Syllabus for ME 316 — Mechatronics & Measurements Laboratory

Fall 2015

Course description

This laboratory course provides hands-on experience working with various types of instrumentation and electrical components. This includes experiments in analog ac circuits, dc logical circuits, and motors. Lab also includes experiments involving the measurement of temperature, velocity, acceleration and pressure. Co-requisites: ME 315 and ME 345.

General information

Rico Picone, PhD
Instructor Email
rpicone (at) stmartin (dot) edu
Office Hours
MWF 11 am–12 pm, Cebula 103C
Office Hours
MW 1:30 pm–2:30 pm, Cebula 103C
Cebula 105
Th 8–11 am (A1),
11–2 (B1),
2–5 (C1)
ME 316 Website
ME 316 Moodle


Laboratory procedures can be found here.


The following schedule is tentative.

week topics introduced reading assignment due
1 introduction, report writing, equipment
2 voltage, current, and resistance measurements; function generators; multimeters; oscilloscopes
3 myRIO analog measurements of voltage
4 accelerometer height tracking
5 diode circuits
6 temperature measurement
7 RC circuits
8 no lab
9 uncertainty in temperature data
10 no lab
11 thermocouples
12 operational amplifiers
13 bridge circuits
14 no lab
15 second-order circuit response
16 finals week, no lab


Class resources will be posted here throughout the semester.

Laboratory policies

A laboratory report will be due a week after the laboratory procedure is performed. These laboratories will be submitted via Moodle and must be formatted with the LaTeX template provided here.

Laboratory procedures should be performed in groups, and these groups should submit a single report. The report must be the product of every member of the group, and there will be a section of the report that describes each team member's contribution.

Grading policies

Total grades in the course may be curved, but individual laboratory reports will not be. They will be available on moodle throughout the semester.

Laboratory reports

Academic integrity policy

Cheating or plagiarism of any kind is not tolerated and will result in a failing grade (“F”) in the course. I take this very seriously. Engineering is an academic and professional discipline that requires integrity. I expect students to consider their integrity of conduct to be their highest consideration with regard to the course material.

Correlation of course & program outcomes

In keeping with the standards of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, each course is evaluated in terms of its desired outcomes and how these support the desired program outcomes. The following sections document the evaluation of this course.

Desired course outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the following course outcomes are desired:
  1. students will have been introduced to several electronics components including resistors, capacitors, and inductors;
  2. students will have learned how to use instrumentation such as function generators, oscilloscopes, multimeters, and breadboards;
  3. students will be able to build basic circuits and probe them using various electrical instrumentation;
  4. students will be able to write a technical report on their laboratory procedures;
  5. students will be able to use various measurement devices, such as calipers, micrometers, and strain gauges;
  6. students will be able to use National Instruments myRIO devices to obtain data from sensor inputs;
  7. students will be able to process, plot, and explain data;

Desired program outcomes

The desired program outcomes are that mechanical engineering graduates have:
  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;
  3. an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs;
  4. an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams;
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
  7. an ability to communicate effectively;
  8. the broad education necessary to understanding the impact of engineering solutions in a global and social context;
  9. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning;
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues; and
  11. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

Correlation of outcomes

The following table correlates the desired course outcomes with the desired program outcomes they support.
desired program outcomes
desired course outcomes 1