Monash University

Undergraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2013 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2013 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Engineering

Managing facultyEngineering
Partner facultyArts
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

Visit the Engineering contacts page

Arts: visit

Course coordinator



  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • 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.


NOTE: This course has had one or more changes made to it since publication on 1 October 2012. For details of changes, please consult the 2013 Handbook change register.

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


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


This course consists of:

(a.) 156 points of mechatronics engineering studies composed of core and elective units, and foundation units if required

(b.) 96 points of arts studies composed of major and minor studies, and additional units which may be chosen to form a second minor.

In the first level of study, candidates complete 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. 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 award of an honours degree in engineering is based on academic achievement.


Arts component

(a.) an arts major (48 points)

(b.) an arts minor in a different area of study (24 points)

(c.) a first-year arts sequence in a third area of study (12 points)

(d.) a further 12 points of arts units at first, second or third-year level

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

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 It is recommended that students obtain the current requirements for their arts component from the Faculty of Arts at the time of enrolment. Students undertaking a language discipline are advised to ensure continuity of the language study.

Engineering component

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.

Level one

Core units
Foundation units

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

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 must complete mechatronics electives from the list below as follows:

  • 12 points if a foundation unit was not required
  • 6 points 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
  • 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 only 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.