Fall 2022 - MSE 310 D100

Sensors and Actuators (4)

Class Number: 1006

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
    SRYC 3310, Surrey

    We 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
    SRYC 3310, Surrey

  • Prerequisites:

    MSE 221, MSE 222, MSE 251, MSE 280.



This course provides an introduction to sensors and actuators for electromechanical, computer-controlled machines and devices. Topics include operating principles, design considerations, and applications of analog sensors, digital transducers, stepper motors, continuous-drive actuators, and drive system electronics. Component integration and design considerations are studied through examples selected from various mechatronic applications. Laboratory exercises to strengthen the understanding of the course material are developed and required. Students with credit for ENSC 387 may not take MSE 310 for further credit.


MSE 310 introduces advanced concepts in sensing and actuation for mechatronic systems, including all types of sensors and actuators. Students will learn how to use basic parameters in design or use sensors and actuators, learn differences between different classes of sensors and actuators and learn how to analyze and select the most appropriate sensor and actuator for the potential application.


At completion of the mse310 course, students in SFU Mechatronics will have:

1. an ability to apply basic parameters to design or use sensors and actuators

2. an ability to describe the basic transduction mechanisms for sensors and actuators

3. Learn different sensor families and their differences

4. an ability to learn transfer function models for commonly employed sensors and actuators and analyze their
impact on the mechatronic system

5. Analyze and select the most appropriate sensor for the potential application.

6. Analyze and select the most appropriate actuator for the potential application.





Sensors, Actuators, and Their Interfaces: A multidisciplinary introduction

Author(s): Nathan Ida

Publication Year: 2020


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