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,
Sem 2 2021


RMIT University Vietnam


172H School of Engineering


Viet3 2020,
Viet3 2021

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 about the operating principles, advantages, limitation, and typical applications of various manufacturing process, 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)

You will also learn about key principles which support effective manufacturing systems, including:

  • Manufacturing economics
  • Quality control techniques, and;
  • Basic principles of manufacturing process automation through an introduction to G-code Computer Numerical Control (CNC) programming.

Furthermore, the course will also cover the principles of mechatronic system design in hands-on design classes, focusing on the following topics:

  • Basics of mechatronics
  • Embedded programming
  • Repetition and digital processing
  • Selection and analog processing
  • Function and pulse width modulation

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 basic manufacturing economics and quality inspection and control.
  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 basic engineering problems, anticipating both technical and financial challenges.

Use a simulation environment to analyse and test your mechatronic solutions for different engineering 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: Pre-Recorded  lecture videos, tutorials and lab practicals. This course will be run in a blended  learning mode. Key concepts 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.

Overview of Learning Resources

The learning resources including videos, lecture notes, tutorial notes and a list of reference books which will all be provided on Canvas, the University's Learning Management System (LMS). All lectures in this course will be recorded on the LMS. You will also use equipment and software packages in the laboratory for hands-on tasks.

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: Manufacturing Lab report (group)

Weighting of final grade: 15%
Related course learning outcomes: 1, 2, 6

Assessment item 3: Assignment 2 (group)

Weighting of final grade: 35%
Related course learning outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4,

Assessment item 4: Mechatronics timed online assessment within a time window (individual)

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