Mechatronics is a course that integrates elements of design including mechanical, electrical, electromechanical, control, and digital electronic components. Whereas Elements of Mechanical Design focusses on the standard mechanical elements, this follow-on course covers additional elements such as PID controllers, DC motors, potentiometers and encoders, servo motors, h-bridges, and other components required to create a fully mechatronic design.
This course has been offered in the Department of Applied Science to graduate students in the past; however, it incorporated considerable mechanical elements since the student population did not have any mechanical engineering background. This course is currently on hiatus until the new prerequisite, Elements of Mechanical Design, can wind its way through the labyrinth that is the UALR curriculum approval process.
It should be resurrected in its new form next time Dr. Wright has a normal teaching load.