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Mechatronic Systems Design (MCEN30019)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeMCEN30019
Semester 2
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Mechatronics Design aims to provide students with knowledge, skills, and exposure to the integrated design process of mechatronics systems.

It provides the appreciation of the components of mechatronics systems, such as sensors and actuators, the fundamental principal of operation for these components, their strengths and weaknesses, and its operational characteristics. This leads into the design process of integrated iterative design, division of a system into sub-systems, component selection and sizing, and the inclusion of various considerations into a quantifiably justified design.

The subject also provides wider background knowledge of mechatronics, exposing students to current state-of-the-arts and challenges. Design exercises with increasing degrees of complexity will form the continuous assessment in this subject to put the material covered in the lecture into practice.

Topics covered include:

  • Mechatronics design concepts:
    • integrative design concepts
    • analogies between electrical and mechanical systems
    • appreciation of components of mechatronics systems
    • formulation of design requirements
    • design exercise and justifications
    • optimal division into sub systems
    • component selection and sizing
    • prototype development
    • appraisal of benefit and cost
  • Evolution of mechatronics design and challenges
  • Case studies.

Intended learning outcomes


At the conclusion of this subject students should have the skills to:

1. Evaluate and compare diverse methods of engineering design in constituent disciplines of mechatronics to appreciate their usage in mechatronic product design
2. Apply systems engineering perspective in designing mechatronic systems
3. Investigate further evolvement of mechatronics in new directions with the advancement of constituent technologies.

Generic skills

On completion of this subject students should have developed the following skills:

• Ability to utilise a systems approach to complex problems and to design and operational performance
• Proficiency in engineering design
• Capacity for creativity and innovation
• Ability to function effectively as an individual and in multidisciplinary and multicultural teams, as a team leader or manager as well as an effective team member.

Last updated: 9 November 2018