The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


4000 level

Course handbook


This course builds on the skills introduced in MCHA3500 Mechatronic System Design 1. Students deepen their knowledge of the mechatronic system design process and integrate further tools and skills developed in previous courses. It also develops concepts related to robotics applications, plus advanced topics of mechatronic system design such as design for testing and fault-tolerant design.

Students undertake a design project of a complete robotic system with specific dynamic characteristics and sensor requirements. The course provides a real life experience related to the practice of mechatronics engineering.


Not currently offered.

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): MCHA3900. Students who have successfully completed MCHA3900 are not eligible to enrol in MCHA4000.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Adopt modelling hypothesis and obtain mathematical models of complex systems

2. Analyse and design of control strategies for vehicles and robotic systems

3. Describe underlying ideas of advanced mechatronic design methods

4. Implement control strategies using online optimisation

5. Formulate specifications for adopting/designing different components of a mechatronic system

6. Complete a group design project

7. Prepare a presentation and demonstrate presentation skills


This course will cover:

1. Advanced mechatronic system design process

2. Analysis of nonlinear mechatronic systems

3. Robotics

4. Advanced mechatronic control design topics

5. Mechatronic design project  

Assumed knowledge

MECH2360 Dynamics of Machines, ENGG2440 Modelling and Control, ENGG3440 Linear Control and Estimation, MCHA3500 Mechatronics Design 1, ENGG4440 Non-Linear Control and Estimation

Assessment items

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Lab exercises

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Lab assignments

Project: Project

Project: Project presentation