The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


This course provides an introduction to mechatronic systems and develops tools that are fundamental for analysis and design of such systems. The tools presented in the course use energy as a key element to develop modelling skills that can transcend across physical domains and engineering specialisations.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Summer 1 - 2018.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Formulate mathematical models of basic engineering systems with components from different physical domains (mechanical, electrical, hydraulic)

2. Build computational models based on block diagrams and state-space equations

3. Undertake numerical simulations of time-domain response of dynamic systems

4. Relate the time response of linear time-invariant systems to model structure and parameters

5. Relate the frequency response of linear systems to transfer functions and system time response to sinusoidal excitation

6. Analyse the stability of equilibrium points of nonlinear systems via linearisation

7. Describe the characteristics of different ODE solvers used in simulators

8. Describe and model the characteristics of measurement systems


  • Introduction to mechatronic systems
  • Energy-based modelling of engineering systems in different physical domains
  • From energy-based to computational models and computer simulation
  • Analysis of linear systems using transforms
  • Power transducers and actuators


This course replaces ELEC2131. If you have successfully completed ELEC2131 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

ELEC1300 Electrical Engineering 1 ENGG1003 Introduction to Procedural Programming MATH1110 Mathematics 1 MATH1120 Mathematics 2 PHYS1205 Integrated Physics MATH2310 Calculus of Science and Engineering MECH2420 Engineering Mechanics

Assessment items

Quiz: Quiz 1 *

Quiz: Quiz 2 *

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Five Summative Laboratories

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.