Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering (Honours)

Course summary for current students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering (Honours)
Duration4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code079999F
Deakin course codeS463

Note: Offered to continuing students only.

Continuing students should contact their course advisor for further information.

Further course structure information can be found in the handbook archive.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Deakin’s Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering (Honours) places great emphasis on the practical application of engineering and scientific principles to produce industry-ready engineers, who are immediately employable and capable of adapting to an ever-changing future.

Mechatronics engineers are responsible for combining electronics, mechanical and robotics engineering principles to provide solutions to complex real-world problems such as the automation of industrial processes using robotics and other cutting-edge technologies. The Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering (Honours) offers studies in electronics, mechanical design and autonomous systems, and values project-based learning. The course is tailored to industry needs and job readiness, and students have access to cutting-edge technology and facilities, including state-of-the-art mechatronic systems and industrial robots. Through final-year projects, you will gain and introduction to advanced research areas such as mobile robotics and 3D printing and have the opportunity to design an autonomous robot. There are also close links to strong research programs for those interested in pursuing post graduate studies.

You will learn generic skills, including entrepreneurship, innovation and leadership, project management, technical report writing and presentation, and comprehension and communication. You will also develop an understanding of the ethical basis of the engineering profession and practice, contemporary technical and professional issues in the practice of engineering, as well as how to address complex problems and produce innovative solutions beneficial to an organisation and society.

You will also gain a sound, fundamental understanding of the scientific principles underlying technology; learn the basic principles underlying the management of physical, human and financial resources; acquire the mathematical and computational skills necessary for solving theoretical and practical problems and for meeting future changes in technology; and gain an understanding of the social, cultural, global and environmental responsibilities of the professional engineer.

Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

Professional recognition

Deakin’s Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering (Honours) course is accredited by Engineers Australia, which gives the degrees international recognition, allowing graduates to practise as professional engineers in many countries around the world.

Career opportunities

Graduates can expect to gain employment in areas including factory control, automation and control system design, as electronic control systems engineers or robotics engineers.

Articulation and credit transfer

Flexible entry into the course allows students to upgrade their qualifications and to obtain credit for previous studies/experience. Applicants with appropriate TAFE qualifications or other approved post-secondary studies may apply for credit for prior learning. Credit may be considered for skills obtained in the workforce or by informal means.

Attendance requirements

In order to satisfy course accreditation requirements, as specified and administered by Engineers Australia, all Cloud (online) enrolled students are required to participate in Campus learning activities equivalent to a minimum duration of one full academic week for every trimester of effective full time study in order to ensure that graduates possess and have demonstrated the minimum necessary knowledge and skill base, engineering application abilities, and professional skills, values and attitudes at successful completion of the course to be sufficiently prepared to enter professional engineering practice.

Cloud (online) enrolled students are required to attend campus mode conducted activities for all units in the course (with the exception of units SEE010 and SEP490) during the corresponding Engineering Practice Week in a trimester. Attendance at campus mode activities is compulsory and failure to attend will result in a fail grade being awarded for the respective affected unit(s) for that particular trimester.

Note: Students’ enrolled in the off campus or Cloud (online) mode will be required to attend campus based activities at scheduled sessions during the trimester intensive week. Cloud (online) international students will be required to obtain a visitor visa to undertake these campus based activities. International students are unable to apply for a student visa for this course.

Equipment requirements

Students must have access to a suitable computer and a network connection.  Information about the hardware and software requirements may be obtained from the School of Engineering, telephone 03 9244 6699.

Engineering professional practice sequence

A series of professional practice units have been introduced as core requirements of the undergraduate Engineering courses.  These four units (one at each year level) are intended to enable students to increase their awareness of various generic engineering, technological and professional practice skills, and how those skills are applied in the workplace. There will be an emphasis on group activities and assessment and a focus on the 'real' world.

Work experience

Before students will be deemed eligible to graduate they must obtain an aggregate of at least 12 weeks of suitable practical experience during their program. Work experience would normally be gained during the vacation periods. Further details are contained in the unit description for SEP490 Engineering Work Experience.

Fees and charges

This section is for:

  • all Commonwealth Supported Place students, or
  • domestic fee-paying undergraduate students, or
  • all domestic and International students who commenced in 2015 or before.

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the units you study. The cost of each unit can be viewed by looking up your units in the Handbook Unit Search under the 'Unit based calculation'.

* The Commonwealth supported place (CSP) indicative annual course fee shown in the table below is provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking full-time study within the specified discipline. The actual fees charged by Deakin University, will depend on the individual unit discipline and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines.

  This section is for:

  • all International students who commenced in 2016 or after, or
  • all postgraduate domestic student who commenced in 2016 or after.

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the course you study. The following rates apply:

Commonwealth Supported Place (indicative)*Domestic Fee PayingInternational Fee Paying
$8,917Not applicable$32,000

The rates shown are based on eight credit points (which equals one Equivalent Full Time Study Load - EFTSL). If your study load for the year is less than or more than eight credit points, your fees will be adjusted accordingly. The credit point and EFTSL value of each unit can be viewed by looking up your units in the Handbook Unit Search. To calculate the fee for each unit, take the applicable course fee above, divide it by eight, then multiply it by the credit point of the unit you are studying.

Course rules

  • 30 core units and 2 Engineering elective units 
  • completion of SEE010 Safety Induction Program (0 credit-point compulsory unit)
  • a maximum of 10 credit points at Level 1
  • completion of SEP490 – 12 Week Engineering Work Experience (0 credit points)
  • Cloud (online) enrolled students are required to attend campus mode conducted activities for all units in the course (with the exception of units SEE010 and SEP490) during the  trimester intensive week conducted in week 7. Attendance at campus mode activities is compulsory and failure to attend will result in a fail grade being awarded for the respective affected unit(s) for that particular trimester.

Course structure

Level 1

Trimester 1

SEB121Engineering Practice

SED102Engineering Graphics and CAD

SEB101Engineering Fundamentals #

SIT199Applied Algebra and Statistics

SEE010Safety Induction Program *

* SEE010 is a 0 credit safety induction unit.

Trimester 2

SIT172Programming for Engineers

SIT194Introduction to Mathematical Modelling

SEE103Electrical Systems

SEM111Engineering Materials 1

Level 2

Trimester 1

SEP291Engineering Modelling

SEE202Digital Electronics

SEE206Measurement and Instrumentation

SEM223Engineering Mechanics

Trimester 2

SEB223The Professional Environment for Engineers and Scientists

SEE215Microcontroller Principles

SEM222Stress Analysis

SEE208Modern Power Generation Systems Design

Level 3

Trimester 1

SEE320Microcontroller System Design

SEE321Electro-Mechanical Systems

SED302Computer Aided Engineering +

SEM327Dynamics of Machines

Trimester 2

SEE326Artificial Intelligence for Autonomous Systems ~

SEB324Project Management

SEE344Control Systems

SEE312Industrial Data Communication

Level 4

Trimester 1

SER400Virtual and Augmented Interfaces ^

SEJ441Engineering Project A

SEM433Mechatronic Design

Engineering elective

Trimester 2

SEJ446Engineering Project B (2cps)

SEE412Data Communication

SEP490Engineering Work Experience *

Engineering elective


# SEB101 replaces SEP101 from 2016

^ SER400 replaces SEE426 from 2016

+ SED302 replaces SEE325 from 2016

* SEP490 is a 0 credit point unit, available in trimester 1, 2 and 3

~ SEE326 will be offered in Trimester 1 from 2017