3 ECTS credits
75 h study time
Offer 1 with catalog number 1010886BNR for all students in the 2nd semester at a (B) Bachelor - advanced level.
This work college has multiple aims. First, it is the goal to build a bridge between the highly theoretical courses and the practical applications in order to stimulate the future engineers. Second, it is the aim that the students get in touch with electronics, photonics and information theory (EIT), and in addition has some knowledge about control theory. This will enable the students to make an educated choice about what they want to study later on. A last goal is to inform the non-EIT students about some fundamental aspects on EIT and control theory.
The aim of the work college is to control the heighted of a floating pint-pong ball. This ping-pong ball is positioned within a plexiglas tube and a ventilator blowing in this tube.
In a first phase, the wanted position of the ping pong ball is chosen to be fixed, while the position of the ball is measured and a signal is fed back to the ventilator to control the height. This requires the design of both some (small) analogue electronic circuitry, as well as the programming of a microcontroller in C. Additionally, the students need to mount a professional printed circuit board (PCB) using SMD technology.
In a second phase, it is required to be able to vary the position of the ping pong ball depending on some externally defined trajectory. This trajectory can be obtained in various ways: starting from video recondition techniques to detect the position of a hand, using a laser-based scanning technique, using the level of an audio sound, and yes, even controlling the height over the internet using the microcontroller (e.g. using an Adruino) is one of the possibilities. The actual method highly depends on the interest of the student. Creativity is hence strongly stimulated.
The student work in groeps of 4 to 5 persons and each group has access to a setup containing:
• A map with technical documentation about all the parts composing the system. Datasheets and manuals are available.
• A minimal application for the basic communication with the microcontroller
This technology project aims to give the students a flavor of a number of essential skills of an engineer. The focus is put more in particular on those skills that are essentially developed in the EIT curriculum.
• An intuitive approach to the system concept. This is one of the key concepts in the everyday abstract thinking of an engineer.
• Learn to use the system concept for the design and the debugging of a technical machine. You will have to learn to use the typical “what-if” techniques that are commonly used in this context.
• Learn to critically assess the advantages and the disadvantages of your own design. Learn to exploit the strengths of the design and to remediate its flaws.
• Learn to report in a technically fair way about the specifications of the design, and to clearly transfer the knowledge about the design to the colleagues working in the team.
• Learn to distribute the workload over the team members as a group, to allow evolving towards a solution in consensus.
• Learn about new topics and techniques independently. Of course, these topics will be founded on the prior basic skills of the curriculum.
The practical skills that you obtain in this course are
• The discovery of the many aspects of analogue and digital electronics, control engineering, signal processing and (micro) photonics.
• To learn to use and keep a lob book to ease the reporting of the project results, and their transfer to others.
• To learn to discover the borders between software and hardware in electronic engineering applications
The final grade is composed based on the following categories:
Oral Exam determines 50% of the final mark.
PRAC Teamwork determines 50% of the final mark.
Within the Oral Exam category, the following assignments need to be completed:
Within the PRAC Teamwork category, the following assignments need to be completed:
The evaluation of the work college is a continuous evaluation over the whole period. This involves all staff that guides the work colleges. The points are given in consensus, taking the following criteria into account:
This offer is part of the following study plans:
Bachelor of Engineering: Mechanical and Electrotechnical Engineering (only offered in Dutch)
Bachelor of Engineering: Civil Engineering (only offered in Dutch)
Bachelor of Engineering: Chemistry and Materials (only offered in Dutch)
Bachelor of Engineering: Electronics and Information Technology (only offered in Dutch)
Bachelor of Engineering: Electronics and Information Technology Profile Profile Computer Science (only offered in Dutch)
Bachelor of Engineering: verkort traject elektronica en informatietechnologie na vooropleiding industriële wetenschappen (only offered in Dutch)
Bachelor of Engineering: Startplan (only offered in Dutch)