Mechatronics is an interdisciplinary pathway that combines mechanical, electronic engineers and IT technology (telecommunication, control systems, computers and other fields). That is it is a mix of knowledge from different areas of engineering. This field was invented in 1969 due to the contemporary trends in industry; a person knows quite a bit about many fields will be able to manage and to deal with different engineer teams.
Companies these days, in particular, are looking for mechatronic graduates. In addition to all types of production lines/industries, they can work in robotics, car industries and new trend electric cars, in transport facilities (trains, airplanes/aircraft companies), human life applications (fake arms etc), nanotechnology applications, they can develop their own business, and can join many other contemporary IT fields such as augmented /virtual reality, in addition to military and aerospace applications.
The Electrical Engineering – Mechatronics students start an excellent journey to progress into careers in industry leading companies around the world. The Department of Electrical & Electronic Applied Engineering has developed a modern Mechatronic Bachelor Degree program, accredited by Zueva, a German awarding body, and recognized by the Saudi Council of Engineers (SEC). Unique to this Applied Engineering College is that all subjects are delivered in English by a team of international experts. These factors create highly capable engineering professionals with both theoretical and active knowledge of Mechatronics engineering, which gives our graduates the competitive edge in gaining employment in an exciting career.
Apart from the curriculum, employability is highly supported through a international recognized Siemens Mechatronic program. The AEC College is licensed by Siemens to deliver the SMSCP program (Siemens Mechatronic Systems Course Program). This training course brings together Electronics systems, Mechanical Systems and Information Communication Technology.
This allows you to understand Mechanical CAD, Digital Control Systems, Electro-mechanics and control electronics, delivered by Siemens certified lecturers. Mechatronic students will be awarded the SMSCP license (apart from the degree) after successfully passing an official online test in the presence of Siemens representatives.
The Mechatronic lab consists of highly sophisticated mimic production lines, robotic arm control applications from FESTO GmbH comp, along with advanced programmable Logic controllers (PLCs) from Siemens.
Coursework, department facilities, teaching methods, community and industry will engage students in the fundamentals of critical thinking and problem-solving, communication skills and teamwork. The program emphasizes the best of engineering theory, professional practice, engineering standards, cutting edge software, design and control processes while utilizing student-centered instructional method in the way people learn best. “Top-Down” modern teaching method (rather than “bottom-up” traditional approach) is adopted specifically in delivering the Mechatronic curriculum due to its proven ability to enhance students learning. The result will be highly capable engineering professionals with both theoretical and active knowledge of engineering.
|Module code||Module Name||Credit points||Credit Hours|
|EM1-ECC||Electric Circuits and Components||10||126|
|Both DC and AC circuits and Transient analysis are introduced. Circuit elements voltage-current characteristics, independent and dependent sources; Kirchhoff’s laws, nodal analysis, mesh current, source transformation, Thevenin’s, Norton’s theorems and Superposition principle; DC Transient response of RC, RL and RLC circuits and Sinusoidal steady-state and impedance; AC Instantaneous and average power; Basic Semiconductor devices structure and operation; are all introduced. Computer simulation tools such as mutliSim in analyzing electric circuits are used. Contact hours: 4 Theo. + 3 Prac|
|CD-MAT-1||Applied Mathematics 1||4||54|
|The module is a stepping stone that enable students to consolidate basic mathematical principles in order to promote awareness of the applications of mathematics across a broad base of engineering studies. The module promotes student understanding and application of mathematical concepts and basic algebraic operations, geometry, algebra functions and their graphs.|
|CD-PHY-1||Applied Physics 1||4||54|
|The module introduces students to the application of physics concepts and ideas in a novel context while emphasising on the understand and acquisition of knowledge fundamental to a broad range of engineering studies. The course encourages creative thinking and problem-solving skills through simulated practicals to consolidate the application of basic principles which include, measurements, forces and motion. Specialisation topics offered facilitate the main engineering pathways include dynamics & projectile motion (Mech. & Elec. Eng.) and waves (ICT Eng.).|
|CD-ENG-1||English Language 1||7||180|
|CD-ENG-1 is the first of 6 modules that gradually prepare AEC students to plan, design, write and defend a bachelor thesis project; take the British Council Aptis test; and embark on a career in engineering equipped with the language skills and knowledge to do so successfully. The module focuses on English for Engineering Purposes, English for General Purposes and English for Academic Purposes as students move through A2 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). One of focuses of the module is on writing simple and compound sentences and using this acquired knowledge to complete a variety of reading, writing, listening, speaking, vocabulary and grammar tasks.|
|CD-ISL-1||Islamic Studies 1||2||36|
|Broaden the outlook of students with regard to work ethics through offering them objective and systematic knowledge of the major areas of “Islamic studies”. Moreover, familiarize the students with the importance of work and its place in human life and define the place of the students in conjunction with morality and action. Students are engaged in critical discussion of selected issues and understand how to be dynamic contributors to the society taking responsibilities and making decisions.|
|CD-ACS-1||Academic Competencies 1||2||36|
|CD-ACS-1 provides students with the academic study skills, competencies and knowledge needed to succeed at the AEC and assists them in preparing, presenting and submitting assessed work and engaging fully with college lessons, teachers and tasks. It provides an introduction to Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel as well as Google Drive, Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Docs, Google Forms and Google Sheets and various keyboard and typing skills.|
|Module code||Module Name||Credit points||Credit Hours|
|EM2-AMS||Applied Mechanical Systems||8||126|
|Introduction of the major machine elements in the field of mechanical engineering and fluid power systems. Their functions and their interaction in machine systems will be explained, advantages and disadvantages presented, simple hydraulic and pneumatic circuit and the function of basic components such as pump, motor, compressor and cylinder. It demonstrates the ability to solve basic mechanical and fluid power problems involving the relationships between force, torque, speed, flow, power, and pressure. Design, draw, and test simple hydraulic and pneumatic circuits.
Contact Hours: 4 Theor. + 3 Prac. Prac
|EE2-CPR||Computer Programming & MATLAB||3||54|
|Aims to give a hands-on foundation in procedural programming using a high-level language : MATLAB. It is followed in Semester 3 (EL) or Semester 4 (IM and EP) by a general course in C language, and in Semester 5 (EL and IM) by a course in microcontroller-based applications in C language. The course covers variables and expressions, matrices, graphing, and program flow control (flowcharts, conditionals, loops). It also deals with user-defined functions. Contact Hours/w: 3 (computer lab)|
|CD-MAT-2||Applied Mathematics 2||4||54|
|The module consolidates previous learnt concepts to enhance students understanding and awareness of more complex mathematical principles, necessary for advancement into a range of engineering studies. It strongly emphasizes the development of essential understanding and skills in mathematical concepts, manipulation and solution of functions of trigonometry, exponential & hyperbolic, complex numbers, matrices and determinants.|
|CD-PHY-2||Applied Physics 2||4||54|
|This module consolidate previous concepts learnt and introduces further physics principles and how to apply these in everyday and technological settings within the respective engineering pathways. The module encourages deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods through the application of practical skills integrated with the theoretical topics studied which include; electricity, magnetism, electricity generation, forces, fields and motion.|
|CD-ENG-2||English Language 2||7||180|
|Building on CD-ENG-1, CD-ENG-2 is the second of 6 modules that gradually prepare AEC students to plan, design, write and defend a bachelor thesis project; take the British Council Aptis test; and embark on a career in engineering equipped with the language skills and knowledge to do so successfully. The module focuses on English for Engineering Purposes, English for General Purposes and English for Academic Purposes as students continue to move through A2 and approach B1 on the CEFR. Amongst other things, simple and compound sentences are revisited before focusing on writing complex sentences and paragraphs and using the newly acquired knowledge and skills to complete a variety of reading, writing, listening, speaking, vocabulary and grammar tasks. The module culminates with students’ participation in a job fair where they have to write a CV, attend a job interview and organise the fair with fellow classmates and teachers.|
|CD-ACS-2||Academic Competencies 2||2||36|
|CD-ACS-2 builds on the skills, competencies and knowledge acquired in CD-ACS-1 whilst continuing to reinforce, solidify and provide the academic study skills, competencies and knowledge needed to succeed at the AEC and assists students in preparing, presenting and submitting assessed work and engaging fully with college lessons, teachers and tasks. It continues CD-ACS-1’s focus on Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel as well as Google Drive, Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Docs, Google Forms and Google Sheets and various keyboard and typing skills albeit at a more advanced level.|
|Module code||Module Name||Credit points||Credit Hours|
|EE-AEA||Analog Electronics and Applications||9||126|
|Introduces the semiconductor devices and its applications. It covers briefly the semiconductor physics, and diodes types and application. BJT transistor is explained in detailed with several applications; FET and MSOFET are also explained. Four layer devices are introduced with its applications. And finally the OPAMP is explained with detailed applications. Contact Hours/w: 4 Theor. + 3 Prac.|
|EE3-DEA||Digital Electronics and Applications||6||90|
|Emphasis is on practical design techniques and circuit implementation. Topics covered are number systems and codes, Boolean Algebra, logic gates and flip-flops, electrical characteristics, propagation delay and timing analysis, combinational logic circuits, sequential (synchronous and asynchronous) logic circuits, arithmetic circuits, digital subsystems and MSI logics such as counters, registers, encoders and interfacing circuits. Contact Hours/w: 4 Theor. + 3 Prac.|
|EM3-MSS||Measurement Systems and Sensor||6||90|
|Provides theoretical and practical foundations of measuring the most important technical quantities in mechatronics. The physical principles and properties of the respective sensors will be covered.
The importance of sensors is increasing rapidly. There are plenty of examples where sensors are needed to achieve safety criteria (i.e. Automotive and Households), and to get more efficient use of energy. Finally, the aim of this course is to give a broad overview of the most common sensor principles and measurement methods.
Contact Hours: 3 Theor. + 2 Prac.
|CD-MAT-3||Applied Mathematics 3||4||72|
|The module consolidates previous learnt concepts to advance student awareness and understanding of the application of mathematical principles in models used in optimizing of engineering systems that are deterministic and modeled using differential equations. It introduces differential equations and their solution, and relates the theory to physical systems and simple real world applications. Specialization topics which include Integration (Mech. Eng.), Laplace transform (Elect. Eng.) and discrete graphs (ICT Eng.) are also offered to facilitate specific mathematical concepts applied within the engineering specialization programs.|
|CD-ENG-3||English Language 3||5||108|
|Building on previous ENG modules, CD-ENG-3 continues to prepare AEC students to plan, design, write and defend a
bachelor thesis project; take the British Council Aptis test; and embark on a career in engineering equipped with the language skills and knowledge to do so
successfully. The module focuses on English for Engineering Purposes, English for General Purposes and English for Academic Purposes as students move through B1 o
n the CEFR. CD-ENG-3 introduces a variety of different paragraphs written for a variety of different reasons. Students are exposed to informal and formal writing
along with the conventions of both and learn how to write formal and informal emails and how to write in internet chat rooms and forums and the etiquettes of this
genre of writing. This prepares them for the Aptis test and also gives them an opportunity to consolidate what has been learnt in previous modules before moving
on to writing longer prose such as reports in CD-ENG-4.
|Module code||Module Name||Credit points||Credit Hours|
|EE-PED||Power Electronics and Electric Drives||6||90|
|Introduction of principles, operation, and design of power electronics converter and electric motors drives since the electric motors are the most ubiquitous actuators in electromechanical systems.
Principle of basic electric motors: DC motor, stepper motor and induction motor and their drive technology using power electronics modules, the operation of: Power semiconductor devices; the four power electronic modules (AC-DC, DC-DC, DC-AC and AC-AC) Applications: Power supplies, DC motor drives, half-bridge and full-bridge single-phase inverters feeding inductive loads; pulse-width-modulated (PWM) inverter. Contact Hours: 3 Theor. + 2 Prac..
|EE4-IAP||Industrial Automation and PLC||4||54|
|An introductory course to industrial Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs). Students learn how to configure single-PLC systems, and design PLC programs using commonly
used programming languages (ladder diagrams, function block diagrams, and statement lists). Bus technology for systems involving multiple PLCs is also studied. Contact Hours: 3 (PLC lab)
|EE-PRC||Programming in C||3||54|
|Provides a hands-on introduction to C programming, on a PC platform, using a commercial Integrated Development Environment (IDE), Microsoft Visual Studio. It builds on a previous course, Computer Programming and Matlab (EE2-CPR). The course covers variables, expressions, and program flow control (flowcharts, conditionals, loops). It also deals with user-defined functions, pointers, structures, and files. Contact Hours/w: 3 (computer lab)|
|EE-ACS||Automatic Control Systems||4||72|
|This module applies knowledge of mechanics, material science and physics for to analyze and evaluate stability of basic mechanic structures and their elements. Application of free body diagrams for problem solving and understanding of concepts of mechanical functional units will be used to evaluate material strength parameters and dimensions for machine elements for force and torque transfer. Foundation for stress analysis is laid.|
|CD-ENG-4||English Language 4||5||108|
|Building on previous ENG modules, CD-ENG-4 continues to prepare AEC students to plan, design, write and defend a bachelor thesis project; take the British Council Aptis test; and embark on a career in engineering equipped with the language skills and knowledge to do so successfully. The module focuses on English for Engineering Purposes, English for General Purposes and English for Academic Purposes as students continue to move through B1 on the CEFR. In CD-ENG-4, students are expected to begin writing multi-paragraph essays for a variety of different reasons and use this newly acquired knowledge and skills to complete a variety of reading, writing, listening, speaking, vocabulary and grammar tasks.|
|CD-BE-1||Business Enterprise 1||2||36|
|In CD-BE-1, students are introduced to several business enterprise related topics and contexts. Students learn about how modern day businesses function and the principles of marketing and marketing strategies. In addition, students develop their knowledge and understanding of what an entrepreneur is and what entrepreneurship entails as well as learning about business plans and how to create successful ones. Several soft skills are embedded into the module which equip students with the skills they need at the AEC and in the workplace.|
|CD-TT-1||Train the Trainer 1||2||36|
|CD-TT-1 provides a basic understanding of a variety of different modern day teaching methodologies. Students choose a methodology of their choice and research and explore it in more depth. Using this newly-acquired knowledge, students prepare and deliver a presentation and short lesson and submit a written report in which they describe, evaluate and define their chosen methodology. Throughout the module, students are given ample opportunities to put the theory they learn into practice and acquire a variety of skills useful and transferable to the workplace.|
|Module code||Module Name||Credit points||Credit Hours|
|Hands-on course provides an introduction to microcontroller concepts, embedded C programming techniques, and interfacing, focusing on 8-bit PIC microcontrollers. Other platforms including Arduino and dsPIC are also studied. A system modeling tool, Proteus VSM, is used to simulate interactively microcontroller-based systems. Some of the designs are implemented using real hardware components. The course covers interfacing of a large variety of devices, from LEDs to DC motors. It also covers using built-in peripherals including Analog-to-Digital converters, timers, serial communication modules, and the EEPROM. Embedded C programming techniques are also studied, including Pulse Width Modulation (for motor speed control), Finite State Machines, and the Real-Time Operating System (RTOS). Contact Hours: 4 (computer lab)|
|EM5-IBS||Industrial Bus Systems||4||36|
|Gives an introduction to the networking systems and their applications in industrial fields. It covers basic principles on how networks into the various “industrial application”. By having a better understanding of how networks function when passing data from one point to another, combining different Ethernet technologies, together with some form of fieldbus wiring to accomplish both machine and industrial processes. The networking systems are now used to communicate with “smart” components and communication protocols that are used in the common network topologies.
Contact Hours: 2 Theor.
|EE5-SEM||System Engineering and Management||3||54|
|It provides methodological support for the cross-domain development of engineering systems. General introduction to systems engineering using the classical V-model will be covered. The main aspects are intended to be the procedures, methods and tools for the early phase of development, concentrating on system design. The result of system design is the assured concept of an engineering system. This is understood as meaning the solution established in principle and checked by verification and validation. The second part of this course focuses on management principles, methods, and tools to effectively plan and implement successful system and product development projects.
Contact Hours/w: 3 (Mechatronic lab)
|Review vehicle fundamentals such as movement, rolling Aerodynamic and Grading Resistance, Dynamic Equations. Gear, Hydrodynamic, Continuously Variable Transmissions Maximum Speed of a Vehicle, Acceleration Performance Fuel EconomyEM^-PDD Characteristics of Internal Combustion Engines, Calculation of Vehicle Fuel Economy, Improve Fuel Economy, Braking Performance; park-Ignited IC Engines: Operation principles and parameters, Emission control; Compression-Ignition IC Engines; electric and hybrid vehicles: Configurations, performance, Traction Motor Characteristics Tractive Effort and Transmission Requirement , energy consumption, braking and stability of car system. Contact Hours: 3 Theor. + 1 Prac.|
|CD-ENG-5||English Language 5||3||72|
|Building on previous ENG modules, in CD-ENG-5, students continue to prepare to plan, design, write and defend a bachelor thesis project; take the British Council Aptis test; and embark on a career in engineering equipped with the language skills and knowledge to do so successfully. The module focuses on English for Engineering Purposes, English for General Purposes and English for Academic Purposes as students move through B1 on the CEFR. CD-ENG-5 exposes students to extended writing and writing reports and longer prose in preparation for CD-ENG-6 where they plan, conduct, write and defend their bachelor thesis project and use this newly acquired knowledge and skills to complete a variety of reading, writing, listening, speaking, vocabulary and grammar tasks.|
|CD-BE-2||Business Enterprise 2||2||36|
|Building on CD-BE-1, CD-BE-2 introduces more business enterprise concepts and contexts. The module explores the importance of social media in the world of business today and how it can be used successfully by entrepreneurs and businesses. It also provides an introduction to accounting and project management. As in CD-BE-1, several soft skills are embedded into the module which equip students with the skills they need at the AEC and in the workplace.|
|CD-TT-2||Train the Trainer 1||2||36|
|CD-TT-2 builds on CD-TT-1 and likewise provides a basic understanding of a variety of different learning styles. Students are given the opportunity to choose a learning style of their choice and research and explore it in more depth. Using this newly-acquired knowledge, students prepare and deliver a presentation and short lesson and submit a written report in which they describe, evaluate and define their chosen learning style. Throughout the module, students are given ample opportunities to put the theory they learn into practice whilst acquiring a variety of skills that are transferable to the workplace.|
|Module code||Module Name||Credit points||Credit Hours|
|EE6-ESA||Engineering System Applications||4||108|
|engineering system is revised and analyzed using top-down approach such that it can be broken into functions; creating model based designs using Matlab & Simulink, MultiSim and LabView. Hardware and software, quality and process standards are introduced and used in a specific system. Contact Hours: 6 (Mechatronic & computer labs)|
|EM6-PDD||Product Design and Development||2||36|
|This course blends the perspectives of marketing, design, and manufacturing into a single approach to product development. As a result, this course provides students with an approach for the realities of industrial practice and for the complex and essential roles played by the various members of product development teams. The students should know a set of product development methods that can be applied on practically development projects. Contact Hours: 3 (Mechatronic Lab)|
|EM6-ROI||Basics of Robotic and Intelligent Systems||3||54|
|involves Interface of analogue and digital peripherals to a microcontroller, and program it using C and assembly language. Interface analogue and digital peripherals to a PC via a data acquisition (DAQ) device and program it using a high-level programming language such as MATLAB or LabVIEW; Configuring a wireless mobile network to enable two-way communications between a mobile robots and a base station, and between mobile robots; carry out calculations within the realm of classic control theory and validate them using MATLAB simulations; design robotics programs implementing decision-making; design programs implementing crisp and fuzzy logic, decision trees, path planning; implement advanced techniques via group project work.
Contact hours: 3 (Embedded and Mechtronic Labs)
|Applications of engineering and basic sciences to the total design of electrical engineering circuits and systems. Consideration of the design process including feasibility study, preliminary design detail, cost effectiveness, along with development and evaluation of a prototype accomplished through design-team project activity. Complete written and oral engineering report required.|
|CD-ISL-2||Islamic Studies 2||2||36|
|Building on previous Islamic Studies 1 module, students understand Human rights based on Islamic perspective focusing on the legal principles of human rights in Saudi laws and regulations. Furthermore, engage students in critical discussion of selected issues in human rights in Islam and introduce them to professional ethics. Additionally, provide the students with skills of professional ethical practice and help them to develop a sense of moral responsibility in professional practice.|
|CD-ENG-6||English Language 6||3||72|
|Building on previous ENG modules, in CD-ENG-6, students continue to prepare to plan, design, write and defend a bachelor thesis project; take the British Council Aptis test; and embark on a career in engineering equipped with the language skills and knowledge to do so successfully. The module focuses on English for Engineering Purposes, English for General Purposes and English for Academic Purposes as students continue to move through B1 and approach B2 on the CEFR. CD-ENG-6 focuses on the bachelor thesis and runs parallel to the students’ bachelor thesis project and supervision. Students are taken through the bachelor thesis process stage by stage (choosing a topic; writing an introduction and literature review; collecting and analyzing data; reporting and discussing results and findings; writing a conclusion and preparing for the colloquium) and use this newly acquired knowledge and skills to complete a variety of reading, writing, listening, speaking, vocabulary and grammar tasks. The modules represents the final stage of preparation for the British Council Aptis test also.|
|CD-BE-3||Business Enterprise 3||2||36|
|Building on CD-BE-1 and CD-BE-2, CD-BE-3 explores business enterprise topics and concepts in further depth. Students learn about the important leadership skills needed to succeed in the workplace of tomorrow. They also learn how to prepare and present business plans and explore in more depth the skills and competencies needed to become a successful entrepreneur. The module also explores how to conduct a SWOT analysis, the skills required to become a successful business leader and the complexities of a global marketplace. As in CD-BE-1 and CD-BE-2, several soft skills are embedded into the module which equip students with the skills they need in the workplace.|
|CD-TT-3||Train the Trainer 3||2||36|
|In building on the knowledge and skills acquired in CD-TT-1 and CD-TT-2, CD-TT-3 explores a variety of different assessment strategies. Using this newly-acquired knowledge, the students prepare and deliver a presentation and short lesson and submit a written report in which they describe, evaluate and define their chosen assessment strategy. Throughout the module, students are given ample opportunities to put the theory they learn on the module into practice. They also acquire a variety of skills that are transferable to the workplace.|
|Module code||Module Name||Credit points||Weeks|
|CD-OJT||On the Job Training||12||12|
|The On the Job Training module is an extremely important component of the student employment journey. Through real-life experiences it enhances student awareness of industry needs, expectations and work-based competencies. Also, it will provide our students with work-based opportunities where they can apply what they learn in the classroom workshop. On the Job Training is an avenue for our students to develop non-technical skills including communication and interpersonal skills. The OJT module is the first step towards develop meaningful graduate employments through the development of an industry connection.|