ENMT201-17W (C) Whole Year 2017

Mechatronics Design

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2017
End Date: Sunday, 19 November 2017
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 3 March 2017
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 8 September 2017


Introduction to Mechatronics Engineering as a discipline. Fundamentals of sensors, actuators, instrumentation, and control systems. Engineering design and tools including engineering drawing, CAD, circuit simulation, and PCB design.

This whole-year course serves as a foundation for the three professional years’ training in Mechatronics engineering. It covers important topics of mechatronics systems in terms of mechatronics components, design, electronics and control. The outline of this course is as follows:

• Introduction to Mechatronics
• Programmable Logic Controller (PLC)
• Mechatronics components: inputs, outputs, sensors, actuators, mechanisms, motion,
• Computer-Aided Design (CAD): SolidWorks
• Computer Numerical Control (CNC)
• Electrical circuit analysis, instrumentation.
• Electrical schematic capture, circuit simulation & PCB design
• Introduction to control and system modelling

This introductory course with balanced ingredients aims to equip the students with baseline knowledge about mechatronics systems, and basic mechatronics design skills. Emphasis is placed on “Learning by Doing” through:

• a series of laboratory exercises on PLC programming, sensors, actuators and control;
• a series of essential tutorials on circuit analysis;
• laboratories and assignments for mechanical and electrical Computer-Aided Design; and
• a team design project on Elevator Control using PLC.

Students are guided to think “mechatronically”; linking component technologies to integrated mechatronics systems, and theories to applications.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, the student will be able to:

Understand what constitutes the discipline of Mechatronics Engineering and how it relates to allied Engineering disciplines.

Understand basic sensors, actuators and control systems and how they can be integrated to form a Mechatronics system.

Design and implement Programmable Logic Control.

Understand basic mechanical mechanisms, motion and loading analysis

Interpret and produce mechanical engineering drawings.

Conceptualise a physical mechanical system from a working drawing.

Understand of mechanical manufacturing basic concepts.

Design Computer Numerical Control program for machining.

Conduct simple electronic circuit analysis, design and simulation.

Design a servo system for motion control.

Communicate engineering design material through report writing and presentation.


Subject to the approval of the Dean of Engineering and Forestry

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

XiaoQi Chen


Don Clucas , Malcolm Taylor , Richard Clare and Christopher Hann


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Lab reports 15% Lab reports due at end of each lab
Test 05 Apr 2017 20%
Mid Year Exam 20%
CNC Laboratory 5% Semester 2
CAD Tutorial 6%
CAD/design assignment 9%
Laboratory assessments x 4 10% Term 4.
Control assignment 5% Term 4
Mechatronic Design Project 20 Oct 2017 10%

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Cetinkunt, Sabri; Mechatronics with experiments ; Second edition;

Recommended Reading

Howard, William E.1957- , Musto, Joseph C; Introduction to solid modeling using SolidWorks 2012 ; McGraw-Hill, 2012.

Shetty, Devdas. , Kolk, Richard A; Mechatronics system design ; 2nd ed; Cengage Learning, 2011.

Supplementary notes and references recommended by lecturers.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,837.00

International fee $10,000.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 15 people apply to enrol.

For further information see Mechanical Engineering .

All ENMT201 Occurrences

  • ENMT201-17W (C) Whole Year 2017