ENMT301-16W (C) Whole Year 2016

Mechatronics System Design

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2016
End Date: Sunday, 13 November 2016
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 4 March 2016
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 2 September 2016


Design process, mechatronic system modelling, design methodology and tools, creative design, machine elements, mechanical power transmission, sensors, actuators, computer vision, intelligent control.

Compulsory to 2nd Pro Mechatronics students, this whole-year course is intended to teach Mechatronics students how to perform integrated design of a mechatronic system, as well to provide familiarity with some of the key tools and techniques of mechatronics engineering. Emphasis is placed on the mechatronics design process, and the use of introductory material on computer vision and machine intelligence, both of which are considered an important part of mechatronic systems but are not covered in other 1st Pro or 2nd Pro courses. A key aspect of this course is the year-long team design project, which involves designing and implementing a complex mechatronic system, participating in the Canterbury Robocup:Search and Rescue Robot Competitions.

Semester 1 mainly covers:
 - Mechanical design,
 - Mechatronic system design fundamentals, and
 - System design tools,
 - Reliability and risk analysis.

Semester 2 mainly covers:
 - Sensors and signal processing,
 - Image processing and machine vision,
 - Power management and locomotion

The whole-year project will have staged milestones set for assessment to make sure students keep on track in progress. Its main assessment will be in Semester 2.

Learning Outcomes

1. Apply mechatronics design principles to a multidisciplinary engineering project.
2. Apply modern mechatronic engineering design and analysis tools/methods
 System modelling
 Simulation
 Signal/image processing
 Reliability/Risk analysis
3. Produce an integrated engineering solution to a broad problem that is not fully defined and is open-ended.
4. Effectively communicate design ideas and project work through engineering drawings, engineering design reports, and project presentations.
5. Demonstrate organisational, project management, research, and interpersonal (team) skills.


Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Chris Pretty


Keith Alexander and Michael Hayes


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Assignment 1 07 Mar 2016 6% Concept design assignment
Assignment 2 02 May 2016 12% Perspex beam assignment
Semester 1 project work 20 May 2016 8% Robocup progress report 1
Assignment 3 30 May 2016 12% Bearing housing assignment
Mechatronics safety/reliability assignment 03 Jun 2016 5%
Robocup functionality assessment 05 Aug 2016 5%
Semester 2 project work 09 Sep 2016 8% Robocup progress report 2
Robocup oral presentation 21 Sep 2016 8%
Semester 2 material test 29 Sep 2016 15%
Robocup final competition 12 Oct 2016 8%
Robocup final report 21 Oct 2016 8%
Individual/team performance assessment 21 Oct 2016 5%

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,801.00

International fee $9,725.00

* 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.

For further information see Mechanical Engineering .

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  • ENMT301-16W (C) Whole Year 2016