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The subject involves undertaking a substantial project conducted in a small group (typically 2-3 students) requiring an independent investigation on an approved topic in advanced engineering design or research. Students will present their findings in a conference podium presentation format, held at the end of semester two.
The emphasis of the project can be associated with either:
- A well-defined project description, often based on a task required by an external, industrial client. Students will be tutored in the synthesis of practical solutions to complex technical problems within a structured working environment, as if they were professional engineering practitioners; or
- A project description that will require an explorative approach, where students will pursue outcomes associated with new knowledge or understanding, within the mechanical science disciplines, often as an adjunct to existing academic research initiatives.
It is expected that the Mechatronics Capstone Project will incorporate findings associated with both well-defined professional practice and research principles.
Intended learning outcomes
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
Having completed this subject it is expected that the student be able to:
- Conduct a mechatronic engineering project;
- effectively communicate the outcomes of various stages of an engineering project;
- apply standard engineering project management tools;
- identify standard organisational structures and the relative merits of different approaches;
- describe the role of standards in engineering projects.
On completion of this subject students should have the following skills:
• Critical thinking and critical judgement of assumptions adopted.
• Interpretation and analysis of data.
• Application of theory to practice.
• Ability to communicate effectively, not only with engineers but also with the community at large.
• Ability to utilise a systems approach to design and operational performance.
• Ability to function effectively as an individual and in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams, with the capacity to be a leader or manager as well as an effective team member.
• Understanding of the social, cultural, global and environmental responsibilities of the professional engineer, and the need for sustainable development.
• Understanding of the principles of sustainable design and development.
• Understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities and commitment to them.
• Capacity for independent critical thought, rational inquiry and self-directed learning.
• Openness to new ideas and unconventional critiques of received wisdom.
• Ability to apply knowledge of basic science and engineering fundamentals.
• Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution.
Last updated: 3 November 2022