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Bachelor of Automation and Robotics (BP007)

The aim of the course is to attract and train students who are interested in careers in automation, robotics and mechatronics while also providing them with a pathway to the accredited Master of Professional Engineering (MPE). Automation, robotics and Industry 4.0 are become increasingly important across all industries and sectors. Automation and robotics, also referred to as mechatronics, is a broad-based field combining elements of mechanical, electrical and electronic, and software engineering. The Bachelor of Automation and Robotics (BAR) will provide students with the breadth required to work in automation and robotics as well as provide a pathway to develop depth in either mechanical, electrical and electronic, or software engineering. At the completion of the BAR, students will be able to progress into the MPE to develop further skills in one of these three core disciplines. The BAR draws for the most part on units from the Engineering Science major but also requires students to accelerate completion of lower level units and take three postgraduate MPE units in their final year. To ensure students are capable of succeeding in the accelerated program, the BAR has a proposed ATAR entry of 88 and a minimum average WAM requirement of 65 for progression. Students who do not meet the WAM requirement or choose to exit the BAR will be transferred to the Bachelor of Science and Engineering Science major. Students who commence in another degree and achieve a minimum average WAM of 70 calculated from their marks in MATH1011, MATH1012, ENSC1004, ENSC1003 and CITS1001 in their first year of studies can apply to transfer into the BAR. The course has one (double) major: Automation and Robotics. The major has been designed so that it can also be taken within the Bachelor of Philosophy. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of automation and robotics, it has been difficult to date to design a specialisation in mechatronics or automation and robotics within the constraints of the Engineering Science major. Recent changes approved by Academic Board have provided the Faculty with the opportunity to propose a degree in this area. A named degree raises visibility of our expertise in this area and the availability of this engineering pathway. The Faculty hosted an industry workshop on mechatronics in late 2019. This has informed the design of the degree.

Course overview

Award abbreviation
Course type
bachelor's course
current / 2021
Intake periods
beginning of year and mid-year
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Course details

144 points comprising 24 six-point units. Students normally take eight units each year, four in each semester.
Available to international students
Yes. For information on international student fees see 'Schedule 2: Fees'. (Enquiries:
Attendance type
Full- or part-time
Delivery mode
Standard full-time completion
3 years
Standard part-time completion
6 years (maximum 10 years)
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Commonwealth supported and/or HECS-HELP
Majors available
MJD-AUTRB Automation and Robotics
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Course structure

Students enrolled in the Direct Pathway for the accredited Master of Professional Engineering or who seek to enter the Master of Professional Engineering on completion of their undergraduate studies should refer to the unit sequence notes in the Major of Automation and Robotics.



1. These rules are the Bachelor of Automation and Robotics (Specialised) degree Course Rules.

Terms Used

2. The Glossary provides an explanation of the terms used in these rules.

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

3.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.

(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials, Communication and Research Skills And Indigenous Studies Essentials module

4.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in an undergraduare degree course of the University for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module), Communication and Research Skills (the CARS module) and Indigenous Studies Essentials (the ISE module) in the teaching period in which they are first enrolled.

(2) A student must successfully complete the ACE module within the first teaching period of their enrolment. Failure to complete the module within this timeframe will result in the student's unit results from this teaching period being withheld. These results will continue to be withheld until students avail themselves of a subsequent opportunity to achieve a passing grade in the ACE module. In the event that students complete units in subsequent teaching periods without completing the ACE module, these results will similarly be withheld. Students will not be permitted to submit late review or appeal applications regarding results which have been withheld for this reason and which they were unable to access in the normally permitted review period.

(3) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the CARS module or the ISE module is not required to repeat the relevant module.

English Language competency requirements

5. To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework.

Admission requirements

6.(1) To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—
(a) achieved an ATAR of at least 88, or equivalent as recognised by UWA; and meet the additional requirements stated at (4) below


(2) a direct pathway offer;


(3) a place in a relevant UWA access program.

meet the additional requirements stated at (4) below


(2) a direct pathway offer;


(3) a place in a relevant UWA access program.

(4) A scaled mark of at least 50% in ATAR Mathematics Methods and two of: ATAR Mathematics Specialist, ATAR Chemistry and ATAR Physics or equivalent**.

** All four subjects are recommended. Students who do not have all four subjects will need to pick up a bridging unit in their first year.

Admission ranking and selection

7. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Transfer Requirements

8.(1) A student enrolled in an undergraduate degree course at UWA may apply to transfer into this course if they satisfy the following conditions:

(a) the student has not commenced their final semester of enrolment;


(b) the course transfer is undertaken within the two transfer windows in each academic year;


(c) there are no quotas preventing the student from enrolling in a major or unit in which the student seeks to enrol; and

(2) (a) have completed a minimum of 24 points of study in their current course and achieved a WAM of at least 65; and

(b) have met any subject prerequistes for their intended majors; and

(3) the student has successfully completed ATAR Mathematics Specialist, ATAR Mathematics Methods, ATAR Chemistry, and ATAR Physics, or equivalent as recognised by UWA;


(b) at least three units from the Automation and Robotics major;


(c) achieved a minimum WAM of 70 in all units contributing to the Automation and Robotics major.

Course structure

9.(1) The Undergraduate Bachelor's degree consists of:

(a) 144 credit points (normally 24 units), which will include:

(i) a degree-specific major chosen from the list below:

MJD-AUTRB Automation and Robotics


(ii) no more than 72 credit points (normally 12 units) of Level 1 units; and

(iii) at least 72 credit points (normally 12 units) of Level 2 or Level 3 units, including at least 18 credit points (normaly 3 units) or Level 3 units; and

(2) Students may choose to undertake up to two optional minors and/or majors from any undergraduate degree, provided the student will be able to complete all nominated majors and minors within 144 credit points.

Satisfactory progress

10.(1) To make satisfactory progress in a calendar year a student must pass units to a value of at least half the total value of units in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty.

(2) A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module, the CARS module or the ISE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress.

(3) A student who fails a unit twice is not permitted to enrol again in that unit unless the relevant board approves otherwise.

(4) A student must maintain a minimum WAM of 65 in order to be assigned a progress status of 'Good Standing'. WAM will be calculated at the end of each academic year. A student who does not meet this requirement will be assigned a progress status of 'On Probation'.

Progress status

11.(1) A student who makes satisfactory progress is assigned the status of 'Good Standing'.

(2) Unless the relevant board determines otherwise because of exceptional circumstances —

(a) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the first time under Rule 10(1) is assigned a progress status of 'On Probation';

(b) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the second time under Rule 10(1) is assigned a progress status of 'Suspended';

(c) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the third time under Rule 10(1) is assigned a progress status of 'Excluded';

(d) a student who does not make satisfactory progress under Rule 10(2) is assigned a progress status of 'On Probation' unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to make satisfactory progress under Rule 10(1).

(2) A student who has been 'on Probation' for one year under rule 10(4) and does not meet the minimum WAM requirement will not be permitted to continue in the course and will be offered a transfer into the Bachelor of Science.