Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering (Honours)

Course summary for international students

Year

2017 course information

Award granted Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering (Honours)
Campus

Offered at Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

Cloud CampusYes
Length4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)

Tuition fee rateAvailable fee rates for 2017 can be found at www.deakin.edu.au/fees
CRICOS course code079999F
LevelUndergraduate
Clearly-in ATAR
Burwood (Melbourne): N/A
Waurn Ponds (Geelong) - off campus: N/A
Waurn Ponds (Geelong): N/A
English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0 (or equivalent). More information is available at www.ielts.org

VTAC Codes1400314793 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), International full-fee paying place
Deakin course code S463
Faculty contacts

Deakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
Online enquiry

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS - Due to visa regulations, this course can only be undertaken at the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus or Cloud (Online)

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Deakin’s Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering (Honours) prepares you to be an industry-ready professional engineer with the skills to apply mechatronics engineering principles to challenging real-world problems such as the automation of industrial processes using robotics and other cutting-edge technologies, flying drones, 3D printers, robotics and self-driving cars.

The course offers studies in electronics, mechanical design and autonomous systems. Through project-oriented design-based learning (PODBL), you’ll learn fundamental theory and apply it to industry-relevant projects to develop innovative solutions to real-world problems.

The course is tailored to industry needs and job readiness, and gives you access to cutting-edge technology and facilities, including state-of-the-art mechatronic systems and industrial robots. Through final-year projects, you will gain an introduction to advanced research areas such as mobile robotics and 3D printing, and have the opportunity to design an autonomous robot.

The course will also provide you with transferrable skills in entrepreneurship, innovation, project management, technical report writing and more. You’ll develop an understanding of ethics within the engineering profession, and of technical and professional issues within the industry while gaining an insight into the social, cultural, global and environmental responsibilities of the modern engineer.

Deakin’s Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering (Honours) course is accredited by Engineers Australia, giving the degree international recognition and allowing graduates to practise as professional engineers in many countries around the world. With an international skills shortage in the engineering industry, Deakin graduates are in demand.

Career opportunities exist in areas including industrial automation, control system design, electronic control systems engineering, robotics engineering and more.

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.

Fees and charges

Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit www.deakin.edu.au/fees.

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.

Course Learning Outcomes

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes (DGLOs)

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

Minimum Standards

1. Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities: appropriate to the level of study related to a discipline or profession.

  • Integrate well-developed knowledge of physical sciences and engineering fundamentals, which underpins the engineering discipline to analyse complex engineering problems and to evaluate possible solutions.
  • Apply professional engineering knowledge, and knowledge of contextual factors in order to design, develop and maintain sustainable engineering infrastructure, systems or products.
  • Plan and execute research projects to show capacity for advanced knowledge and skills in an engineering discipline and thereby demonstrate the ability to continue professional development and / or scholarship.
  • Judiciously apply knowledge of physical sciences and engineering fundamentals to systematically investigate, interpret analyse complex problems and issues, for ensuring that technical and non-technical considerations including costs, risk and limitations are properly evaluated and integrated as desirable outcomes of engineering practice.
  • Take responsibility for engineering projects and programs, and ensure reliable functioning of all materials, components, sub-systems and technologies as well as all interactions between the technical system and the context within which it functions to form a complete, sustainable and self-consistent system that optimises social, environmental and economic outcomes over the full lifetime of engineering products or program.
  • Respond to or initiate research concerned with advancing the science of engineering and with developing new principles and technologies within a broad engineering discipline to find and generate information, using appropriate methodology and thereby contribute to continual improvement in the practice of engineering, and in devising and updating the codes and standards that govern practice, including scholarship.

2. Communication: using oral, written and interpersonal communication to inform, motivate and effect change.

  • Apply effective communication skills in a professional context to interpret, evaluate and present technical engineering information using oral, written, visual modes.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in comprehending viewpoints of others and present arguments and justifications for representing engineering position to technical and non-technical audience.
  • Prepare high quality engineering documents and present information including approaches, procedures, concepts, solutions, and technical details in oral, written and/or visual forms appropriate to the context, in a professional manner.
  • Use reasoning skills to critically and fairly analyse the viewpoints of stakeholders and specialists, and consult in a professional manner when presenting an engineering viewpoint, arguments, justifications or solutions to engage technical and non-technical audience in discussions, debate and negotiations.

3. Digital literacy: using technologies to find, use and disseminate information.

 

  • Identify, select and use digital technologies and tools relevant to the engineering discipline to generate, manage and share information.
  • Demonstrate the ability to independently and systematically locate information, evaluate its reliability, and use the information for engineering design, problem solving and research purposes.
  • Use commonly available digital technologies and tools including indexes, bibliographic databases and other search facilities to locate, generate and share information appropriately by referencing relevant published works.
  • Use a wide range of digital engineering tools and techniques to analyse, simulate, visualise, synthesise and critically assess information, and methodically and systematically differentiate between assertion, personal opinion, and evidence for engineering decision-making.

 

4. Critical thinking: evaluating information using critical and analytical thinking and judgment.

  • Demonstrate autonomy and judgement through balanced application of logic, intellectual and research criteria to review, analyse, and synthesise information for engineering problem solving.
  • Identify, discern, and characterise salient issues, determine and analyse causes and effects, justify and apply appropriate assumptions, predict performance and behaviour, conceptualise engineering approaches and evaluate potential outcomes against appropriate criteria to synthesise solution strategies for complex engineering problems.

5. Problem solving: creating solutions to authentic (real world and ill-defined) problems.

  • Apply engineering knowledge, skills and techniques to identify and define complex problems in a variety of contexts.
  • Evaluate and use established engineering methods to identify potential solutions to independently and collaboratively resolve complex engineering problems and realise solutions.
  • Demonstrate innovative and creative approaches and/or solutions in planning, designing or executing engineering projects.

 

  • Use research based knowledge and research methods to identify, reveal and define complex engineering problems which involve uncertainty, ambiguity, imprecise information, conflicting technical or nontechnical factors and safety and other contextual risks associated with engineering application within an engineering discipline.
  • Apply technical knowledge, problem solving skills, appropriate tools and resources to design components, elements, systems, plant, facilities, processes and / or services to satisfy user requirements taking in to account broad contextual constraints such as social, cultural, economic, environmental, legal, political and human factors as an integral factor in the process of developing responsible engineering solutions.
  • Identify recent developments, develop alternative concepts, solutions and procedures, appropriately challenge engineering practice from technical and / or non-technical viewpoints and thereby demonstrate capacity for creating new technological opportunities, approaches and / or solutions.

6. Self-management: working and learning independently, and taking responsibility for personal actions.

  • Evaluate own knowledge and skills using frameworks of reflection and take responsibility for learning and performance.
  • Work responsibly and safely in engineering environments to demonstrate professionalism.
  • Regularly undertake self-review and take notice of feedback to reflect on achievements, plan professional development needs, learn from the knowledge and standards of a professional and intellectual community and contribute to its maintenance and advancement.
  • Commit to and uphold codes of ethics, established norms, standards, and conduct that characterises accountability and responsibility as a professional engineer, while ensuring safety of other people and protection of the environment.

7. Teamwork: working and learning with others from different disciplines and backgrounds.

  • Undertake various team roles, work effectively within a team, and utilise effective teamwork skills in order to achieve learning goals.
  • Apply interpersonal skills to interact and collaborate to enhance outcomes through shared individual and collective knowledge and creative capacity to optimise complex problem resolution.
  • Function effectively as a team member, take various team roles, consistently complete all assigned tasks within agreed deadlines, proactively assist, contribute to ideas, respect opinions and value contribution made by others when working collaboratively in learning activities to realise shared team goals and outcomes.
  • Apply people and personal skills to resolve any teamwork issues, provide constructive feedback that recognises the value of alternative and diverse viewpoints, and contribute to team cohesiveness, bringing to the fore and discussing shared individual and collective knowledge and creative capacity to develop optimal solutions to complex engineering problems.

8. Global citizenship: engaging ethically and productively in the professional context and with diverse communities and cultures in a global context.

  • Formulate sustainable engineering practices by integrating aspects of design, development or research through concern for economic, environmental, social and cultural perspectives and values.
  • Engage with global traditions and current trends in engineering practice in order to appreciate diversity, seek equity in outcomes and adopt ethical and professional standards.

 

  • Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the global, cultural and social diversity and complex needs of communities and cultures through the assessment of qualitative and quantitative interactions between engineering practices, the environment and the community, the implications of the law, relevant codes, regulations and standards.
  • Actively seek traditional, current and new information to assess trends and emerging practice from local, national and global sources and appraise the diversity, equity and ethical implications for professional practice.

Approved by Faculty Board 14 July 2016

Course rules

To complete the Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering (Honours), students must attain 32 credit points. Most units (think of units as ‘subjects’) are equal to 1 credit point. So that means in order to gain 32 credit points, you’ll need to study 32 units (AKA ‘subjects’) over your entire degree. Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester, and usually undertake two trimesters each year.

The 32 credit points include 29 core units (these are compulsory) and 3 Engineering electives.

Course structure

Core

Level 1 - Trimester 1

SEJ101Design Fundamentals (2 credit points)

SEB101Engineering Fundamentals

SIT199Applied Algebra and Statistics

SEJ010Introduction to Safety and Project Oriented Learning (0 credit points)

Level 1 - Trimester 2

SEJ102Electrical Systems Engineering Project (2 credit points)

SIT172Programming for Engineers

SIT194Introduction to Mathematical Modelling


Level 2 - Trimester 1

SEM200Machine Design (2 credit points)

SEP291Engineering Modelling

SEE206Measurement and Instrumentation

Level 2 - Trimester 2

STP010Introduction to Work Placements (0 credit points)

SER201Embedded System Design (2 credit points)^

SEE216Analog and Digital Systems

SER202Programming for Embedded Systems


Level 3 - Trimester 1

SER300Mechatronic Design (2 credit points)

SEE312Data Communication

SEE326Artificial Intelligence for Autonomous Systems

Level 3 - Trimester 2

SER301Electromechanical Systems Design (2 credit points)

SEE344Control Systems

SEM327Dynamics of Machines

SEP490Engineering Work Experience (0 credit points)*

* SEP490 is available in trimester 1, 2 and 3.


Level 4 - Trimester 1

SEJ441Engineering Project A (2 credit points)~

2 Engineering elective units

Level 4 - Trimester 2

SEJ446Engineering Project B (2 credit points)~

SER400Virtual and Augmented Interfaces

Engineering elective

 

~ Note: Students are expected to undertake SEJ441 and SEJ446 in consecutive trimesters.  Students will be required to seek approval from the unit chair if they are unable to complete SEJ441 and SEJ446 consecutively.  

^ Must have successfully completed STP010 Introduction to Work Placements (0 credit point unit)

Electives

Engineering elective units:

SEE412Industrial Data Communication

SED304Product Development

 


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 during the corresponding Intensive Week in a trimester. Attendance at campus mode activities is linked to assessment requirements within the Engineering programmes, failure to attend will result in not meeting the hurdle requirement of the respective assessment. Thus, a fail grade shall be 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.

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.

Entry requirements - general

General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate admission requirements table (194kb).
Some courses may have additional entry requirements.
Students must also meet the undergraduate English language requirements.

Credit for prior learning - general

If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit for prior learning. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit for prior learning.
Your credit for prior learning is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

Credit for prior learning - specific

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of 50% of the course at Deakin University.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

How to apply

Tracking your application
If you have already applied and wish to enquire about your application please refer to the relevant area through which you originally applied.

  • If you applied through a Deakin representative please contact your representative.
  • If you applied through a Deakin International office please contact deakin-int-admissions@deakin.edu.au

Workload

You can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.

Work experience

You’ll gain industry experience by completing at least 60 days of practical work experience in an engineering workplace, developing and enhancing your understanding of the engineering profession, possible career outcomes, and the opportunity to establish valuable professional networks.