Course Description

University of California, Davis
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Analysis, Simulation and Design of Mechatronic Systems - EME 171
2019 Winter, Lecture: TR 12:10-1:30 PM in Olson 205
CRN: 32758

Catalog Description

EME 171—Analysis, Simulation and Design of Mechatronic Systems (4) Lecture—3 hour(s); Laboratory—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): ENG 100 C- or better; ENG 102 C- or better. Restricted to Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering/Materials Science and Engineering. Modeling of dynamic engineering systems in various energy domains. Analysis and design of dynamic systems. Response of linear systems. Digital computer simulation and physical experiments. GE credit: SE. Effective: 2017 Fall Quarter.


  • ENG 100 (C- or better)
  • ENG 102 (C- or better)


Jason K. Moore
2095 Bainer Hall

Ehsan Arasteh

Time and Location

The lecture meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:10 PM to 1:30 PM in Olson Hall 205.

If you have any conflicts with the schedule, especially for the exams, you must tell me in the first week of class (emergencies will be the only exception).

Office Hours

Jason's Office Hours Ehsan's Office Hours
Bainer 2095 F 3-4 Bainer 2021A T 4-5, W 3-4, R 3-4

If it is impossible to make office hours, schedule an appointment with Jason by checking his work calendar and select a free time between 8:00 AM and 6:30 PM Monday-Friday. Send him an email requesting an appointment at the suggested meeting times at least a day in advance. You can also email Ehsan and request a meeting.

Academic Integrity

Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. Please visit the Academic Integrity web page from UC Davis Office of Student Judicial Affairs to review the campus' policy on academic responsibility and integrity and read the UC Davis code of academic conduct.

Feel free to discuss homework assignments and work on them together, but each student must turn in a unique solution. Keep in mind that actually doing all of the homework yourself is critical for learning and passing the course.

No help from other people is allowed when completing the midterm and final exam.


We will use the following book as the official and required textbook:

System Dynamics: Modeling, Simulation, and Control of Mechatronic Systems, Dean C. Karnopp, Donald L. Margolis, and Ronald C. Rosenberg, 5th Edition, 2012, Wiley, ISBN 978-0-4708-8908-4 [Book Information]

Past editions of the book are likely sufficient but the problem sets will not necessarily match. We will also provide you with free online resources and other supplementary materials.

Assignments & Grades

Grades will be available in the grade book periodically throughout the course along with class statistics. Check the website on a regular basis to gauge your performance. Keep in mind that 15% is deducted per business day late on projects. Homeworks must be turned in on time to count.

Homework 15%
Projects 25%
Midterm 25%
Final 35%
Weekly homework will be assigned which will be due before class the following week. Unique solutions are required from each student but you can work with anyone on the homework. You can miss up to two homework submissions out of the total and still get the full 15% credit. Graded on pass/fail for showing complete work on all problems. Solutions will be shared after the due date.
Projects will be done in pairs of two students; students are individually responsible for competence in simulation/analysis tools. Project reports will be collected and graded during the quarter.
You will have to complete a one and half hour in-class midterm exam.
You will have to complete a two-hour in-class final exam.


We will make use of Canvas for the course. Log in to with your Kerberos ID and passphrase then select EME 171 001 WQ 2019.

We will be using several features in canvas:

This will be my primary communication avenue to you. These announcements will be forwarded automatically to your UCD email address. You are expected to read these either through your email program or on the Canvas website.
Any electronic assignments will be distributed and collected here.
Ask all class related questions here unless they are of a personal nature.
Your grades and basic stats on your relative performance will be available as the course goes along.
Copyrighted and private files, documents, and other resources will be available here for download. The rest will be available for download on this website.


Canvas Discussions

Canvas discussions should be used for all questions about the class, homework, theory, projects, etc that is not of a private nature. This allows both the instructors and students to collectively answer questions for the whole classes benefit.


Personal electronic correspondence from the instructors will be made to your UCD email address. It is your responsibility to check this regularly.

Electronic announcements from the instructors to the whole class will be made through Canvas. By default, Canvas will automatically sends the announcement to your UCD email address. You can change your Canvas settings to opt out, send it to a different email, or as an SMS. You are responsible for reading the announcements made via canvas.