Mechatronics Design 1

10 Units

This course provides details of the process of mechatronic system design. It is a project-based course where students design and build a mechatronic system for an electromechanical component. The course integrates tools and skills related to computer and software, electronics, control, modelling and simulation. It also develops the concepts of experimental modelling and implementation of computer control systems. The course provides a real-life experience related to the practice of mechatronics engineering.

Faculty Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
School School of Engineering
Availability Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Formulate specifications for adopting/designing different components of a mechatronic system (mechanical, electrical, sensors, actuators).
  2. Conduct a mechatronic design using a structured formal approach. Make decisions about component choice taking into account its effects on the choice of other components and the performance of a mechatronic system.
  3. Design and implement software for a computer control system with sensor and actuator interfaces.
  4. Design and implement communication interface with a computer control system for tuning.
  5. Design and implement printed board circuit (electronic hardware) for a computer control system.
  6. Implement a software-hardware verification using hardware-in-the-loop testing.
  7. Conduct experimental modelling to assist in the design and tuning of control systems.

1. Mechatronic system design process

2. Computer control systems

3. Experimental modelling (system identification)

4. Mechatronic design project

  • This course has similarities to MCHA3000 and MCHA3500. If you have successfully completed MCHA3000 or MCHA3500 you cannot enrol in this course.
Assumed Knowledge ENGG6440 Linear Control and Estimation plus MECH2360 Dynamics of Machines and ELEC3730 Digital and Computer Electronics 2 or equivalent
Assessment Items
  • Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Lab exercises
  • Written Assignment: written assignment 1
  • Written Assignment: written assignment 2
  • Written Assignment: Design Assignment
  • Report: Project Demonstration and Report

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for MCHA6500
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