assignments over the term (6 hrs each). At the end of this document is a Timetable and more detail is found on the class website. Learners who complete the preparations before the labs are more likely to successfully complete the course on time. Complete the “Before the Lab” activities in advance, including completion of the quiz before each of the lab segments. Quizzes must be completed on time, in advance of the lab, to get credit. Review the “At the Lab” and “After the Lab” segments of each module so you are well prepared to make good use of your scheduled time in the lab and collect all the data needed to write your report. Attendance at the lab sessions is compulsory. If you miss a session due to illness, etc. be sure to make it up by attending during another session and make sure the TAs take note of your attendance.


There is no required textbook. Previous versions of the course have required: Theory and Design for Mechanical Measurements by Richard S. Figliola, Donald E. Beasley, Wiley, which covers some, but not all of the material in this course. The terminology in this course matches the book and you may find it useful to access to it as a secondary source. There is not much difference from one edition to the next. The labs will draw from and complement the other courses in your program, all of which provide information that will help you throughout your professional career. Other material All other course material is accessible via onQ. Once you have completed reading this Course Outline in detail, explore the Content link on the class site to find the module-specific material.