SER301 - Electromechanical Systems Design


2021 unit information

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

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



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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 online content per week (recordings provided), 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 (online)

3 x 1 hour online content 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. 

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.

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