Automation and Robotics major

Robotics, automation and Industry 4.0 will provide some of the most exciting opportunities and biggest challenges of our times. This course is designed for those interested in contributing to developments in these fields and will provide you with the broad interdisciplinary knowledge and skills that industry is looking for. The course combines software development with mechanical, electronic hardware and mechatronics design. It will also set you up to continue into the accredited Master of Professional Engineering where you can develop technical depth in one of the core disciplines of Mechanical, Electrical and Electronic, or Software Engineering. The combination will provide you with the engineering breadth and depth to work in automation, robotics and mechatronics as well as within your chosen core engineering discipline.

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) apply a range of engineering techniques relevant to the fields of automation, robotics and mechatronics; (2) implement design and programming methods for automation and robotics applications; and (3) integrate software, electronic, and mechanical systems to satisfy a set of operating requirements.

Broadening guidelines

All students studying towards a Bachelor's Degree at UWA are required to Broaden their studies by completing a minimum of four units (24 points) of study outside their degree specific major. Broadening is your opportunity to explore other areas of interest, investigate new disciplines and knowledge paradigms and to shape your degree to suit your own aspirations and interests. Many of you will be able to undertake more than this minimum amount of broadening study and we encourage you to do so if this suits your aspirations. Over the next few months you will find here some broadening suggestions related to your degree-specific major. While we know that many students value guidance of this sort, these are only suggestions and students should not lose sight of the opportunity to explore that is afforded by your Broadening Choices. Advice can also be sought from your Allocated Student Advising Office.

Prerequisites

Mathematics Methods ATAR and at least two of: Mathematics Specialist ATAR, Chemistry ATAR and Physics ATAR*.
* 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.

Automation and Robotics can only be taken as a degree-specific major in the following degree courses:

BP007 Bachelor of Automation and Robotics
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Overview of unit sequence

Automation and Robotics is a degree-specific double major comprising:

  • five Level 1 units
  • four Level 2 units
  • nine Level 2 complementary units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2021

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2022 or 2023.

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 take the following units in addition to the Automation and Robotics major: For entry into the Master of Professional Engineering (Electrical and Electronic Engineering): PHYS1001 Physics for Scientists and Engineers; ENSC3014 Electronic Materials and Devices; ENSC3015 Signals and Systems; MATH3023 Advanced Mathematics Applications OR For entry into the Master of Professional Engineering (Mechanical Engineering): ENSC3003 Fluid Mechanics; ENSC3024 Engineering Thermodynamics; ENSC3004 Solid Mechanics; MATH3023 Advanced Mathematics Applications OR For entry into the Master of Professional Engineering (Software Engineering): CITS3002 Computer Networks; CITS3403 Agile Web Development; CITS3004 Cybersecurity; CITS3001 Algorithms, Agents and Artificial Intelligence

Level 1

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (30 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, S2 CITS1001 Software Engineering with Java
Prerequisites:
Mathematics Applications ATAR
or
MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals
or
equivalent
or
higher
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
CITS1200 Java Programming, CITS1220 Software Engineering
S1, S2 ENSC1003 Introduction to Professional Engineering
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
ENSC1001 Global Challenges in Engineering
and
ENSC2011 Global Challenges in Engineering
S1, S2 ENSC1004 Engineering Materials
Prerequisites:
(Chemistry ATAR
or
CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry) and (Mathematics Methods ATAR
or
MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods) and (Physics ATAR
or
PHYS1030 Bridging Physics),
or
equivalent
or
higher
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
ENSC1002 Material Behaviour from Atoms to Bridges
S1, S2 MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus
Prerequisites:
Mathematics Specialist ATAR
or
MATH1722 Mathematics Foundations: Specialist
or
equivalent
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
MATH1001 Mathematical Methods 1
or
MATH1002 Mathematical Methods 2
or
MATH2040 Engineering Mathematics
S1, S2 MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods
Prerequisites:
Mathematics Specialist ATAR
or
MATH1722 Mathematics Foundations: Specialist
or
equivalent
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
MATH1001 Mathematical Methods 1
or
MATH1002 Mathematical Methods 2
or
MATH2040 Engineering Mathematics

Level 2

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (24 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 CITS2002 Systems Programming
Prerequisites:
Mathematics Methods ATAR
or
MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
CITS1210 C Programming, CITS2230 Operating Systems, CITS1002 Programming and Systems
S1 CITS2200 Data Structures and Algorithms
Prerequisites:
CITS1001 Software Engineering with Java and (Mathematics Methods ATAR
or
MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods
or
equivalent
or
higher)
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
S1, S2 ENSC2003 Engineering Electrical Fundamentals
Prerequisites:
(Physics ATAR
or
PHYS1030 Bridging Physics)
and
MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus
Co-requisites:
MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods
Incompatibility:
ENSC2002 Energy
S1, S2 ENSC2004 Engineering Mechanics
Prerequisites:
MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus and (Physics ATAR
or
PHYS1030 Bridging Physics)
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
ENSC2001 Motion
and
ENSC1002 Material Behaviour from Atoms to Bridges

Level 3

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (54 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 ENSC3001 Mechanisms and Machines
Prerequisites:
(CITS1001 Software Engineering with Java
or
CITS2401 Computer Analysis and Visualisation)
and
(ENSC2001 Motion
or
ENSC2004 Engineering Mechanics)
and
(MATH1002 Mathematical Methods 2
or
MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus)
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
S1 ENSC3002 Materials and Manufacturing
Prerequisites:
ENSC1002 Material Behaviour from Atoms to Bridges
or
ENSC1004 Engineering Materials.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
S2 ENSC3016 Power and Machines
Prerequisites:
[(ENC2001 Motion
and
ENSC2002 Energy)
or
ENSC2003 Engineering Electrical Fundamentals] and (MATH1002 Mathematical Methods 2
or
MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods),
or
enrolment in the Master of Renewable and Future Energy.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
S2 ENSC3020 Digital Embedded Systems
Prerequisites:
CITS1001 Software Engineering with Java
or
CITS2401 Computer Analysis and Visualisation
or
( CITS1401 Computational Thinking with Python
and
CITS2402 Introduction to Data Science )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
ELEC4403 Digital and Embedded Systems
S1 ENSC3021 Circuits and Electronics
Prerequisites:
[(ENC2001 Motion
and
ENSC2002 Energy)
or
ENSC2003 Engineering Electrical Fundamentals] and (MATH1002 Mathematical Methods 2
or
MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus),
or
enrolment in the Master of Renewable and Future Energy.
Co-requisites:
nil
Incompatibility:
ENSC3017 Circuits and Electronics
N/A GENG3002 Mechatronics
Prerequisites:
ENSC3020 Digital and Embedded Systems
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
N/A GENG4404 Automation and Control
Prerequisites:
Completion of at least 84 points in the Bachelor of Automation and Robotics including CITS1001 Software Engineering with Java
and
ENSC2003 Engineering Electrical Fundamentals
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
S1 GENG5508 Robotics
Prerequisites:
completion of at least 84 points in the Bachelor of Automation and Robotics including CITS1001 Software Engineering with Java,
or
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Electrical and Electronic Engineering specialisation, Mechanical Engineering specialisation
or
Software Engineering specialisation),
or
enrolment in the Master of Information Technology
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
S2 MECH4424 Measurement and Noise
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Bachelor of Automation and Robotics
and
CITS1001 Software Engineering with Java
and
ENSC3001 Mechanisms and Machines,
or
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Mechanical Engineering specialisation)
or
the Master of Renewable and Future Energy
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.

Choosing your degree-specific major

General degrees

You must satisfy the requirements of a degree-specific major before you complete your course. The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you to try out a number of different subjects to see what interests you before nominating your degree-specific major. You have the choice to either nominate your degree-specific major when you first enrol in the course or delay nominating it until your second year.

To plan the first year of your study without nominating a degree-specific major, you are advised to choose units that will pave the way to two or more degree-specific majors that are of interest to you. For examples of the choice of units available in first year, search the first-year study plans .

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how the Automation and Robotics degree-specific major can be included in the Bachelor of Automation and Robotics course.

There are more choices open to you. For more examples, search the study plans .

Specialised degrees – Bachelor of Advanced Computer Science (Honours), Bachelor of Automation and Robotics, Bachelor of Environmental Design, Bachelor of Music

You must satisfy the requirements of the degree-specific major in your degree before you complete your course.

Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics

This comprehensive degree does not allow you to choose a double major.