TRC2001 - Introduction to systems engineering - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Organisational Unit

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Chris Davies


Dr Chao Chen and Mr Michael Zenere (Clayton)
Assoc Professor Tan Chee Pin (Malaysia)

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


24 Credit points






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, actuators, mechanisms, controllers, hardware interfacing, as well as strategies for risk assessment, interface definition, system integration, human factors, 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 systems and systems engineering.
  2. Conduct the major tasks in system engineering: need analysis; requirement analysis; concept exploration; risk analysis; prototype test and evaluation; and verification and validation.
  3. Analyse the hierarchical structure of complex systems.
  4. Implement a System Development Life Cycle (SDLC).
  5. Design and analysis of mechanisms and control programs for mechatronic systems.
  6. Analyse and select sensors and actuators for mechatronic systems.


NOTE: From 1 July 2019, the duration of all exams is changing to combine reading and writing time. The new exam duration for this unit is 2 hours and 10 minutes.

Continuous assessment: 60%

Examination (2 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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