Mechatronic Systems Design

Subject MCEN30019 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours of lectures, 24 hours of workshops and tutes
Total Time Commitment:

Estimated 170 hours

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
January, Semester 1, Semester 2
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects:
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Assoc Prof Denny Oetomo


Dr Denny Oetomo

Subject Overview:

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.

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.

  • Attendance and participation in weekly workshops in weeks 3 to 10, with written assessments not exceeding 25 pages per student in total (approx 36 hours of work), worth 30%. ILOs 1-3 are addressed in these reports.
  • Design reports weeks 6 to 11, not exceeding 25 pages per student, approximately 20 to 30 hours of work (20%). ILOs 1-3 are addressed in these reports.
  • One written 2 hour end of semester closed book examination (50%). The examination is a hurdle and must be passed to pass the subject. ILOs 1-3 are addressed in the exam.

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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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.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Master of Engineering (Mechatronics)
Mechatronics Systems
Science-credited subjects - new generation B-SCI and B-ENG.
Selective subjects for B-BMED

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