Course Title: Special Research Project in Advanced Manufacturing and Mechatronics

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Special Research Project in Advanced Manufacturing and Mechatronics

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 2 2014

Course Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Roger La-Brooy

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6009

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Buindoora East Campus, Building 251, Level 3, Room 17

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

MANU1174 Automatic Control Systems, or equivalent

Course Description


This course develops your capabilities in a highly intensively supervised special projects.

This course is designed to give you the opportunity to obtain academic recognition and credit for project work conducted on an approved special project. For example, an ultra high-speed mechatronic device driven by a vision system to solve a Rubik’s cube would qualify. Other nationally or internationally competitive projects or commercial spin-off projects, which will contribute significantly and appropriately to your graduate capabilities, can be eligible.

You will work as an individual or as team member in the approved project which may seed later exploratory research. The special research project will be undertaken under specialist supervision and/or assessment by the university and/or industry. Team work and methods of reporting will be defined. The expectation is that the project work will be completed  ‘on time’ and ‘on budget’ as expected by an engineering professional.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


This course contributes to the development of the following Program Learning Outcomes for the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) programs:

  • Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline
  • In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.
  • Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering solving
  • Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.
  • Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes


Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

Upon successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Conduct high-level independent research on the nominated project.
  2. Seek knowledge on the topic from literature
  3. Propose hypotheses, test and evaluate them and re-propose improved hypotheses
  4. Produce a comprehensive report on the result of your investigation.

Overview of Learning Activities


Learning activities will be based on weekly interaction with your supervisor.  It will include researching a particular approved topic to understand and improve state-of-the-art knowledge. Your university supervisor will provide constructive criticism and guidance at key times. Any group work may involve brainstorming, discussion, presentations, critiquing, calculations, time to integrate ideas, and other activities critical to the solution of a complex engineering system.

This course is designed to commence your in-depth technical knowledge of research on special engineering projects. Assessments have been designed to give you practice in the interpretation of data, the management of information.  The final report will test your analytic, written and communication skills.

Overview of Learning Resources

Course-related schedules and resources will be provided to students via direct contact with your supervisor.  Every project is unique hence communication will proceed via face-to-face and one on one contact or email. The material disseminated can include supplementary notes.

Overview of Assessment


X This course has no hurdle requirements.

☐ All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).



Assessment item #1: Mid-semester report
Weighting of final grade: 40%      
Related course learning outcomes: 1, 2, 3
Description: You present a mid-semester written and verbal report to your supervisor to provide early assessment of your capability in the approved project.

Assessment item #2: Final report
Weighting of final grade:  60%     
Related course learning outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4
Description: You present a final written and verbal report to your supervisor to provide assessment of your outcomes in the approved project.