Course Title: Introduction to Mechatronics

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Mechatronics

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019

Course Coordinator: Prof. Ali Bab-Hadiashar

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99256192

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 57.03.17

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description


This course introduces Mechatronics Engineering as a multi-disciplinary professional area. The course shows how to integrate the principles of mechanics, electronics and computing to generate simple, economical and reliable mechatronic systems.  The course will then build on your theoretical knowledge to understand how mechatronic systems or robots are programmed. The course will specifically:

  • Provide an understanding of the role of mechatronics based technology in industry;
  • Develop analytical skills for analysis and synthesis of both DC and AC electric circuits;
  • Develop skills required for writing computer programs for embedded systems;
  • Practice the art of designing a mechatronics system.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

This course contributes to the development of 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
  • In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.
  • Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

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

  1. Develop simple mechatronics systems via programming of an embedded system.
  2. Develop creative and innovative mechatronic solutions for simple problems, anticipating financial and social consequences of any intended action.
  3. Design and analysis of electric circuits, applying relevant theories.
  4. Simulate a simple electric circuit using basic mathematical skills.
  5. Conduct feasibility study for using mechatronics systems for solving assistive technology applications.


Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities include: lectures, tutorials, group project and laboratory simulation activities.

Overview of Learning Resources

Course-related resources will be provided on Blackboard, which is accessed through myRMIT. This can include lecture material, practical examples, and there is a prescribed textbook and several recommended references for this course. 

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:  Class tests
Weighting of final grade:  45%
Related course learning outcomes:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Description: You will undertake problem-based tests related to the selected topics of the course. This will involve both programming and circuit analysis techniques.

Assessment item:  Group project and presentation
Weighting of final grade:  25%
Related course learning outcomes:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Description: There will be a major assignment in which students in small groups will design an innovative mechatronic device. You will be required to identify a significant problem, develop a complete solution and justify your design.

Assessment item:  Exam
Weighting of final grade:  30%
Related course learning outcomes:  2, 3, 4, 5
Description:  The final semester exam will test your ability to analyse an electric circuit and choose the appropriate approach (technique) as well as your ability to interpret the outcomes of the analysis.