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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Engineering

Managing facultyEngineering
Abbreviated titleBMechatronicsEng/BA
CRICOS code055745D
Total credit points required252
Standard duration of study (years)5 years FT, 10 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

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Course coordinator



  • Students will normally expect to complete the course in five years. This is achieved by undertaking one additional unit (above the standard four units – 24 credit points) per semester twice in the later stages of the degree.


Students complement studies in mechatronics engineering by selecting units from the Faculty of Arts.


This course enables students to complement studies in mechatronics engineering by selecting units from the very wide range of disciplines offered by the Faculty of Arts in the fields of humanities, social sciences and communication. Language programs are aimed at engineers who wish to position themselves to take advantage of opportunities in industry and government requiring multilingual skills.

Vacation work/industrial experience

In order to fulfil the requirements of the various degree regulations and Engineers Australia, all engineering students must complete 12 weeks of approved engineering work experience and submit a report on that work. Such work is normally undertaken in the vacations between second and third years and/or between third and fourth years (but may also be taken between first and second years). Students who have completed all academic requirements for their degrees are not eligible to graduate until this work experience has been completed and a satisfactory report submitted.

Professional recognition

For information about professional recognition of Faculty of Engineering courses visit


In the first level of study, candidates should take level one engineering units worth 36 points and a 12-point level one sequence in an arts discipline. Thereafter candidates undertake further studies in arts and engineering as outlined in the requirements. Not less than 156 points must be obtained from the engineering units listed below.

In selecting units in both arts and engineering, students should be aware of any constraints imposed by timetabling and the need to satisfy prerequisites for later level units. Most students will probably undertake some engineering and some arts units in each level of study.

The arts component of this double-degree will require 96 points. All disciplines must be chosen from those taught by the Faculty of Arts as listed in the 'Areas of study' section of this handbook at Candidates in language disciplines are advised to ensure continuity of language study.

The large majority of students entering the faculty have completed the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), and references in the following paragraphs are to the prerequisite VCE subjects. Some domestic and international students enter the faculty with equivalent qualifications, and advice about unit choice for students with qualifications other than the VCE may be obtained from the faculty administration offices. Foundation units are required for students who have not completed appropriate VCE studies.

The award of an honours degree in engineering is based on academic achievement.


Arts component

Student complete:

  • an arts major (48 points)
  • an arts minor (24 points)
  • an additional level one arts sequence (12 points)
  • a further 12 points of arts units.

* Two level one arts units (12 points) are taken by all students at level one of the course.

Engineering component

IMPORTANT NOTE: This is a new course structure for students entering the program from 2011 onwards. Students who entered the program prior to 2011 should refer to the Handbook for the year in which they commenced the course. Archived Handbooks are available at Please contact your course adviser if unsure of course progression.

Level one

Core units
Foundation units

None or one foundation unit (depending on VCE subjects completed) from:

  • ENG1070 Foundation chemistry
  • ENG1080 Foundation physics
  • ENG1090 Foundation mathematics
Elective unit

If a foundation unit is not required:

Eng: 36 points

Level two

  • ECE2061 Analogue electronics
  • ECE2071 Computer organisation and programming
  • ENG2092 Advanced engineering mathematics B
  • MEC2402 Engineering design I

If a foundation unit was required in first year:

Eng: 24 or 30 points

Level three

Eng: 24 points

Level four

Eng: 36 points

Level five

Mechatronics electives

Students complete 12 points of approved mechatronics elective units from the list below* if a foundation unit was not required or 6 points of approved mechatronics elective units from the list below if a foundation unit was required.

All electives must be approved by the course director.

  • ECE2041 Telecommunications
  • ECE4053 Electrical energy - generation and supply
  • ECE4054 Electrical energy - power converters and motor control
  • ECE4063 Large scale digital design
  • ECE4074 Advanced computer architecture
  • ECE4075 Real time embedded systems
  • ECE4078 Intelligent robotics
  • MEC4418 Control systems
  • MEC4425 Micro-nano solid and fluid mechanics
  • MEC4426 Computer-aided design
  • MEC4428 Advanced dynamics
  • MEC4444 Industrial noise control
  • MEC4446 Composite and structures
  • MTE2544 Functional Materials
  • MTE3545 Functional materials and devices
  • TRC4001 Mechatronics final year project II

Eng: 36 or 30 points

Alternative exit(s)

Students may exit from the double-degree program and graduate with one of the single degrees providing all requirements for that degree have been met.


Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering

Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering (with Honours)

Where more than one award is listed for one or both components of the double degree the actual award(s) conferred may depend on units/majors/streams/specialisations studied, the level of academic merit achieved, or other factors relevant to the individual student's program of study.