SER300 - Mechatronic Design

Unit details


2024 unit information

Offering information:

Available at the Burwood (Melbourne) campus from 2026

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online
Credit point(s):2
EFTSL value:0.250
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Andrew Price

Must have passed 3 units in: SET111, SEJ101, SEJ102 or SEM200 and passed one unit in SEE222, SER201 or SER202.

Incompatible with:

SEE320 and SEM433

Typical study commitment:

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

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Educator-facilitated (scheduled) learning activities - on-campus unit enrolment:

2 x 1 hour seminars, 1 x 3 hour practical experience (studio) each week.

Educator-facilitated (scheduled) learning activities - online unit enrolment:

Online independent and collaborative learning. Students are required to attend and participate in project-based activities for the scheduled sessions during the trimester intensive activities as detailed in the unit site.


Student Equipment Purchases

Learning experiences and assessment activities in this unit require that students have access to specific mechatronics components/equipment. The expected cost of this equipment for this unit is approximately $300. These components will also be usable in subsequent units.


The aim of this unit is to study the design and management of a mechatronic project. The unit develops the skills to apply mechanical and electronic knowledge to build a managed mechatronic project. The project will be an autonomous robotic build which will include the electronic control of a mechanical system. Engineering consideration of managed projects is included.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Apply mechatronic engineering knowledge and systems through a managed project.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Demonstrate in depth knowledge and technical competence in mechatronic engineering to create multiple innovative engineering design or sustainable engineering solutions within budget.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO5: Problem solving


Demonstrate the ability to utilise research methods in the investigation of mechatronic engineering problems critically analysing information and applying engineering standards for successful completion of a project.

GLO3: Digital literacy
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO7: Teamwork


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

GLO2: Communication


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1
Design brief
Written report, 10-page maximum 5% Week 5
Assessment 2
Progress presentation
10-minute in-class presentation 5% Week 6
Assessment 3
Project showcase and oral defence 80% Week 11
Assessment 4
Final report
Written report, 15-page maximum 10% 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.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: SER300 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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