Course Title: Advanced Manufacturing and Mechatronics: What We Make and How We Make It

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Advanced Manufacturing and Mechatronics: What We Make and How We Make It

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 2 2020

Course Coordinator: Dr Maciej Mazur

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99254120

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Availability: By Appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will learn the principles, processes and practices of various manufacturing systems including:

  • Common manufacturing methods including: solidification processes (casting, injection moulding), material removal processes (conventional and non-traditional machining), deformation processes (forging, rolling, extrusion) as well as additive manufacturing techniques (3D printing);
  • Manufacturing support system principles including: manufacturing facility layouts design, quality control processes, and basic manufacturing economics; and
  • Basic principles of manufacturing process automation through an introduction to G-code CNC programming.

You will also gain hands-on experience in designing mechatronics systems through lab practicals as part of the course.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of the working principles of various manufacturing processes commonly used in industry;
  2. Apply theories to define key manufacturing process parameters;
  3. Select a manufacturing process for a given application;
  4. Demonstrate understanding of the principles and functions of manufacturing support systems including quality inspection and control, manufacturing facility layouts design, and basic manufacturing economics;
  5. Program CNC equipment using the G-code numerical control programming language;
  6. Use desktop additive manufacturing equipment to build simple polymer parts;
  7. Develop creative and innovative mechatronic solutions for simple problems, anticipating financial and social consequences of any intended action; and
  8. Conduct feasibility study for using mechatronics systems for solving assistive technology applications.

This course contributes to the development of the following Program Learning Outcomes:

1.1. Comprehensive, theory-based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline.

1.3. In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.

2.2. Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities throughout the course include: lectures, tutorials and lab practicals. This course will be run in the face-to-face learning mode. It includes lectures and tutorials. The key concepts and their applications will be explained and illustrated in lecturers, combined with tutorials to develop your skills to solve problems.

Practical lab sessions will give you the opportunities to gain hands-on experience in CNC machining, additive manufacturing and quality inspection processes. You will work in groups to conduct lab practicals and prepare lab reports.

Overview of Learning Resources

The learning resources including prescribed texts, lecture notes, tutorial notes, reading materials, journal articles and a list of reference books will be provided on the University's Learning Management System (LMS), all lectures in this course will be recorded on the LMS. You can access these learning resources through myRMIT. You will also use equipment and software packages in the laboratory for the practical lab experiments.

Overview of Assessment

☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment item 1: Assignment 1 (individual)
Weighting of final grade: 30%
Related course learning outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Assessment item 2: Assignment 2 (group)

Weighting of final grade: 30%
Related course learning outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Assessment item 3: Mechatronics task completion

Weighting of final grade: 20%
Related course learning outcomes: 7, 8

Assessment item 4: End of semester online test

Weighting of final grade: 20%
Related course learning outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5