Mechatronics



Mechatronics
UC/CSU

Mechatronics Syllabus

MECHATRONICS 08                       Principles of Mechatronics

 

Instructor: Thomas Stargaard

E-mail: tstargaa@puhsd.k12.ca.us

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This class is Dual Credit with Mech 8 (Introduction to Electronics) at Sierra College. This means you will earn 3 transferable units from Sierra College. It also means that your grade from the class will be on your permanent College transcript.

You are NOT enrolled in the Sierra College part of the class automatically. You MUST fill out the application (attached in the last part of the module) and return it to Mrs Fessenden in the office at Del Oro by Wednesday August 18th. This process can be complicated. Do NOT wait until the last minute to do this.

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: A survey of electronics technology presented in the context of science. Application of the scientific method to topics ranging from basic circuits to microprocessors, including electronics, music, robotics, electric vehicles, fiber-optics, semiconductors, medical imaging and communications. Scientific, historical, political and economic connections to electronics technology will be examined.

PREREQUISITES: None. No previous electronics knowledge or math beyond basic algebra is assumed.

 

DETAILED COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course, as I teach it, has a dual purpose. It is intended to make the students more informed citizens of the technological society we live in and more informed consumers of that technology. Secondly, it is a way of exposing people to a potential career field. Many jobs in our increasingly automated world require technical training. These jobs tend to pay well and provide a real career path. This class allows people to get a basic understanding of the electronics technology that fills our world and possibly decide that a career in technology might be more interesting and more accessible than they previously thought.

 

Quizzes: Part of your grade will come from quizzes and exams. In order to utilize all available class time for lectures and labs, all quizzes and exams (except the final exam) will be take-home exams. This obviously provides ample opportunity for cheating. When you take your exams, please consider that you are now a college student and are not here because you have to be, but actually want learn something. Therefore, use the course quizzes and exams as an opportunity to assess your knowledge of the subject. First, go through the exam and see which problems you can answer with the knowledge in your head. If there are problems you can not do this way, use the book, lecture notes or other resources to search out the answer on your own. This self-directed investigation is the absolute best method for learning a subject. Finally, if these methods do not work, feel free to contact your instructor or work with a study group of other students to learn the concepts which will allow you to determine the answer. Please note that getting the right answer to a particular test question is not the ultimate goal. The ultimate goal is to understand the concepts behind the question and be able to apply them to being a more enlightened and less technically naïve person. Also, the final exam will be a selection of questions taken word-for-word from quiz questions. If you do your own work on the quizzes, the final exam will be very simple to study for and pass. I believe that any motivated student can do well in this course. But what you get out of this class will completely depend on how much effort you put in to understanding the concepts presented and therefore your ability to apply them in the future.

 

TEXT: Teach Yourself Electricity and Electronics, by Stan Gibilisco (Links to an external site.). The edition does not matter. The book is also available as a free pdf download on the web. Just search.

 

SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIAL: The instructor will provide handouts as additional material for the class. These materials should be kept in a notebook and considered part of the required reading for the class. The book for the class is not a comprehensive source book for all of electronics. Other sources, especially the internet, can act as useful supplemental material for the course. Some good sources for “plain language” explanations of electronic concepts are allaboutcircuits.com (Links to an external site.) or wikipedia.orgLinks to an external site. or electronics.howstuffworks.com/ (Links to an external site.). Youtube also have great videos on most concepts. Just be aware that some are much better than others. Watch more than one on a particular subject.

 

Purchase of a scientific calculator is helpful, but not required. (I like the TI-30XA. It costs about $11.)

 

ADDS/DROPS/WITHDRAWLS: If a student decides to not complete the course, that student is responsible for completing the proper “drop” paperwork. If a class is not officially dropped, the student will receive an “F” grade on their permanent transcript. Adds, drops and fee payments must be done by the required deadlines.

 

TESTS: The course will have a final exam as well as periodic quizzes throughout the semester. Late submissions will not accepted as I most often return them the following day. In cases of personal emergency, extensions may be allowed per discretion of the instructor.

 

GRADING: The labs  (online this semester, unless we can return to class) are 60 % of your grade. The quizzes are 20% and the final are 20% of your final grade. The breakdown of the final course grade is as follows: 90-100%=A, 80-89%=B, 70-79%=C, 60-69%=D, <60% = F

 

SPECIAL NEEDS: Please contact me privately if you have any special needs for the class. I will do everything in my power to make sure you have a rich, pleasant experience in my class.

 

As things are changing often due to  Covid-19, the syllabus may change per Instructor discretion. For example, we may not be able to give a secure Final, so the percentages for each category could change. I will keep you updated if things change.


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