ENMT301-23W (C) Whole Year 2023

Mechatronics System Design

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 12 November 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 19 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 27 August 2023


Developing skills in the mechatronic design process. Design and selection of components common to mechatronic systems using engineering science taught in other courses. Application of modern tools and processes to mechatronic design. Developing engineering communication skills in the context of design.

This whole-year course aims to provide students with knowledge, skills, and exposure to the integrated design process of mechatronics systems. Students use innovative and creative skills to design systems that exhibit ‘synergistic integration’ of mechanical, electrical, and computational elements.

Key aspects of this course are:
* Methods for breaking down a design brief and formulating requirements on which to base and evaluate a design.
* Division of a system into sub-systems for integrated, iterative design.
* Introduction of some of the main mechatronic engineering components and how to select them and use them in design.
* Methods for modelling systems in design (block diagrams, finite state machines, static models)
* Use of modern tools for mechatronic design
* Design communication

An important part of this course is the year-long team design project, which involves designing and implementing a complex mechatronic system (an autonomous, mobile robot), and competing against class members in the UC Robocup competition. This project brings together the material taught in this and other courses and provides students with practical experience in mechatronic design.

Semester one mainly covers
* Mechanical component design
* Mechatronic system design fundamentals
* System design tools
                 * Modelling
                 * Reliability and hazard analysis
                 * Version control (Git)
* Design communication

Semester two mainly covers
* Mechatronic components: sensors
* Modern mechatronic tools
                 * Signal processing
                 * Filtering

Learning Outcomes

1. Apply mechatronics design principles to a multidisciplinary engineering project.
2. Apply modern mechatronic engineering design and analysis tools/methods
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.

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.


ENMT201, or
ENMT211 and ENMT221

Course Coordinator

Chris Pretty


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Robocup: Oral Presentation 3% S2
Robocup: Competition 8%
Mech design: Structure Test 6% 1st to 5th May 2023
Signals and Sensors Test 20%
Mech Design: Bearing Housing 29 May 2022 12%
Robocup: Report 1 09 Jun 2022 12% S2
Mech design: Structure Design 30 Mar 2023 6%
FTA Assignment 06 May 2023 3%
IMU Assignment 27 May 2023 6%
Robocup: Report 2 15 Sep 2023 12% S2
Robocup: Report 3 25 Oct 2023 12% S2

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $2,060.00

International fee $11,500.00

* 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 .

All ENMT301 Occurrences

  • ENMT301-23W (C) Whole Year 2023