Training Objectives and Requirements

The aim of the course is to foster students' all-round development in ethics, intellect, physique and aesthetics in line with the needs of socialist construction. Graduates will be equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to become engineers in the operation, maintenance, design, manufacture and development of mechatronic products and systems.

Requirements:

With the study of theoretical courses and practicals, students will receive the basic trainings required by engineers and meet the graduation requirements.

Professional knowledge and skills include:

  • A grasp of basic knowledge and skills in mechanical engineering;
  • An understanding of the basic theories, knowledge and skills of control engineering including sensing measurement technology, execution and drive techniques, and computer control techniques;
  • The ability to design, manufacture, use, maintain, and research and develop mechatronic products and systems;
  • Basic ability in cost-effectiveness analysis and production organization management in the engineering and manufacturing of mechatronic products; and
  • To master a foreign language so as to be able to read foreign language materials in the profession.

Major Courses

Mechatronics: C++ Language Procedure Design, Computer Graphics, Introduction to Electrical Control Engineering, Electrical Control and Programmable Controller Technology, Sensor and Testing Technology, Mechanical CAD/CAM, Hydraulic Pneumatic Technology, and Introduction to Mechatronics System Design.

Automation of Machine Building Process: C++ Language Procedure Design, Computer Graphics, Introduction to Electrical Control Engineering, Electrical Control and Programmable Controller Technology, Sensor and Testing Technology, Mechanical CAD/CAM, Hydraulic Pneumatic Technology, and Introduction to Mechatronics System Design.

Intelligent Control: Introduction to Electrical Control Engineering, Electrical Control and Programmable Controller Technology, Industrial Microcomputers, Computer Network Technology, Electric Machines and Control, and Intelligent Control Technology for Mechatronic Systems.

Future Occupations

Graduates will be prepared for positions in the operation, maintenance, design, manufacture and development of mechatronics products and systems.

Teaching Characteristics

Students

Students of the course should have received education at or above junior college level in mechanic, electronic and electromechanical engineering in the national education system. Most of them are on-the-job engineering technical personnel at the forefront of production in enterprises and have some practical experience。As on-the-job adults, they will mostly study part-time.

Modules

Compulsory Modules:

The course is geared to diploma-to-degree junior college graduate students studying Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, and it also admits junior college graduate students in Mechanics, Electronics and other engineering programmes. Its focus is basic knowledge related to mechatronics technology, the design, manufacture and testing methods of mechatronic products and systems, economic analysis and management knowledge. Eight compulsory subjects and 4 limited optional subjects are offered, including:

  • Two foundation subjects: Entrance Guide for Open Education, College English;
  • Three foundation subjects of the application technology of computer engineering: Basics of Computer Applications, C Language Procedure Design, and Computer Graphics;
  • Five foundation subjects on mechatronics technology: Electromechanical Control and Programmable Controller Technology, Hydropneumatics Technology, Sensor and Testing Technology, Bases of Electrical Control Engineering, and Mechanical CAD/CAM;
  • One module on mechatronics system: Design Bases of Mechatronics Systems.

Optional Modules:

Optional subjects are offered in the form of streams with three orientations: Stream A on mechatronics systems, Stream B on automatic machine building processes and Stream Module C on intelligent control of mechatronic systems.
The optional modules offered for Streams A and B include the three modules of Mechatronic Experimental Techniques, Industrial Design Basis and Modern Enterprise Management.

Besides the above common subjects, optional modules in Stream A include Software Technology in Computer Application (CAD Control Systems), Interface Technique (Microcomputer Control and Interface Techniques), and Combined Techniques (Robot Technology). These are paired with compulsory modules and practical trainings.
Optional modules in Stream B include: Manufacturing Technology (Technology of Mechanical Manufacture), Software and Hardware Control (Numerical Control Principles and Application), Manufacturing Technology (Modern Manufacturing Technology, Non-Conventional Machining, Mould Designing and Manufacturing) and others.
Optional modules in Stream C are set up especially for the course of Intelligent Control Technology of Mechatronic Systems, but Mechanical-Electrical Interface Technology is no longer designated as a limited optional module. Industrial Microcomputers, Computer Network Technology, Electric Machines and Control and Intelligent Control Technology of Mechatronic Systems are all limited optional modules included in the Stream for the course.

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Teaching Preparation

Condition Preparation:

Teaching Staff:
The teaching staff for the course are full-time and part-time teachers of China Radio and TV Universities (CRTVUs), teachers from collaborative colleges and universities and discipline experts from other higher education institutions, with the former as the base and the latter as a significant force.

The OUC:
There are seven full-time OUC teachers engaged in the course, and they come from the teaching and research section of the Mechanics and Automation Engineering and the computer teaching and research section of the Faculty of Engineering, including 1 professor, 2 associate professors, and 4 lecturers. One of the teachers has obtained a doctor’s degree in engineering and 3 of them have obtained master's degrees in engineering.

Beijing Jiaotong University:
The teaching resource development of the degree course is jointly run by the OUC and Beijing Jiaotong University, with both part-time and full-time teachers.

Harbin Institute of Technology:
The teaching resource development of the related specialized courses of the programme relies on Harbin Institute of Technology, with both part-time and full-time teachers.

PRTVUs:
The requirements for full-time teachers in provincial radio and TV universities (PRTVUs) are: There shall be 3 full-time teachers with education level at (or above) undergraduate of the course, including at least two teachers at or above associate senior professional titles. They will work with research on distance education subjects, media development and teaching tutorials relating to this course.

Part-time teachers must have professional titles at or above lecturer and teaching experience of the subjects they teach. All part-time teachers must pass assessments given by local radio and TV universities (RTVUs) before they take the job of teaching.

Experiment and Practical Training Terms:
The tutorial centers must have the conditions to complete practicals required in the teaching plan and syllabus (support can be drawn from local social resources for substantial practicals). Practical training is an indispensable part of the teaching plan for the course, and the tutorial centers shall take the responsibility of organizing teachers or collaborating with the local higher educational institutions to finish practical training.

Teaching Resources Preparation

Experts from cooperated higher education institutions are invited to act as course chief lecturers and chief editors, and multimedia teaching resources for compulsory modules and optional modules are organized in accordance with the OUC teaching resources plan, mainly including printed materials, audio-visual materials, VCD and CAI courseware, online resources, and online courses. The OUC is involved in instructional design, development and production of multi-media courseware, broadcasting of audio-visual programmes, the operation and management of online courses, and the delivery of printed materials and audio-visual courseware. The OUC also organizes training for tutors and administrators, and provides tutorials centres and students with all kinds of teaching and learning support.

For the non-compulsory modules, PRTVUs shall invite related experts to design multimedia courseware in line with modern education technology theory and the OUC’s principle of open and distance education. Experts will organize courseware development, upgrade media integration in study and improve teaching results.

Teacher Training

Teacher training is organized by the OUC and the cooperative higher education institutions around the countries. Course coordinators and tutors for each subject should participate in the training. Teacher training covers distance education theory, modern education technology, instructional design, teaching resources development, teaching support services, teaching management and teaching research.

Training can be done by holding meetings or classes, as well as through networking, two-way video conferencing systems or handing out training materials.

Teaching Research Activities

In principle, at least one teaching activity for each course shall be organized by the OUC and PRTVUs each term. Radio and TV Universities at prefecture and city level and tutorial centers shall organize course or subject research activities at proper occasions in accordance with the teaching needs.

Various methods may be taken for teaching research activities, and online activities are encouraged.

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Steps and Requirements for Teaching

  1. Induction

    Entrance Guide for Open Education will be offered so that students can have a basic understanding of the teaching characteristics of distance education, its requirements and methods, curricula, course implementation and organization, requirements for practicals and learner support, developing learners’ ability to use computers and to obtain information and support online.
     
  2. Distance Teaching

    Teaching via Broadcasting and TV
    The OUC will provide audio-visual teaching resources and transmit them to each tutorial center via satellites. Each tutorial center will receive and download the audio-visual teaching resources through satellite apparatus, or organize the students to watch them, or make CDs for students' use, or transmit them into VOD and make them available online for the students.

    Online Teaching
    The OUC set up a webpage for the undergraduate programme Mechanical Design, Manufacturing and Automation, which publishes related documents, including the course information (teaching plan and its description and implementation scheme), subject information (syllabus, textbooks, requirements for instruction design and broadcasting timetables), and information for training, examination, evaluation, tutorial and question-answering.
    Mechanical and Electrical College at Harbin Institute of Technology built a webpage called "CRTVU teaching services" by means of online teaching platform of the university.
     
  3. Face-to-face Tutorials

    Full-time or part-time tutors in each RTVU should choose a time convenient for the students to provide centralized face-to-face tutorials and answer students' questions. Opportunities for practicals should also be provided for the students at the same time as the centralized face-to-face tutorial. The tutors are expected to use flexible teaching methods of cases and task-driving, rather than giving systematic lectures in the face-to-face tutorial. The students shall be guided to use various teaching resources and share quality education resources.
     
  4. Practicals

    Practicals for this course include experiment, design, production practical and graduation design.
     
  5. Assignment and Assessment

    Regular Assignment: Regular assignments for each subject shall be given in line with the requirements of the teaching plan. Assignments for compulsory subjects will be arranged by the OUC, and the local RTVUs can give a small number of supplementary assignments based on individual circumstances. The other assignments will be given by course coordinators in local RTVUs by means of network or tutors. Regular assignments will be put into practice and checked by local RTVUs.

    Subject Assessment: The subject assessment includes the formative assessment and the summative assessment. The contents of the subject assessment will conform to the syllabus and mainly focus on the assessment of basic theory, knowledge and skills; the evaluation of students' ability to analyze and solve problems with the combined use of the theories and skills they have studied should also be taken into consideration.

    Formative Assessment: The results of the regular assignments are the results of the formative assessment. OUC teaching faculties are responsible for designing formative assessment schemes for compulsory modules, while the PRTVU teaching faculties are responsible for designing formative assessment schemes for the optional modules.

    Tutorial centers are responsible for the implementation of the formative assessment, the RTVUs at prefectural and municipal level are responsible for the preliminary examination of the formative assessment results, and the PRTVUs are responsible for the reexamination of the formative assessment results and implementation supervision. The OUC is responsible for inspecting the results of formative assessment.

    Teachers or tutors charged with the formative assessment shall be employed by tutorial centers according to relevant regulations. Generally they will possess junior professional titles or higher, have some teaching experience, be familiar with the requirements and related regulations of open and distance education and understand the requirements of the formative assessment.

    Summative Assessment: The OUC and PRTVUs are in charge of formulating specifications about the compilation of summative assessment papers, answers and marking criteria for compulsory modules and optional modules. The test papers are compiled by special compiling groups. The OUC is in charge of the national assessment administration of compulsory modules and the PRTVUs are in charge of the provincial assessment administration of optional modules.

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Teaching Evaluation and Inspection

  1. Teaching Evaluation

    Teaching evaluation includes the evaluation of the teaching staff, facilities, activities, teaching process management and performance of schools.
    The OUC is in charge of the teaching evaluation for open education in the RTVUs nationwide, and the PRTVUs are in charge of the teaching evaluation for open education in their own areas.
     
  2. Teaching Inspection

    Teaching inspection includes: the arrangement of teachers, teaching management personnel and technical personnel, and the implementation of training and responsibility; computer networks and distance teaching facilities, and the construction and utilization of facilities for practicals; the development, allocation and utilization of multimedia teaching resources; reform of teaching methods and teaching management methods and their implementation; design of subject practicals and their implementation, and the design, implementation and examination of the final practical; the content, methods and implementation of teaching support services; the overall teaching process, the management system of the process and its implementation; and finally the examination site arrangement, examination implementation and examination discipline.
    Teaching inspection insists on the principle of integrating comprehensive evaluation with specialized evaluation, written material evaluation with on-the-spot investigation and online evaluation.
     
  3. Teaching Feedback

    Teachers at RTVUs should answer the students' questions via email, BBS, telephone, QQ and MSN in a timely manner, communicate with students and learn about their study, work and life.
     
  4. Tour of Inspection for Teaching and Examinations

    The inspection team jointly organized by the OUC and Harbin Institute of Technology is responsible for carrying out regular inspections of the teaching process and examinations of each tutorial centre.
     
  5. Teaching Research Activities

    When conditions permit, a large-scale teaching and research section covering the whole system will be set up to carry on teaching research activities for the module.

Awarding of Degree

  • A Bachelor's degree certificate of adult HEI is awarded by Beijing Jiaotong University. The discipline category is engineering.
  • Those who have scored an average of 70 or above in the exams of the OUC compulsory modules stipulated for the course during their schooling, and good or above in graduation design.
  • Those who have scored an average of 70 or above in each exam of the degree modules stipulated in the teaching plan of the course. Degree modules for the course are: Basis of Mechatronic Control Engineering and Basis of Mechatronical System Designing.
  • Students who apply for the degree must have passed "the Unified English Exam for Bachelor's Degree for Adult Undergraduates" in Beijing.

Curriculum and Teaching Management

The programme offers courses in three orientations: Mechatronics System, Automatic Machine Building Process, and Intelligent Control.

  1. Regarding the modules with unified services, the OUC will provide support in terms of syllabus, multi-media courseware and examinations. The local RTVUs are responsible for syllabus, teaching materials, management and examinations.
  2. Each compulsory subject will have a formative assessment, which is organized by the OUC and local RTVUs. The results of the formative assessment for every compulsory subject generally account for 20 percent of the total mark performance. Those who fail the formative assessment cannot get credits for the subject, cannot take part in the exam either.
  3. The assessment of each subject should be based on the syllabus and textbook. The questions of the exams should be given according to both the theoretical and practical knowledge. The total score of the assessment is 100 with 80% of them coming from exam results and 20% from formative assessment performance.
  4. The assessment of each subject should be based on the syllabus and textbook. The questions of the exams should be given according to both the theoretical and practical knowledge. The total score of the assessment is 100 with 80% of them coming from exam results and 20% from formative assessment performance.
  5. The topic and methodology of the graduation thesis can be diversified, but the choice of topic must conform to teaching requirements, and topics pertinent to practical tasks should be chosen as far as possible. The aim is to equip the students with the ability to solve practical problems with the theories and skills they have learned.

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