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Students who commenced study in 2014 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 2014 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Engineering

Managing facultyEngineering
Abbreviated titleBMchtronE(Hons)
CRICOS code055532F
Total credit points required192
Standard duration of study (years)4 years FT, 8 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
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  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • This course must be completed in a minimum of four and a maximum of eight years.


This course focuses on mechatronics engineering by emphasising mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and computing. Designing, utilising, maintaining and upgrading mechatronic devices and systems will require this knowledge. Also required will be an understanding of the synergies and trade-offs at the interfaces between the mechanical, electrical and computing elements in system and subsystem level that the devices and systems contain. Design projects at levels two, three and four of the course facilitate integration of mechanical, electrical and computing knowledge provided in the course.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 8, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 8, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will be able to:

  • understand and proficiently apply the relevant sciences and scientific methods to mechatronics engineering, to design solutions to complex problems
  • identify, interpret and critically appraise current developments and advanced technologies and apply them to mechatronics engineering
  • identify and synthesise the constraints posed by economic factors, safety considerations, environment impacts and professional standards on mechatronics engineering practice and use them to inform professional judgements
  • determine, analyse and proficiently apply theoretical and numerical analysis of phenomena to predict, design, control and optimise the performance of mechatronics engineering systems
  • research, identify, conceptualise, investigate, and interpret knowledge from modern engineering tools and techniques to synthesise a coherent approach to the solution of a problem and/or the design of a project
  • identify and critically evaluate the performance of a mechatronics engineering system in terms of economics, safety and the social and physical environment, and implement approaches to minimise any adverse impact leading to sustainable development
  • understand and proficiently apply a systems approach to the design cycle, addressing the broad contextual constraints, leading to sustainable development
  • show awareness of and ability to proficiently apply project management tools and methodologies to the planning and execution of projects leading to mechatronics engineering solutions of a professional standard
  • develop and implement creative and innovative approaches to problem solving
  • communicate effectively on both technical and general issues with peers, associates, clients and the general public
  • operate effectively and professionally within a team environment
  • plan, organise and use resources efficiently
  • demonstrate the highest standards of personal performance
  • demonstrate commitment to lifelong learning and professional development
  • understand the responsibilities of mechatronics engineers to the community, the engineering profession and the industrial and business world
  • demonstrate commitment to ethical standards and legal responsibilities to the community and the profession

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

Refer to the Faculty of Engineering's Professional recognition of coursesProfessional recognition of courses ( page in this Handbook.


This course consists of core and elective units, and foundation units if required.

Level one focuses on providing students with a background in the foundation sciences, including mathematics. At the end of level one, all students (irrespective of their year 12 preparation) will have a basic foundation in chemistry, physics and mathematics.

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.

Key areas of engineering important to the discipline of mechatronics are also undertaken, including civil, electrical, materials and mechanical engineering.

At level two, units focus on providing fundamental knowledge across the wide range of disciplines that form the basis of mechatronics. Thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, electronics, mechanics, computer programming and digital electronics are some of the topics covered at level two.

During level three, further fundamental knowledge is introduced together with units that build on these fundamentals to cover areas of mechatronics to a professional level. These specialised areas include mechatronics and manufacturing, and power electronics and drives.

At level four, students undertake further units that draw together a wide range of fundamental knowledge in a mechatronics context, such as robotics. Level four of the course allows for specialisation through the selection of four elective units. Students have the opportunity to study a unit from another faculty as one of their electives and to undertake a substantial independent investigation in their chosen area of engineering interest. There is a strong emphasis on project work throughout the mechatronics course. As well as project units at levels two, three and four, many other units contain a strong project/design element.


Level one

Core units

Foundation units

Students who have not completed VCE units 3 and 4 of Chemistry or Physics and/or Specialist mathematics are required to select one or two appropriate foundation units(s) from:

Elective units

Select none, one or two units from:

Total: 48 points

Level two

Total: 48 points

Level three

  • ECE3051 Electrical energy systems
  • ECE3073 Computer systems
  • TRC3000 Mechatronics project II
  • TRC3200 Dynamical systems
  • TRC3500 Sensors and artificial perception
  • TRC3600 Modelling and control
  • TRC3801 Mechatronics and manufacturing
  • 6-point mechatronics elective from the list below

Total: 48 points

Level four

  • TRC4000 Mechatronics final year project I
  • TRC4002 Professional practice
  • TRC4800 Robotics
  • 30 points of mechatronics electives from the list below:

Mechatronics electives

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
  • one 6-point interfaculty elective

Interfaculty electives

  • AFC2000 Financial institutions and markets
  • AFC2140 Corporate finance
  • BTC1110 Business law
  • ECC1100 Principles of macroeconomics
  • ECC2800 Prosperity, poverty and sustainability in a globalised world
  • MGC1010 Managing people and organisations
  • MGC1020 Organisations: Contexts and strategies
  • MGC2230 Organisational behaviours
  • MGX3100 Management ethics and corporate governance
  • MGX3991 Leadership principles and practices
  • MKC1200 Principles of marketing

Total: 48 points


Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering (Honours)

Where more than one award is listed the actual award(s) conferred may depend on units/majors/streams/specialisations studied or other factors relevant to the individual student's program of study.