Course Title: Electro-Mechanical Systems

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Electro-Mechanical Systems

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 1 2006

Course Coordinator: Sabu John

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6007

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 251.03.15

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Some basic knowledge of electronics, mechanics and materials will be required.

Course Description

The convergence of the fields of electronics, software engineering and materials has created this new category of study that is transcending traditional knowledge boundaries. The overall goal of the developments in this field is usually to extend the capability or functionality of an existing engineering product.

The course is expected to comprise of a suite of specialist lectures on applied computing, electronics, micro-mechanical devices and materials. Then another suite of lectures on how these technologies can be integrated into an engineering entity, will follow. Finally, to capture the essence of this teaching module, a series of laboratory-based demonstration sessions will be held to ’make real’, aspects of the lectures given earlier.
The learning process will therefore comprise of formal lectures and laboratory-assignments. The three-hour final exam should also ensure thorough knowledge acquisition of his multi-disciplinary subject.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

General Educational Aims
• The appreciation of electro-mechanical devices and its applications.
• To understand the interdependencies of electronics, kinematics, computer control algorithms and advanced material technologies in Electro-Mechanical Systems.
• To practically demonstrate the above technologies with the design and manufacture of micro-devices.

Specific Educational Objectives
On completion, the student will be able to :
• approach manufacturing-related problems from a holistic perspective
• apply the knowledge of electronics, kinematics, computer control algorithms and advanced material technologies

Overview of Learning Activities

Formal lectures and intensive lab sessions.

Overview of Learning Resources

Texts, References and Other Learning Resources

Recommended References
1. M V Gandhi and B S Thompson ’Smart Materials and Structures’ , Chapman and Hall- Publishers, 1992.

2. J Johnson and P Pictan, ‘Mechatronics - Concepts in Artificial Intelligence’ Butterworth - Heinmann, - Publishers, Vol 1 & 2, ISBN 0750624035, 1995.

Recommended References [RR]

1. Brian Culshaw , ‘Smart Structures and Materials (Artech House Optoelectronics Library, ISBN: 0890066817. Publishers Artech House, 1996.

2. Ulrich Rembold, Sergej Fatikow, ‘ Microsystem Technology and Microrobotics’, ISBN: 354060658, Publishers - Springer Verlag, 1997.

3. K E Drexler, ’Nanosystems - Molecular Machinery, Manufacturing and Computation’, John Wiley and sons- Publishers, 1992.

Overview of Assessment

Lab work ,Classwork discussion, Final Exam