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MEC3905 Mechatronic Practice

Semester 2, 2022 External
Units : 0
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Engineering
Student contribution band : Band 2
Grading basis : Pass/Not Pass
Version produced : 2 July 2022


Examiner: Craig Lobsey


In mechatronics, mechanical, electrical and computing elements are combined to form an integrated whole. A mechatronic engineer should be comfortable with the selection and integration of appropriate elements in a mechatronic system. A mechatronic engineer is also required to optimise the performance of a system by understanding its dynamics and applying feedback control. This course will equip the mechatronic student with the ingenuity, versatility and flexibility required for mechatronic practice and round off the formation of a mechatronics engineer. This key capstone course in the mechatronics major will draw from a number of engineering disciplines in order to solve a multi-faceted engineering problem/task.

This course draws together mechanical, electrical, software and interfacing aspects of a mechatronic system through a progressive sequence of design and control experiments. Students will create and analyse a series of hands-on design experiments.

Course learning outcomes

The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. On completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. devise or select sensors for measuring the state of a dynamic system;
  2. describe and be familiar with the operation of sensor interfaces;
  3. select sensors for system control and interface them;
  4. understand and write programs for the application of on-line digital control;
  5. analyse a dynamic system in terms of discrete time equations;
  6. devise and apply on-line control algorithms and test them.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Select and interface sensors for an automation task 20.00
2. Select and interface actuators for an automation task
3. Computer control of mechatronic systems
4. Robotics and automation software
5. Analyse the performance of a mechatronic system

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Portfolio No 100 1,2,3,4,5,6
Date printed 2 July 2022