Automation and Robotics Engineering major (MJD-EAUTO)

Robotics, automation and Industry 4.0 will provide some of the most exciting opportunities and biggest challenges of our times. Automation and Robotics Engineering at UWA 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 Automation and Robotics Engineering major combines software development with mechanical, electronic hardware and mechatronics design. You will learn about the principles, design methodology and operation of industrial robot manipulators, intelligent autonomous robots and self-driving vehicles.

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; (3) integrate software, electronic, and mechanical systems to satisfy a set of operating requirements; and (4) assess risk, reliability and safety of automation and robotics installations as well as their ethical implications.

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 shape your degree in line with your personal aspirations. Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Engineering are encouraged to take units or a minor from outside of engineering, to satisfy broadening. However, you may also select engineering units that are not listed in the unit sequence of your engineering major. Advice can be sought from your Allocated Student Advising Office.

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

Overview of unit sequence

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

  • seven Level 1 units
  • eight Level 2 units
  • eight Level 3 units
  • nine Level 2 complementary units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2022; NS = non-standard teaching period

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2023 or 2024.

The list below includes the Bachelor of Engineering foundation units as well as the Automation and Robotics Engineering major units.

Level 1

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (36 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
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2 ELEC1303 Digital Systems
Prerequisites:
( Course Enrolment in the BH011 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours]
or
the CB006 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Commerce
or
the CB004 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Science
or
the CB014 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Philosophy [Honours] )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
ENSC2003 Engineering Electrical Fundamentals and ENSC3020 Digital Embedded Systems
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
NS GENG1000 Engineering Practice 1
Prerequisites:
( Course Enrolment in the BH011 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours]
or
the CB006 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Commerce
or
the CB004 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Science
or
the CB014 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Philosophy [Honours] )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1, S2 GENG1010 Introduction to Engineering
Prerequisites:
( Course Enrolment in the BH011 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours]
or
the CB006 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Commerce
or
the CB004 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Science
or
the CB014 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Philosophy [Honours] )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
ENSC1003 Introduction to Professional Engineering
S1, S2 MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus
Prerequisites:
Mathematics Specialist ATAR
or
MATH1722 Mathematics Foundations: Specialist
or
equivalent
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1, S2 MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods
Prerequisites:
Mathematics Specialist ATAR
or
MATH1722 Mathematics Foundations: Specialist
or
equivalent
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
Bridging units
Students can only take up to 12 points of bridging in the BE:

Students who have not achieved a scaled mark of at least 50 in Mathematics Specialist ATAR or equivalent are required to complete MATH1722. Students who have not achieved a scaled mark of at least 50 in Physics ATAR or equivalent are required to complete PHYS1030. Students who have not achieved a scaled mark of at least 50 in Chemistry ATAR or equivalent are required to complete CHEM1003.

Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, S2 CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
ATAR Subject(s) Chemistry
or
equivalent
S1, S2 MATH1722 Mathematics Foundations: Specialist
Prerequisites:
( Mathematics Methods ATAR
or
MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods )
or
( Mathematics Specialist ATAR [with a scaled score of less than 50]
or
equivalent )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Mathematics Specialist ATAR [with a scaled score of 50
or
greater]
or
Equivalent
or
higher
S1, S2 PHYS1030 Physics Bridging Unit
Prerequisites:
( Mathematics Methods ATAR
or
MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods )
or
( Mathematics Specialist ATAR
or
MATH1722 Mathematics Foundations: Specialist )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
a scaled score greater than
or
equal to 50 per cent in Physics ATAR
or
equivalent
or
PHYS1001 Physics for Scientists and Engineers
or
PHYS1002 Modern Physics

Level 2

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (42 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 CITS2002 Systems Programming
Prerequisites:
completion of 6 points of programming-based units
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
CITS1002 Programming and System
S1 CITS2200 Data Structures and Algorithms
Prerequisites:
CITS1001 Software Engineering with Java and ( Mathematics Methods ATAR
or
MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods
or
equivalent )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
N/A ELEC2311 Digital System Design
Prerequisites:
ELEC1303 Digital Systems (ID 7984) and Course Enrolment ( BH011 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (ID 25)
or
CB006 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Commerce (ID 6)
or
CB004 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Science (ID 4) )
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
ELEC4406 Digital System Design
S1, S2 ENSC2003 Engineering Electrical Fundamentals
Prerequisites:
( Physics ATAR
or
PHYS1030 Physics Bridging Unit ) and MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus
Co-requisites:
MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods
Incompatibility:
ELEC1303 Digital Systems and ENSC3020 Digital Embedded Systems
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
NS GENG2000 Engineering Practice 2
Prerequisites:
( Course Enrolment BH011 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours]
or
CB006 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Commerce
or
CB004 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Science
or
CB014 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Philosophy [Honours] )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1 GENG2004 Solid Mechanics
Prerequisites:
( Course Enrolment ENSC2004 Engineering Mechanics (ID 7437)
or
the CB006 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Commerce
or
the CB004 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Science
or
the CB014 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Philosophy [Honours] ) and MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus and MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods and ENSC2004 Engineering Mechanics
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
ENSC3004 Solid Mechanics
S2 MECH2004 Engineering Dynamics
Prerequisites:
( Course Enrolment in the BH011 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours]
or
the CB006 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Commerce
or
the CB004 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Science
or
the CB014 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Philosophy [Honours] ) and MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus and MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods and ENSC2004 Engineering Mechanics
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil

Level 3

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (42 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 AUTO3002 Mechatronics
Prerequisites:
( Course Enrolment in the BH011 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours]
or
the CB006 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Commerce
or
the CB004 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Science
or
the CB014 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Philosophy [Honours]
or
the BP007 Bachelor of Automation and Robotics ) and ( ELEC3020 Embedded Systems
or
ENSC3020 Digital Embedded Systems )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
GENG3002 Mechatronics
S2 CITS3001 Algorithms, Agents and Artificial Intelligence
Prerequisites:
CITS2200 Data Structures and Algorithms
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2 ELEC3016 Power and Machines
Prerequisites:
MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods (ID 6013) and ENSC2003 Engineering Electrical Fundamentals (ID 7436) and Course Enrolment ( BH011 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (ID 25)
or
CB006 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Commerce (ID 6)
or
CB004 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Science (ID 4) )
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
ENSC3016 Power and Machines (ID 346)
S2 ELEC3020 Embedded Systems
Prerequisites:
( CITS1001 Software Engineering with Java (ID 296)
or
CITS2401 Computer Analysis and Visualisation (ID 343) ) and Course Enrolment ( BH011 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (ID 25)
or
CB006 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Commerce (ID 6)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
ELEC4403 Digital and Embedded Systems
GENG3000
N/A GENG3402 Control Engineering
Prerequisites:
MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus (ID 6012) and MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods (ID 6013) and Course Enrolment ( BH011 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (ID 25)
or
CB006 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Commerce (ID 6)
or
CB004 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Science (ID 4)) )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
GENG4402 Control Engineering (ID 2588)
N/A MECH3001 Mechanisms and Machines
Prerequisites:
CITS2401 Computer Analysis and Visualisation (ID 343) and MECH2004 Engineering Mechanics 2 (ID 8062) and Course Enrolment ( BH011 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (ID 25)
or
CB006 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Commerce (ID 6)
or
CB004 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Science (ID 4) )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
ENSC3001 Mechanisms and Machines (ID 436)
N/A MECH3424 Measurement and Instrumentation
Prerequisites:
and CITS2401 Computer Analysis and Visualisation (ID 343) ENSC2004 Engineering Mechanics (ID 7437) and MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods (ID 6013) and Course Enrolment ( BH011 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (ID 25)
or
CB006 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Commerce (ID 6)
or
CB004 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Science (ID 4)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
MECH4424 Measurement and Noise (ID 2625)

Level 4

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (48 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 AUTO4404 Automation and Control
Prerequisites:
Atleast 72 Points Unit(s) and CITS1001 Software Engineering with Java (ID 296) and ENSC2003 Engineering Electrical Fundamentals (ID 7436)
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
GENG4404 Automation and Control (ID 7681)
N/A AUTO4507 Robot Manipulators
Prerequisites:
( ELEC3020 Digital Embedded Systems (ID 8032) and Course Enrolment ( BH011 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (ID 25)
or
CB006 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Commerce (ID 6)
or
CB004 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Science (ID 4) ) )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1 AUTO4508 Mobile Robots
Prerequisites:
( Course Enrolment in the BH011 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours]
or
the CB006 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Commerce
or
the CB004 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Science
or
the CB014 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Philosophy [Honours]
or
the BP007 Bachelor of Automation and Robotics
or
the 62550 Master of Professional Engineering
or
the 62510 Master of Information Technology ) and ( CITS1001 Software Engineering with Java
or
CITS1401 Computational Thinking with Python
or
CITS2002 Systems Programming
or
CITS2401 Computer Analysis and Visualisation )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
GENG5508 Robotics
S1 CITS4402 Computer Vision
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in in the ( HON-CMSSE Computer Science and Software Engineering [Honours]
or
the 62530 Master of Data Science
or
the 63550 Master of Engineering )
or
( the 62550 Master of Professional Engineering and the SP-EBIOM Biomedical Engineering specialisation
or
the SP-EELEC Electrical and Electronic Engineering specialisation
or
the SP-ESOFT Software Engineering specialisation )
or
( the 53560 Master of Physics and the SPSP-MEDPH Medical Physics specialisation )
or
( the BH008 Bachelor of Advanced Computer Science [Honours] and the MJD-ARIDM Artificial Intelligence major )
or
( the BH011 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] and the MJD-EAUTO Automation and Robotics Engineering major )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
N/A GENG4411 Engineering Research Project Part 1
Prerequisites:
Atleast Level 3 24 Points Unit(s) BH011 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (ID 25) and Course Enrolment ( BH011 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (ID 25)
or
CB006 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Commerce (ID 6)
or
CB004 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Science (ID 4) )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
N/A GENG4412 Engineering Research Project Part 2
Prerequisites:
GENG4511 Engineering Research Project Part 1 (ID 8024) and Course Enrolment ( BH011 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (ID 25)
or
CB006 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Commerce (ID 6)
or
CB004 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Science (ID 4) )
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
S1, S2 GENG5010 Professional Engineering Portfolio
Prerequisites:
completion of at least 60 points towards the Master of Professional Engineering (MPE)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
GENG5000 Professional Practicum Report
S1, S2 GENG5505 Project Management and Engineering Practice
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering
or
the Master of Information Technology
or
the Master of Engineering in Oil and Gas
or
the Master of Data Science
or
the Master of Ocean Leadership
or
the Master of Renewable and Future Energy
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
S1, S2 GENG5507 Risk, Reliability and Safety
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering
or
the Master of Business and Engineering Asset Management
or
the Master of Information Technology
or
the Master of Engineering in Oil and Gas
or
the Master of Renewable and Future Energy. This unit is also available to students in the Master of Ocean Leadership with the approval of the course coordinator and completion of an undergraduate major in Engineering Science
or
equivalent.
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 Engineering degree-specific major can be included in the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Commerce or Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) 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.