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MTRX1701: Introduction to Mechatronic Engineering

Semester 1, 2023 [Normal day] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

This unit of study aims to introduce students to the fundamental principles that underlie the study of mechatronic engineering. It lays the foundation for later studies, including advanced mechatronic engineering, computing, control and system design courses. The subject also provides students with the opportunity to develop an understanding of a range of machining and manufacturing processes required to make mechanical components. Introduction to Mechatronic Engineering (60%): (a) Introduction to mechatronics and to the structure of the BE in Mechatronic Engineering. (b) Systems Modelling and Control - Fundamental concepts which underlie the modelling and control of dynamic systems. (c) Design Process - The process of design synthesis as an important part of engineering. (d) Actuators - Components that exert effort to accomplish a given task. (e) Sensors - Components that take measurements of the environment. (f) Computers - Hardware and software components that, when combined, allow a system to be controlled. (g) Advanced Topics - Case studies relating to the application of mechatronic engineering principles. Manufacturing Technology (40%): An overview of a range of processes related to the design and manufacture of aerospace components is provided through hands-on experience. Manufacturing Technology practical work is undertaken in: (a) Hand tools, Machining, and Soldering - an introduction to basic manufacturing processes used to fabricate mechatronic engineering hardware. Safety requirements: All students are required to provide their own personal protective equipment (PPE) and comply with the workshop safety rules provided in class. Students who fail to do this will not be permitted to enter the workshops. In particular, approved industrial footwear must be worn, and long hair must be protected by a hair net. Safety glasses must be worn at all times. (b) Solid Modelling - the use of computer aided design (CAD) tools to model geometry and create engineering drawings of engineering components. (c) Microcontrollers - ubiquitous in modern engineered products - will be introduced through experiential learning with development kits.

Unit details and rules

Unit code MTRX1701
Academic unit Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic
Credit points 6
Prohibitions
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MECH1560 or ENGG1800 or AERO1560 or CIVL1900 or CHNG1108 or BMET1960 or ENGG1960 or ELEC1004 or ELEC1005
Prerequisites
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None
Corequisites
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None
Assumed knowledge
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None

Available to study abroad and exchange students

No

Teaching staff

Coordinator Stefan Williams, stefan.williams@sydney.edu.au
Lecturer(s) Stefan Williams, stefan.williams@sydney.edu.au
Mitch Bryson, mitch.bryson@sydney.edu.au
Type Description Weight Due Length
Tutorial quiz In-class quizzes
In class quizzes will evaluate student understanding of material
10% Multiple weeks n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO6 LO7
Participation Workshop technology
Skills-based assessment
40% Multiple weeks n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO3
Assignment Assignment 1
Assignment 1 introduces students to mechatronic systems
10% Week 03
Due date: 10 Mar 2023 at 23:59

Closing date: 10 Mar 2023
6-8 page written report submitted
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO8
Assignment Assignment 2
Assignment 2 introduces students to block diagrams and system modelling
10% Week 06
Due date: 31 Mar 2023 at 23:59

Closing date: 31 Mar 2023
6-8 page written report
Outcomes assessed: LO5 LO1 LO2 LO4 LO6 LO7 LO8
Assignment Assignment 3
Assignment 3 introduces students to sensors, actuators and control
10% Week 10
Due date: 05 May 2023 at 23:59

Closing date: 06 May 2022
8-10 page written report
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Assignment group assignment Assignment 4
Assignment 4 is a group design task
20% Week 13
Due date: 28 May 2023 at 23:59

Closing date: 28 May 2022
15-20 page group report and presentation
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
group assignment = group assignment ?

Assessment summary

 

  • Assignment 1: Mechatronic System Examples
  • Assignment 2: Block Diagrams and System Modelling
  • Assignment 3: Sensors, Actuators and Control
  • Assignment 4: System Design case study
  • In-class quizzes: Short quizzes in class.
  • Manufacturing technology: Practical sessions in Hand Tools, Machining, Microcontrollers, Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Soldering. 

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Unit of Study Policies

Method of Submission of Assignments
All assignments must be submitted electronically via Canvas.

Assignment Extensions and Deadlines
No extension of the published due dates and times will be given unless exceptional circumstances apply. In such cases, formal application for Special Consideration should be made using the form available via www.sydney.edu.au/students/special-consideration.html.


Must Pass Both Components
To pass this unit of study it is necessary but not sufficient to obtain a mark of not less than 45% in both the Introduction to Mechatronic Engineering and Manufacturing Technology components.

Assessment Feedback
Students can expect feedback for this unit of study through discussion during lectures and tutorial/laboratory sessions, through assignment assessment, and through responses to questions posted on the unit of study discussion board (Ed).

Students can provide feedback to the Lecturer and Tutors by discussion during lectures or tutorial/laboratory sessions, by posting comments and questions on the Ed discussion forum, or by email to the unit coordinator.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades as set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

Standards Based Assessment

Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for high distinction, DI for distinction, CR for credit, PS for pass and FA for fail as defined by University of Sydney Coursework Policy 2014.

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard. For more information see sydney.edu.au/students/guide-to-grades.

 

For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Multiple weeks Practical work in hand tools, machining, soldering, solid modelling and microcontrollers. Practical (27 hr) LO3
Week 01 Introduction to Mechatronic Systems Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 02 Mechatronic System Elements and Examples Lecture (1 hr) LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week 03 System Design 1: The Design Process Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
Week 04 System Design 2: Block Diagrams Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
Week 05 System Design 3: Modelling and Intuition Lecture (1 hr) LO2 LO5 LO8
Week 06 System Design 4: Design Thinking Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
Week 07 Sensors Lecture (1 hr) LO2 LO6
Week 08 Actuators Lecture (1 hr) LO2 LO6
Week 09 Control Lecture (1 hr) LO2 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week 10 Computing and Embedded Systems Lecture (1 hr) LO2 LO6
Week 11 Communications Lecture (1 hr) LO2 LO6
Week 12 Case Studies Lecture (1 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 13 Industry Talks Lecture (1 hr) LO6 LO7
Weekly Weekly 2-hour tutorial. Tutorial (26 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Individual study of material related to lectures, tutorials, assignments and workshop technology labs. Independent study (65 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8

Attendance and class requirements

Students are expected to attend all scheduled lectures, tutorials and laboratory sessions.

All practical sessions within the Manufacturing Technology component can be completed in-person. Please ensure that you attend your scheduled Manufacturing Technology sessions as it will not be possible to reschedule missed Manufacturing Technology sessions.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

 Recommended References

Note: References are provided for guidance purposes only. Students are advised to consult these books, or other books, in the University Library. Purchase is not required

Online Course Content

Canvas

Note on Resources

Library

Search for “mechatronic” in the University Library catalogue: https://sydney.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/discovery/search?vid=61USYD_INST:sydney&tab=Everything&search_scope=MyInst_and_CI&mode=basic&displayMode=full&bulkSize=10&highlight=true&dum=true&query=any,contains,mechatronic&displayField=all&q=mechatronic

Online Magazines

Journals

Mechatronics is a mature engineering and scholarly discipline. The University library subscribes electronically to some of the leading journals in mechatronics and robotics. Although most of this research material is not immediately relevant to first-year mechatronic engineering, you may be interested to have a look at some of the journals at http://www.library.usyd.edu.au/databases/

  • Mechatronics: Formal refereed scholarly papers on mechatronics. This is the leading international journal in the field.
  • International Journal of Robotics Research: The leading peer-reviewed academic journal in robotics with a focus on formal experiments as well as theory. Its articles are detailed and provide extensive explanation of concepts and demonstrations.
  • IEEE Transactions on Robotics: Peer-reviewed academic journal in the field of robotics. It tends to emphasise mathematical and theoretical approaches.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Analyze and formulate requirements for a mechatronic system based on a specification.
  • LO2. Undertake independent research and analysis and to think creatively about engineering problems.
  • LO3. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the norms of professional practice and of common workshop skills - hand tool use, machining, hand soldering, CAD and microcontroller applications.
  • LO4. Apply a systematic approach to the design process for mechatronic systems.
  • LO5. Think creatively and independently about new design problems.
  • LO6. Appreciate the fundamental components that make up typical mechatronic systems, including sensors, actuators, electronic and computing systems.
  • LO7. Understand the general principles involved in computer-controlled machinery.
  • LO8. Demonstrate a basic understanding of system modelling and approaches to control.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
GQ1 GQ2 GQ3 GQ4 GQ5 GQ6 GQ7 GQ8 GQ9

Alignment with Competency standards

Outcomes Competency standards
LO1
Engineers Australia Curriculum Performance Indicators - EAPI
1.1. Developing underpinning capabilities in mathematics, physical, life and information sciences and engineering sciences, as appropriate to the designated field of practice.
1.2. Tackling technically challenging problems from first principles.
2.2. Application of enabling skills and knowledge to problem solution in these technical domains.
4.1. Advanced level skills in the structured solution of complex and often ill defined problems.
4.2. Ability to use a systems approach to complex problems, and to design and operational performance.
4.3. Proficiency in the engineering design of components, systems and/or processes in accordance with specified and agreed performance criteria.
4.4. Skills in implementing and managing engineering projects within the bounds of time, budget, performance and quality assurance requirements.
4.5. An ability to undertake problem solving, design and project work within a broad contextual framework accommodating social, cultural, ethical, legal, political, economic and environmental responsibilities as well as within the principles of sustainable development and health and safety imperatives.
LO2
Engineers Australia Curriculum Performance Indicators - EAPI
1.1. Developing underpinning capabilities in mathematics, physical, life and information sciences and engineering sciences, as appropriate to the designated field of practice.
2. IN-DEPTH TECHNICAL COMPETENCE
2.1. Appropriate range and depth of learning in the technical domains comprising the field of practice informed by national and international benchmarks.
2.4. Advanced knowledge and capability development in one or more specialist areas through engagement with: (a) specific body of knowledge and emerging developments and (b) problems and situations of significant technical complexity.
3.2. Information literacy and the ability to manage information and documentation.
3.7. A capacity for lifelong learning and professional development and appropriate professional attitudes.
4.5. An ability to undertake problem solving, design and project work within a broad contextual framework accommodating social, cultural, ethical, legal, political, economic and environmental responsibilities as well as within the principles of sustainable development and health and safety imperatives.
5.1. An appreciation of the scientific method, the need for rigour and a sound theoretical basis.
5.3. Skills in the selection and characterisation of engineering systems, devices, components and materials.
5.4. Skills in the selection and application of appropriate engineering resources tools and techniques, appreciation of accuracy and limitations;.
LO3
Engineers Australia Curriculum Performance Indicators - EAPI
5.4. Skills in the selection and application of appropriate engineering resources tools and techniques, appreciation of accuracy and limitations;.
5.6. Skills in the design and conduct of experiments and measurements.
5.7. Proficiency in appropriate laboratory procedures; the use of test rigs, instrumentation and test equipment.
LO4
Engineers Australia Curriculum Performance Indicators - EAPI
4.1. Advanced level skills in the structured solution of complex and often ill defined problems.
4.2. Ability to use a systems approach to complex problems, and to design and operational performance.
4.3. Proficiency in the engineering design of components, systems and/or processes in accordance with specified and agreed performance criteria.
4.4. Skills in implementing and managing engineering projects within the bounds of time, budget, performance and quality assurance requirements.
4.5. An ability to undertake problem solving, design and project work within a broad contextual framework accommodating social, cultural, ethical, legal, political, economic and environmental responsibilities as well as within the principles of sustainable development and health and safety imperatives.
LO5
Engineers Australia Curriculum Performance Indicators - EAPI
4.1. Advanced level skills in the structured solution of complex and often ill defined problems.
4.2. Ability to use a systems approach to complex problems, and to design and operational performance.
4.3. Proficiency in the engineering design of components, systems and/or processes in accordance with specified and agreed performance criteria.
LO6
Engineers Australia Curriculum Performance Indicators - EAPI
5.3. Skills in the selection and characterisation of engineering systems, devices, components and materials.
5.4. Skills in the selection and application of appropriate engineering resources tools and techniques, appreciation of accuracy and limitations;.
5.5. Skills in the development and application of mathematical, physical and conceptual models, understanding of applicability and shortcomings.
LO7
Engineers Australia Curriculum Performance Indicators - EAPI
5.3. Skills in the selection and characterisation of engineering systems, devices, components and materials.
5.4. Skills in the selection and application of appropriate engineering resources tools and techniques, appreciation of accuracy and limitations;.
5.5. Skills in the development and application of mathematical, physical and conceptual models, understanding of applicability and shortcomings.
LO8
Engineers Australia Curriculum Performance Indicators - EAPI
1.1. Developing underpinning capabilities in mathematics, physical, life and information sciences and engineering sciences, as appropriate to the designated field of practice.
1.2. Tackling technically challenging problems from first principles.
4.1. Advanced level skills in the structured solution of complex and often ill defined problems.
4.2. Ability to use a systems approach to complex problems, and to design and operational performance.
4.3. Proficiency in the engineering design of components, systems and/or processes in accordance with specified and agreed performance criteria.
4.4. Skills in implementing and managing engineering projects within the bounds of time, budget, performance and quality assurance requirements.
5.3. Skills in the selection and characterisation of engineering systems, devices, components and materials.
5.4. Skills in the selection and application of appropriate engineering resources tools and techniques, appreciation of accuracy and limitations;.
5.5. Skills in the development and application of mathematical, physical and conceptual models, understanding of applicability and shortcomings.
Stage 1 Competency Standard for Professional Engineer (UG) -
Competency code Taught, Practiced or Assessed Competency standard
1.1 (L1) T P A Scientific knowledge. (Level 1- Contributing to required standard) Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline.
1.2 (L1) T P A Mathematical and computational methods. (Level 1- Contributing to required standard) Conceptual understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline.
1.3 (L1) T P A Specialist discipline knowledge. (Level 1- Contributing to required standard) In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.
1.4 (L1) T P A Discipline research knowledge. (Level 1- Contributing to required standard) Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline
1.5 (L1) T P A Discipline context knowledge. (Level 1- Contributing to required standard) Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline.
1.6 (L1) T P A Discipline professional practice knowledge. (Level 1- Contributing to required standard) Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the specific discipline.
2.1 (L1) T P A Complex problem-solving. (Level 1- Contributing to required standard) Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving
2.2 (L1) T P A Use of engineering techniques, tools and resources. (Level 1- Contributing to required standard) Techniques, tools and resources.
2.3 (L1) T P A Engineering design. (Level 1- Contributing to required standard) Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes.
2.4 (L1) T P A Engineering project management. (Level 1- Contributing to required standard) Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects

This section outlines changes made to this unit following staff and student reviews.

We will endeavour to provide more timely feedback on assignments this year.

Additional costs

Students must supply their own personal protective equipment (PPE) for in-person Workshop Technology practical classes.

Work, health and safety

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is mandatory for in-person participation in the Hand Tools, Machining and Soldering practical classes within the Manufacturing Technology component of the unit. Further information will be provided in the first week’s lectures and on the unit Canvas site.

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