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Unit Overview


Mechatronics is the integration of mechanical, electrical and software engineering. In this project-based unit, students work in teams to design, build and test a mechatronics product that must satisfy a set of client-defined design requirements. Students also learn about workshop safety and industry-standard design documentation.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Automation and Robotics Engineering major sequence
  • Level 3 option in the Mechanical Engineering major sequence

Students are able to (1) document processes for the design of a mechatronics product that satisfies a set of design requirements; (2) integrate mechanical, electrical and software requirements into a product ; (3) develop quantitative testing and evaluation strategies in the construction and operation of a mechatronic product; (4) build a safe mechatronics product ; (5) use industry-standard engineering documentation and processes ; and (6) work effectively as an individual and in a team.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) group product and user manual ; (2) individual practical component ; and (3) individual design report. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Thomas Braunl
Unit rules
Enrolment in
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
or BP007 Bachelor of Automation and Robotics
ELEC3020 Embedded Systems
or ENSC3020 Digital Embedded Systems
and GENG2000 Engineering Practice 2
GENG3002 Mechatronics
Contact hours
4 hours per week
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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.