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SER301 - Electromechanical Systems Design


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):2
EFTSL value:0.250
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Pubudu Pathirana

SEE216, two credit points from SEM200, SEB223 or SEM223, plus one unit from SEE222, SER201 or SER202



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Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 300 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

For weeks 1-5: 3 x 1 hour classes per week, 1 x 3 hour seminar per week. For Weeks 7-9: 1 x 3 hour seminar per week, 1 x 3 hour studios per week. For weeks 10 -11: 2 x 3 hour studios per week. Students are required to attend and participate in project-based activities for this unit at scheduled sessions and on multiple days during intensive week during the trimester.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

3 x 1 hour classes per week (recordings provided), 1 x 3 hour online seminar per week.  Weeks 7-9: 1 x 2 hour online seminar, and 1 x 1 hour online studio per week. Weeks 10-11: 1 x 1 hour online seminar per week.  

Students are required to attend and participate in project-based activities at the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus for 2 days on the scheduled days during the trimester intensive week (typically week 6 to complete assessment task 2).


Student Equipment Purchases

Learning experiences and assessment activities in this unit require that students have access to specific mechatronics components/equipment, such as Raspberry Pi and associated peripheral devices such as a camera and a servomotor. The expected cost of this equipment for this unit is approximately $100. These components will also be usable in subsequent units.


This is a project oriented design based learning (PODBL) unit, which aims to integrate the knowledge gained in the electrical, electronic, microprocessor, mechanical and mechatronics units of the Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering (Honours) course. The unit will provide in-depth experience in sensing, signal processing and electromechanical concepts and associated technologies used for industry focused environments. Kinematic sensors are used to explain data acquisition and filtering concepts. Different control principals are covered in a practical sense by implementing the design concepts in the Mechanical actuation and output control concepts will be addressed through considering motor control. The unit revolves around projects where students will be given a problem emerging from an application context. The generic problem will have unique components that will ensure each activity provides a solution. The aim will be to develop an automated solution that will require the implementation of complex sensing, control and actuator paradigms in the industry standard MATLAB environment deployed to a microcontroller-based platform. Emphasis will be placed on developing an approach or solution beginning from the problem definition phase and continuing through to a demonstrable prototype. The unit will cover elements of professional practice relating to budgeting and cost management, and communication of technically challenging complex concepts. In particular, tighter emphasis will be placed on implementing complex techniques on associated hardware and software. 



These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit

At the completion of this Unit
successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Apply advanced electro-mechanical systems engineering concepts and subsystem design technologies to system consisting of feedback control.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO3: Digital literacy


Demonstrate the ability to utilise research methods in the investigation of engineering mechatronic problems

GLO3: Digital literacy
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving


Apply and justify appropriate engineering solutions for the design of successful completion of an electromechanical design project based on feedback control

GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving


Communicate complex conceptual and technical information through the use of oral and written techniques as well as media-rich technologies to professional audiences.

GLO2: Communication
GLO3: Digital literacy

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Assessment Description Student output Weighting (% total mark for unit) Indicative due week
Online tests  Two short answer online tests 20% (2 x 10%) Weeks 4 and 8
Design proposal  1,500-2,500 word written design proposal 10% Week 6
Project review presentation 5-minute oral presentation 10% Week 6
Portfolio ePortfolio 60% Week 12

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Hurdle requirement

To be eligible to obtain a pass in this unit, students must receive at least 40% in the project review presentation, and at least 50 % in the portfolio.

Learning Resource

There is no prescribed text. Unit materials are provided via the unit site. This includes unit topic readings and references to further information.

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