Industrial Automation and Mechatronics (H7121)

15 credits, Level 5

Spring teaching

On this module, you'll gain the knowledge and understanding of key mechatronic concepts such as mechanics, electronics and informatics.

It focuses on industrial applications, with hands-on lab sessions using industrial-grade equipment. The sessions cover logic control programming using Programmable Logical Controllers (PLCs), programming of an industrial robotic arm, and implementation of machine vision for defect detection.

You will also apply engineering practice including communication and interpretation of technical information using standard diagrams and symbols, general safety considerations when operating with/around robotic/mechatronics equipment, as well as quality management standards.


46%: Lecture
54%: Practical (Laboratory, Workshop)


100%: Coursework (Group submission (written), Practical assessment)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 48 hours of contact time and about 102 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: