Course Title: Mechatronic Design

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Mechatronic Design

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 2 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


Bundoora Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019

Course Coordinator: Dr Milan Simic

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99256223

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 251.03.18

Course Coordinator Availability: Please refer to the note on the door and at Online@RMIT.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

• MANU 2205 Introduction to Mechatronics, or MIET2370 Mechatronics Principles , or equivalent
• MANU1174 Automatic Control Systems or MIET1076 Dynamics and Control, or equivalent

Course Description

This course covers a wide-range of topics in mechatronics such as mechatronic design principles, instrumentation and interfaces, sensors, actuators and the integration of control systems. Integrated electro-mechanical modelling, advanced concepts, future trends, and state-of-the-art developments in mechatronics are also presented.
You will design and implement mechatronic systems applicable to a wide range of engineering industries including transport, mining, petrochemical, renewable energy, manufacturing and automation.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


This course contributes to the following program learning outcomes:

  • Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline.
  • Conceptual understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline.
  • In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.
  • Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline.
  • Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving.
  • Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.
  • Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes.
  • Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects.
  • Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.


Course Learning Outcomes (CLO)s:

On successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Apply basic physical principles and scientific theory to any engineering and mechatronics system.
  2. Select and integrate appropriate sensors, actuators and control hardware through an understanding of electro-mechanical systems and processes;
  3. Model and simulate mechatronics systems;
  4. Develop control algorithms and download them to a target microcontroller, i.e. control unit.
  5. Present project achievements and demonstrate product (mobile robot) functionality
  6. Follow OHS rules and regulations to work safely and responsible in the workplace, i.e. lab.
  7. Demonstrate a professional approach to the task, as team member and/or team leader. 


Overview of Learning Activities

The emphasis of this course is on hands-on problem-based learning. In addition to formal lectures you will undertake a design project in the area of mechatronics / robotics.

Overview of Learning Resources


You will be able to access course information and learning materials through myRMIT. Lists of relevant reference texts, resources in the library and freely accessible Internet sites are provided. You will use laboratory equipment and computer software within the School during project and assignment work. 

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 (Leaning & Teaching).


Early Assessment Task: Mid-semester Test
Weighting 15%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4

Assessment Task 2:  Presentation with robot demonstration
Weighting 10%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Assessment Task 3: Project Report
Produce and upload group report of 2500 words.
Weighting 25%
This assessment task supports CLOs 5, 7

Assessment 4: Written Exam
Weighting 50%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7