Course detail

Introduction to Mechatronics

FSI-1UMAcad. year: 2017/2018

The subject informs students on basic problems of Mechatronics. It defines basic principles of Mechatronics, explains typical cases of mechatronic systems at construction of machines, robotics, aircraft industry, automotive industry and in consumer goods. In addition, an overview and explanation of the principles of activity for construction elements of mechatronic systems is provided.
Interpretation will be completed added a solution of team project tasks specified by the decomposition of some of the real educational systems in the laboratory: an automatic coffee maker, electronic sewing machine, hydrocontrolled ventilation.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The subject of the Introduction to Mechatronics enables students to acquire basic information on Mechatronics and its inclusion into the study program is caused mainly by its motivation importance. Moreover, students will learn the basic methodology for de-composition of complex systems.


Secondary school knowledge is assumed.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Denny K. Miu: Mechatronics. New York, Springer-Verlag 1993
Valášek, M. a kol.: Mechatronika. Praha, ČVUT 1996
Gmiterko, A.: Mechatronika. Košice, Emilena tlačiareň 2004

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is taught through lectures explaining the basic principles and theory of the discipline.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

The graded course-unit credit granting is conditioned by handing over an independent work concerning a pre-set topic and passing the test of presented topics. The resulting classification is set by point assessment according to the Study and Examination Rules of the Technical University. Students can gain the points from 2 parts:
1. Written test of presented topics, 0-20 points.
2. Quality of independent home work 0-80 points.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


The aim of the subject of the Introduction to Mechatronics is to get the students acquainted with basic issues and principles of mechatronics and to show examples of differences between mechatronic systems and classic constructions. The task of the subject is to explain the principles of activity of basic functional blocks of mechatronic systems.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

The subject contains only lectures. Missed lectures are not compensated.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme B3A-P Bachelor's

    branch B-MET , 1. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Introduction to mechatronics, its history and principles
2. Characterization the term of mechatronics
3. Structure of mechatronic systems
4. Mechatronics potential
5. Special aspects of the mechatronic system developement
6. Problem solving cycles
7. Tools
8. A brief overview of selected sensors
9. A brief overview of electro-mechanic actuators
10.Case study: design of the break system
11.Case study: design of the drive unit of a simple painting system
12.Case study: design of the active dumping module
13.Case study: design of the integrated multicoordinate drive