Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering (Honours)

Course summary for current students

Year2014 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering (Honours)
CampusOffered at Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Cloud (online)Yes
Duration4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code079999F
Deakin course codeS463

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 and exit points allow 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. Engineering Practice Week is conducted in week 9 of each 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.

Equipment requirements

Cloud (online) enrolled students must have access to a personal computer with internet access and be able to run software in a Windows XP, vista or 7 environment.

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 Bachelor of Engineering. 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

Unit fees can be viewed within individual unit descriptions. You can search for a unit using the Unit Search.

Please be aware:

  • Fees are calculated on a per unit basis
  • Fees charged will depend on the individual units chosen
  • Fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and services

Course rules

  • 30 core units and 2 Engineering elective units (this includes 2 highly recommended 4th year units SET401 and SET402 Advanced Topics 1 and 2)
  • 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 corresponding Engineering Practice Week in a trimester. Engineering Practice Week is conducted in week 9 of each 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.

Course structure

Level 1

Trimester 1

SEB121Engineering Practice

SED102Engineering Graphics and CAD

SEP101Engineering Physics

SIT199Applied Algebra and Statistics

SEE010Safety Induction Program

Note: 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

SEE325Robotics and Applications

SEM327Dynamics of Machines

Trimester 2

SEE326Artificial Intelligence for Autonomous Systems

SEB324Project Management

SEE344Control Engineering

SEE312Electronic Data Communications

Level 4

Trimester 1

SEE426Robotic System Design

SEJ441Engineering Project A

SEM433Mechatronic Design

Engineering elective

Trimester 2

SEJ446Engineering Project B (2cps)

SEE412Industrial Data Communication and Design

SEP490Engineering Work Experience

Engineering elective

Note: SEP490 - 0 credit points, available in trimester 1, 2 and 3

Highly recommended electives:

SET401Advanced Topics in Engineering 1

SET402Advanced Topics in Engineering 2

 

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