Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


This course introduces the process of mechatronic system design. It is a project-based course where a mechatronic system for an electromechanical component is designed and built. 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.


Not currently offered.

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): MCHA3000. Students who have successfully completed MCHA3000 are not eligible to enrol in MECH3500.

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.


  • Mechatronic system design process
  • Computer control systems
  • Experimental modelling (system identification)
  • Mechatronic design project

Assumed knowledge

MCHA2000 Mechatronic Systems MECH2350 Dynamics 2 MECH2450 Engineering Computations 2 ELEC4400 Automatic Control ELEC3730 Embedded System ELEC3240 Electronics.

Assessment items

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Lab 1

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Lab 2-5

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Assignment 1

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Assignment 2

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Design Assignment

Project: Project Demonstration

Report: Project Report

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