The programme has a Mechatronics Lab that includes: (1) A modular, flexible production system – with three different stations, consisting of stations for handling, distributing, testing, sorting of different parts and a pallet transfer system. The system was designed for training and research in handling technology, assembly, disassembly logistics, PLC programmng, electro-pneumatic, sensor technologies, analogue measurements, position control, I/O communication, AC motors and frequency converter, (2) Laboratory system for fundamentals of pneumatics and electro-pneumatics – the system consists of a single and double acting cylinders, solenoid valwes, two and three fod electricl limit switches, proximity switches, pressure sensors, flow and control valves, (3) Laboratory system for PLC – the system consists of the first module of CPU, analog expansion, temperature module, simulation software, data acquisition interface board, (4) Education robotics – it includes an education robot and robot soccer system. In addition, the lab includes other essenial tools for practice.
The curriculum provides both a subject and design oriented approach to education. In addition to the fundamentals of mechatronics related and mechtronic essential subjects, the curriculum is geared towards mechatronics system analysis and design. The curriculum has hence included a process-orientation dimension intended to encourage students’ commitment to projects.
In order to outline management aspects associated with the educational technology the relevant organisational and management elements for the lab courses are as follows: teaching materials are placed into the Moodle platform (online learning), attendance to the tutorials and labs is mandatory, students can have access to the laboratory and wireless PC room, a tight coupling between lecture and laboratory activity, technical support for tutorial and lab sessions which would be delivered by staff who understand problems and their solution,large whiteboards, flipcharts, LCD and projectors for presentations.
The institution has a wide network of institutions and industry network to enable students work placement. The programme in itself has attracted mainly people already engaged in the labour market and the study choice seems to have been mainly oriented as skills upgrading process. The programme emphasizes the importane of practical work both in terms of the share of hours dedicated to practical laboratory experience and its focus on an industry-based thesis and mechatronics application. The theory-practice section above outlines the laboratories that the institution has acquired to enable students a greater emphasis on the practical component. Furthermore, the institution has attracted industry practicioners to lecture at the institution as a means to reinforce students’ insights into the latest developments in the industry. A complete list of agreements with industry as well as student mobility options has been describied in detail in the Student Employment and Career Section of this report