The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


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.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the 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

AERO3600 Embedded Control Systems; MECH2360 Dynamics of Machines; MCHA3400 Embedded Systems Engineering 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