Faculty of Engineering

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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


Professor Sunita Chauhan



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


This unit introduces students to the fundamental principles of some basic systems comprising of - Mechanical, Electrical, Electronic, Computing and Electro-mechanical sub-systems, with an intention to introduce cross-links between them for an integrated design approach towards their application to the development of complex systems.
Special emphasis will be made on introducing sub-systems required for - 'inception to completion' of mechatronic systems with practical design examples. The enabling sub-systems for integrated approach such as sensors and actuators, hardware interfacing, data acquisition for control and feedback of such systems, as well as strategies for risk assessment, interface definition, system integration, human integration, measurement and analysis as required in mechatronics product design & development will also be introduced.
This unit would outline the breadth of the knowledge that the mechatronics systems engineer must acquire regarding the features of diverse sub-systems and components that constitute the total system.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. describe what knowledge and skills are required to become a Mechatronics and Systems Engineer
  2. interpret and classify cross-links and design interfaces required between subsystems of a system, both as hardware and software approach
  3. map and define design specifications and solve unstructured problems
  4. apply an integrated approach that can help design better and smarter products and processes
  5. understand and implement basic tools and methods for system design.
  6. review and conduct structured analysis of systems
  7. plan, design and generate smart products and processes


Continuous assessment: 60%
Examination (3 hours): 40%

Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

Workload requirements

3 hours lectures, 3 hours of laboratory/practice classes and six hours of private study per week.

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Chief examiner(s)

Professor Chris Davies and Professor Tom Drummond


24 Credit points