Syllabus for ME 316 Mechatronics and Measurements Laboratory

Fall 2017

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

Ryan Haseman
Office Hours
T 10:50–11:50, Th 11–1 PH 107

Office location
PH 107
Classroom location
PH 107
T 8–10:50 am (A1),
Th 8–10:50 (B1),
1–3:50 (C1)
ME 316 Website
ME 316 Moodle


Laboratory procedures can be found here.


The following schedule is tentative.

week topics introduced
no lab
Lab #1: introduction, report writing, equipment
Lab #2: voltage, current, and resistance measurements; function generators; multimeters; oscilloscopes
Lab #3: myRIO analog measurements of RC circuit response
Lab #4: AC circuit response
Lab #5: diode circuits and AC to DC conversion
Lab #6: wheatstone bridge circuits
no lab
Lab #7: digital potentiometer calibration
Lab #8: thermistor calibration
Lab #9: thermal response
no lab (Thanksgiving)
Lab #10: motor characterization
Lab #11: special topics
no lab (study week)
finals week, no lab


Class resources will be posted here throughout the semester.

Some texts you may find useful throughout the course:

Laboratory policies

A laboratory report will be due the day before the next laboratory exercise. 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

The laboratory report grade will be based on content, writing style and grammar. There will be an emphasis on writing style and grammar. I encourage you to go to the writing center early on to get help with this. I will also be available for help durring office hours.


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.


Everyone is required to join the messaging service called "Slack." We'll use it to communicate with each other during the semester. The Slack team you need to join is called ME316-2017F. You should have an invitation link in your email.

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