Intro to Mechatronics 2

Reference Book

  • There is no mandatory book for this class.
  • The instructor will use links from curated websites that will contain the information needed to support this class.
  • The links will be provided week by week so you can digest the information as you go.

Required Kit

No kit required for this course.

Course Goals

  • Introduction to fundamental concepts and practices in Mechatronic Systems (emphasis on the Computer Engineering part of the system).
  • Theoretical concepts are introduced during lectures and applied during labs with the implementation of projects.


  • Logisim: designing and simulating digital logic circuits (Free)
  • LabView: systems engineering software for applications that require test, measurement, and control (Academic License provided by DU)

Course Modules

  • Electrical Safety
  • Metric Prefixes
  • Power supply
  • AC vs DC
  • How to use a multimeter
  • How to use an oscilloscope
  • Analog vs Digital Signals
  • Function Generator
  • Square/Sine/Ramp Waves
  • Pulse Width Modulation (PWM)
  • Decimal, Binary, Octal, and Hexadecimal
  • Similarities between bases
  • Converting between bases
  • Uses oh HEX and Binary in computers
  • Gray Code
  • Simple and complex addition in binary
  • Signed and unsigned numbers
  • Simple binary subtraction
  • Binary coded decimal (BCD) arithmetic
  • Truth Tables
  • The buffer, inverter, AND, OR, NAND, NOR, XOR Gates
  • Boolean algebra
  • Practical applications
  • Digital Black Box
  • Reducing logic functions
  • The cost of digital design
  • Karnaugh Maps
  • Practical Applications
  • Level-sensitive inputs vs edge-sensitive inputs
  • Different types of flip-flops (R-S Latch, D, and J-K)
  • Practical Applications


  • Question: I didn't take Intro to Mechatronics 2 (ENGR 1632) on my first year, do I need to take it later on?
    This class will prepare you for Digital Design (ENCE 2101- Fall Quarter of sophomore year) and it will introduce you to Problem/Project Base Learning (PBLs) activities. This class is not a pre requisite for any class that you will have at DU, however we encourage all students to take it at their first year. In case you miss it (for any reason), you can take it later by signing in to Intro to Engineering III (ENGR 1931).
  • Question: What am I going to expect from Intro to Engineering (ENGR 1931)?
    This course is intended mainly for transfer students who are already familiar with engineering topics similar to those covered in ENGR 1632. For ENGR 1931, students are only required to take the lab component of the course. For more details, contact the instructor.

Prerequisites: Permission from the instructor.