- Class Number 2939
- Term Code 3330
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Bram Slagmolen
- Dr Bram Slagmolen
- Dr John Debs
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 20/02/2023
- Class End Date 26/05/2023
- Census Date 31/03/2023
- Last Date to Enrol 27/02/2023
Ever wanted to build something but didn’t know how? Thought you couldn’t master the skills needed? Want to take an idea or solution to a problem and bring it into reality? This course will give you the confidence to design, prototype, and build solutions to real world problems. You’ll have the opportunity to pick up new skills, or expand and grow existing ones in CAD, Digital Fabrication, Circuit Design and Fabrication, Programing, and even the good old hammer. You’ll begin the year with “deep-dives”, building simple projects that grow your confidence in a range of these skills. As the semester progresses, you’ll have the opportunity in small teams to either propose your own projects/ideas, or service a client’s needs with an innovative solution. You’ll come out of this experience with transferable skills, and the tenacity to do anything from repairing a smartphone, through to designing your own sensor system to interface with it!
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Understand and gain experience with the process of prototyping--design, build, evaluate, iterate;
- Develop, analyse, and critically evaluate alternative options in order to justify and generate solutions in a real-world project;
- Demonstrate proficiency with a wide variety of key techniques in hands-on making, electronics;
- Effectively communicate decisions and solutions using appropriate media to professional and lay audiences;
Project 1 will require you to download and use the Arduino IDE: https://www.arduino.cc/en/main/software
Whether you are on campus or studying remotely, there are a variety of online platforms you will use to participate in your study program. These could include videos for lectures and other instruction, two-way video conferencing for interactive learning, email and other messaging tools for communication, interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities, print and/or photo/scan for handwritten work and drawings, and home-based assessment.
ANU outlines recommended student system requirements to ensure you are able to participate fully in your learning. Other information is also available about the various Learning Platforms you may use.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- written comments
- verbal comments
- feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc
ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.
Students must enrol in PHYS6701 (6 units) consecutively over 2 semesters (12 units total).
|Summary of Activities
|PHYS6701 Rapid Prototyping and Systems Integration is taken as a 6 unit course in Semester 1. There is then the option to build on the skills developed in semester 2 by enrolling in the 6 unit course PHYS8702: Prototyping and Systems Integration
|Project 1: Week 2-6. Self balancing two-wheeled robot Your first assessed project will be a self-balancing two-wheeled robot. The project will give you experience in 3D printing, soldering, programming Arduino microprocessors, and configuring PID controllers. This is an individual project, you each get to build your own robot. We understand that students will often work together on the project but the assessment is constructed such that you will have to demonstrate your understanding of the code and individuality of design. Initially, you will construct these robots from supplied parts and with moderately detailed instructions that will get you to the stage where your robot will balance on its own two wheels. After that, you will be expected to “improve” the robot to achieve better performance and/or greater functionality. Suggestions for improvements and upgrades include but are not limited to: · Mechanical improvements - 3D print a new and better chassis, change the position of the sensor and battery to achieve better stability, use larger/smaller wheels, increase the power to the electric motors, substitute stepper motors, etc. · Software improvements – re-write the code to reduce unwanted noise in the signal from the sensor unit, such as by changing the polling rate or programming a filter. · Remote control – add the ability to remotely command your robot to follow a path, or follow a pre-programmed path. · Line following – add the ability for your robot to follow a black line on the ground. · Dynamic balance – make the robot update its balance point so as not to roll forward when an off-centre weight is placed on the robot. The more of these improvements and features you include, the better. More details are available in the Project 1 folder on Wattle.
|Short oral presentations and reports outlining progress. Check of log book to assess recording practices. Final report covering the whole project in more detail. This project will run over teaching weeks 2 to 6. In weeks 3, 4, and 5 you will give a 5 minute oral presentation as well as a roughly one page report on your progress. These presentations and reports are intended to show problems you have encountered, how you have solved them or are going about solving them, and your design considerations. Your lecturer will also check and mark your project log book, to ensure that you are properly documenting your design process. In week 6 you will demonstrate your final robot to your lecturers and class mates. You will demonstrate the stability and performance of the robot and any additional features you have added. Your final assessment for Project 1 will be a medium-length written report (roughly 5 pages), in a journal publication style, giving and overview of your final robot. More details of the assessments, as well as marking criteria are given in the Project 1 folder on Wattle.
|week 7-11 Project 2: Kibble balance Your second assessed project is to design and build a Kibble balance (formerly known as a Watt balance), a device designed to precisely weigh a mass against the electrical power required to balance it. This project will be done in small groups and will require more research and design effort on the part of the students. This project is designed to give you further experience in fabrication and control loops but will emphasize sourcing and selection of components to meet requirements, systems integration, data acquisition, signal conditioning and analysis, and will require more effort in understanding the underlying science goal. This project is inspired by the NIST LEGO Watt Balance. You will have to research the purpose and functionality of a Kibble balance, design the mechanical structure, compare and select electronic components against requirements, program the control, data acquisition and analysis software, test the balance, and estimate its relative uncertainty. Get started researching and designing your Kibble balance early. You will have to clear the purchasing of any components you need to buy with the course convener, and then wait for them to be delivered. (Unless you are willing to spend your own money on the project in which case you are free to purchased what you want when you want.) More details are available in the Project 2 folder on Wattle.
|Short oral presentations and reports outlining progress. Check of log book to assess recording practices. Final report covering the whole project in more detail. This project will run over teaching weeks 7 to 11 (though you will benefit from beginning you research during the teaching break). In weeks 8, 9, and 10 you will give a roughly 5 minute oral presentation (as a group) as well as a roughly one page (group) report on your progress. These presentations and reports are intended to show problems you have encountered, how you have solved them or are going about solving them, and your design considerations. Your lecturer will also check and mark your project log book, to ensure that you are properly documenting your design process. In week 11 you will demonstrate your final Kibble balance to your lecturers and class mates. You will be given a calibration weight to calibrate you Kibble balance. You will then be given a known weight and asked to weigh it and present your uncertainty. Your final assessment for Project 2 will be a medium-length written report (roughly 5 pages), in a journal publication style, giving and overview of your Kibble balance design and performance. More details of the assessments, as well as marking criteria are given in the Project 2 folder on Wattle.
|Return of assessment
|Regular oral and written progress reports
|Achievement of regular milestones
|Final oral presentation
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Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
Regular oral and written progress reports
During the course of projects 1 and 2 you will give short presentations and provide short written updates on the progress of your project.
These are weekly/fortnightly assignments with due dates announced as the semester progresses.
- Students will be required to provide weekly 5 minutes oral report plus 6 fortnightly written project updates (approximately 1 page each).
Further information is provided in the course wattle site.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2
Achievement of regular milestones
Reports at the conclusion of projects 1 and 2. Due dates announced as the semester progresses.
Regular assessment of project log book to observe proper recording and project management practices. These are weekly assessments with due dates announced as the semester progresses.
There will be weekly/fortnightly assignments with due dates announced as the semester progresses.
- This will be assessed via: a report at the end of projects 1 and 2 and weekly assessment of project log book.
Further information is provided in the course wattle site.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 4
This will be assessed via: a written report of the advanced project concept design and plan.
- Due: Friday 26 May, 2023
- Feedback returned: 1 week after
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 4
Final oral presentation
This will be assessed via: an oral presentation of the advanced project concept design and plan.
Due: Monday 22 May 2023
Feedback returned: 1 week later
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Dr Bram Slagmolen
Dr Bram Slagmolen