Mechatronics Design

Subject MCEN90024 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
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This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours of lectures and 24 hours of tutorials, guided design exercises and lab work.
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours

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Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

Topics covered include -
• Mechatronics design concepts - integrative design concepts, analogies between electrical and mechanical systems, analog/digital transducers
• Mechatronic system modelling and simulation methods - stochastic discrete event system modelling using Automata, hardware description languages for design, hardware-in-the-loop methods, hardware-software co-designs
• Mechatronic system design - optimal division into sub systems, prototype development, market considerations and E-commerce compatibility, appraisal of benefit and cost
• Evolution of mechatronics design - concepts of MEMS and nanotechnology and design challenges
• Case studies - various case studies and hands-on lab modules


At the conclusion of this subject students should be able to -

• Evaluate and compare diverse methods of engineering design in constituent disciplines of mechatronics to appreciate their usage in mechatronic product design
• Apply systems engineering perspective in designing mechatronic systems
• Demonstrate hands-on experience in applying mechatronics design


One two-hour end-of-semester examination (50%).

A series of assignments (projects and labs), completed throughout the semester not exceeding 5000 words or equivalent per student (50% total). Students must obtain a mark of at least 40% for all continuing assessment tasks in order to pass the subject.

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic 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

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Master of Engineering (Mechatronics)

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