2020 Engineering Literacy IV e

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School of Engineering
Sampei Mitsuji  Kurabayashi Daisuke  Kosaka Hidenori  Amaya Kenji  Okutomi Masatoshi  Yamakita Masaki  Nakashima Motomu  Tanaka Tomohisa  Takayama Toshio  Nakanishi Hiroki  Sugahara Yusuke 
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Course description and aims

This course aims to become a bridge between general education at high school and specialized education in the subjects of No.200 or higher. This course also aims to cultivate not only basic knowledge of engineering but also sense and attitude for problem solving so that the freshmen of School of Engineering can learn actively specialized subjects after sophomore.
By taking all Engineering literacy I-IV, the students experience the following all seven subjects in Engineering Literacy.
【Manufacturing process 】
【Mechanical Design (Steamship)】
【Mechanical Design (CAD)】
【Wireless electric car with microcomputer】
【Communication, Computation, and Intelligent Information Processing】
【Management Technology (Industrial Engineering and Economics)】

Student learning outcomes

By completing this course, students will be able to:
1) understand the basic principle of measurement by sensors.
2) understand the basic principle of feedback control.
3) master the design method of control system by using simulation software.
【Mechanical Design (CAD)】
1) carry out structural and frequency analysis of mechanical parts with CAE.
2) create 3D model of mechanical parts in 3D CAD.
3) design mechanical parts using CAD and CAE.


Measurement, Control, System
【Mechanical Design (CAD)】
CAD(Computer Aided Design), CAE(Computer Aided Engineering,)

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Students learn the basics of automatic driving i.e., feedback the signals from sensors to control the vehicle. Students will experience the line tracing (automatic driving) through virtual experiments by watching experimental videos and computer experiments using a simulator.
【Mechanical Design (CAD)】
Through this course, students can learn fundamental basics of CAD (Computer Aided Design) and CAE (Computer Aided Engineering) by using Inventor, a tool for CAD. The first half of this lecture shows how to use CAE and CAD. The latter half of the lecture is a design competition using CAE and CAD.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction: Aim of the course, notice for students, setup of computer systems. course and set up his/her computer system for the course.
Class 2 Measurement, sensor, and collision avoidance Understand how sensors work and how collision can be avoided.
Class 3 Virtual video experiment of line tracing Manually adjust the parameters for line tracing.
Class 4 Simulation experiments of line tracing with complex path using MATLAB simulator. Understand the sensor and control techniques required for line tracing.
Class 5 Introduction of CAD Make 3D structure models by using Inventor.
Class 6 FEM (Finite Element Method) Analysis 3D Design competition 1 (Create a 3D model) Carry out structural and frequency analyses by using Inventor. Create 3D model of mechanical parts and carry out the structure and frequency analyses for them in Inventor.
Class 7 3D Design competition 2 (Improve properties of the 3D model) Improve the specified property of the model under the given constraint and propose a final model.

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


None required

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Documents will be distributed

Assessment criteria and methods

Evaluate the report.
【Mechanical Design (CAD)】
Evaluate the design report and the result of the competition.

Related courses

  • XEG.B101 : Engineering Literacy I
  • XEG.B102 : Engineering Literacy II
  • XEG.B103 : Engineering Literacy III
  • XEG.B104 : Engineering Literacy IV

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

This lecture is only for the freshmen of School of Engineering.
Students are strongly recommended to take all Engineering literacy I-IV to experience all subjects in Engineering Literacy.

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