The significance of autotronics
We are becoming more and more aware that an increasing standard of living makes demands on our environment. For instance, the growing number of vehicles results in more air pollution, an increasing demand for finite fossil fuel resources and an increasing risk of traffic accidents.
Luckily there is some hope for the future: the world has taken notice and measures are being taken to reduce the consequences of this worldwide increase in the number of vehicles. A lot of money, time and energy is being invested into significantly reducing harmful vehicle emissions. Engines are becoming increasingly better and cleaner, and fuel consumption is being reduced or alternative fuels are being used. Furthermore, governments are issuing strict demands about safety, for instance, by requiring the use of safety belts.
The development of vehicle stabilisation systems like ESP by Bosch enables the driver to drive a vehicle more safely; however, a vehicle stabilisation system will never be able to compensate for irresponsible driving behaviour. The increasing use of these kinds of complex systems requires good mutual cooperation between them. They have to communicate with each other in such a way that important decisions (e.g. activation of the airbag in case of a car crash) can be executed instantaneously. In short, the vehicle of tomorrow is even more complex than the vehicle of today, and an increasing number of complex systems will have to cooperate through the help of autotronics.
Autotronics is a complex discipline which enables us to not only control the most modern techniques coming together in vehicles, but also to improve them in such a way that our children and grandchildren will be able to travel safely. This comprehensive minor course will acquaint you with all aspects of autotronics. Your main assignment will be to develop a mechatronical system for use in vehicles.
This course will give you an in-depth overview of all aspects of autotronics. Your main task will be to act as a designer and develop a mechatronical system for vehicles.
The following topics will be part of this course:
- Vehicle electronics
- I/O programming
- Matlab/Simulink introduction
- Control system engineering
The project counts for 50% of the course grade, providing a splendid opportunity for you to put theory into practice and improve your project-related competences.
Type of minor
This is a specialisation exchange course. This means it enables you to further deepen your skills and knowledge within your own profession (professional profile).
Block exchange course
This exchange course is offered once or twice a year in a block during a semester.
The learning outcomes listed below will help you decide whether this exchange course matches your personal goals.
The course is aimed at the following professional tasks:
- Doing research
As a consequence, the course includes the following learning outcomes:
- The student will be able to understand market, socio-economic and environmental trends and their impacts on development processes within the automotive society.
- The student will be able to transfer these trends into functional and technical requirements for the application and control of mechatronical components and systems as part of automotive design.
- The student will be able to carry out applied research and design activities as part of a multidisciplinary design team, and will understand the necessary steps from the functional level to technical design, including the use of design tools (e.g. simulation tools, hardware and software for loop analysis).
- The student will be able to design and validate a mechatronical system (or its model or controller) as part of an automotive system, including related services and processes.
The course aims to develop the following core competences:
- Development of a programme of demands
- Design of a mechatronical system with respect to modelling and control
- Validation of a product, service or process
- Conducting a research programme
- Effectively cooperating in a multidisciplinary team
Additionally, the minor will also develop other competences, such as:
- Advising about market demand
- Guiding personal professional development
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An exchange course will be of most benefit to you if it complements your studies and/or your professional profile, is at an appropriate level and does not overlap with your major.
The course is open to technical Bachelors students from departments of:
- Electrical Engineering
- Embedded Systems Engineering
- Automotive Engineering
Or any equivalent technical Bachelors level course
The course provides an advanced level of development engineering and requires students to have completed 2.5 years of prior study.
A comparable level of programming and testing knowledge is necessary for students who come from outside the automotive courses.
Nice to know
If there are any doubts about students’ preparation, they must complete an intake assessment. A sufficient level of English fluency is a prerequisite for admission to this course.
- An IELTS score of at least 6.5 or
- A TOEFL score of at least 90 (Internet-based), 232 (computer-based) or
- A Cambridge First Certificate in English (FCE), A Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or a Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE).
During this exchange course your performance will be assessed in the following ways:
The course consists of 2 terms, each with a duration of 9-10 weeks. You will have exams during the two theoretical terms.
The modules are assessed in the form of written exams, practice reports and assignment reports.
The design project is assessed by a report and a presentation. The practical is assessed by active participation with satisfactory results.
Students are expected to be available from Monday to Friday, so doing a part-time job or taking other subjects from Monday to Friday between 8:45 - 17:30 is not an option.
The study load mainly comprises contact hours with the tutor, tutorials, practice, self-study hours and assignment hours. It is assumed that students in this course will put in 840 clock hours (30 European credit points).
This course is offered once a year, during Semester 1 (Sept- Jan).
- Lectures and practical work 4-5 days per week
- Guest lectures
- Exam re-sits (if necessary)
The teaching staff will divide students into groups for practical work and into teams for the project. The teams will be multidisciplinary: you will be working with students from different backgrounds.