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3282

Undergraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2013 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2013 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Engineering

Managing facultyEngineering
Partner facultyScience
Abbreviated titleBMechatronicsEng/BSc
CRICOS code056077E
Total credit points required252
Standard duration of study (years)5 years FT, 10 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Admission, fee and application details http://www.monash.edu/study/coursefinder/course/3282
Contact details

Visit the Engineering contacts page

Science: email sci-enquiries@monash.edu.au

Course coordinator

Visit http://www.eng.monash.edu.au/current-students/course-information.html#1

Notes

  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • Students will normally expect to complete the course in five years. This is achieved by undertaking one additional unit (above the standard four units - 24 credit points) per semester twice in the later stages of the degree.

Description

NOTE: This course has had one or more changes made to it since publication on 1 October 2012. For details of changes, please consult the 2013 Handbook change register.

This program provides the opportunity to combine studies in astrophysics, computer science, mathematics or physics disciplines with mechatronics engineering. The mechatronics engineering studies are undertaken in either a generic sequence or a computer science sequence and restrictions have been imposed in terms of prescribed units to ensure that students pursue studies that suitably equip them for the subsequent stages in science and engineering.

Outcomes

Vacation work/industrial experience

In order to fulfil the requirements of the various degree regulations and Engineers Australia, all engineering students must complete 12 weeks of approved engineering work experience and submit a report on that work. Such work is normally undertaken in the vacations between second and third years and/or between third and fourth years (but may also be taken between first and second years). Students who have completed all academic requirements for their degrees are not eligible to graduate until this work experience has been completed and a satisfactory report submitted.

Professional recognition

For information about professional recognition of Faculty of Engineering courses visit http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2012handbooks/undergrad/eng-03.html

Structure

This course consists of:

(a.) 144 points of mechatronics engineering studies composed of core and elective units, and foundation units if required

(b.) 108 points of science studies composed of compulsory units and major and minor sequences.

Students must complete major and minor sequences in different areas of study towards the science component of this double degree. Students may pursue a science major sequence in:

  • astrophysics
  • computer science
  • mathematics
  • physics.

There are two streams in the mechatronics engineering component of the degree which allows students to undertake either a generic stream or a computer science stream. Students wishing to take the computer science stream will need to undertake computer science as a major science sequence.

In order to pursue a particular sequence, students must take the necessary science prerequisites in their first stage of study. For details of major and minor sequences in science refer to the 'Science areas of studies and sequences - Clayton' in the Faculty of Science section of this handbook at http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2013handbooks/undergrad/sci-aos-clayton.html.

Students should contact the appropriate science or engineering course adviser before enrolling in any stage of the double-degree program, to ensure that the program they wish to follow will satisfy prerequisites necessary for higher stages. In some special cases, students may choose to overload at stages two or three if they have not completed all of the prerequisites for their chosen science major sequences.

In this double-degree course, restrictions have been imposed in terms of prescribed units to ensure that students pursue studies that suitably equip them for the subsequent stages in science and engineering.

The award of an honours degree in engineering is based on academic achievement.

Requirements

The large majority of students entering the faculty have completed the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), and references in the following paragraphs are to the prerequisite VCE subjects. Some domestic and international students enter the faculty with equivalent qualifications, and advice about unit choice for students with qualifications other than the VCE may be obtained from the faculty administration offices. Foundation units are required for students who have not completed appropriate VCE studies.

The choice of either MTH1020 and MTH1030 or MTH1030 and MTH2010 at stage one is determined by the level of preparation from VCE studies, and students who have not completed year 12 physics should take PHS1080 rather than PHS1011.

Students with a strong mathematics background and a keen interest in the subject could replace the units MTH1030 and MTH2010 with their advanced versions MTH1035 and MTH2015 respectively. Students will need to seek Faculty of Science permission to enrol in these units.

Students in this double degree must complete either two major sequences in different science areas of study or a double major and a minor sequence in different science areas of study.

Stage one

All students must complete:

Select one pair of mathematics units from:

In addition students must complete units in one of the following sequences as outlined below.

Generic sequence

Select one pair of science units from:

  • ASP1010 Earth to cosmos - introductory astronomy and ASP1022 Life and the universe
  • BIO1011 Biology I and BIO1022 Biology II
  • CHM1011 Chemistry I or CHM1051 Chemistry I advanced, plus CHM1022 Chemistry II or CHM1052 Chemistry II advanced
  • ESC1011 Planet earth and its environment: The cosmic connection and ESC1022 Planet earth: Dynamic systems, environmental change and resources
  • FIT1029 Algorithmic problem solving and FIT1040 Programming fundamentals
  • STA1010 Statistical methods for science and MAT1830 Discrete mathematics for computer science

Computer science sequence

Total: 48 points

Stage two

All students must complete:

In addition students must complete units in their chosen sequence as outlined below.

Generic sequence

  • MTH2021 Linear algebra with applications
  • MTH2032 Differential equations with modelling and MTH2010 Multivariable calculus (if not taken at stage one)
  • PHS2011 Physics: Quantum concepts and technologies
  • PHS2022 Physics for communications and measurement

Computer science sequence

  • FIT1008 Introduction to computer science
  • FIT2014 Theory of computation
  • MTH2021 Linear algebra with applications
  • MTH2032 Differential equations with modelling and MTH2010 Multivariable calculus (if not taken at stage one)

Total: 54 points

Stage three

All students must complete:

In addition students must complete units in their chosen sequence as outlined below:

Generic sequence

  • ECE2071 Computer organisation and programming, or a mechatronics elective from the list below if FIT1029/FIT1040 taken)
  • 24 points of approved science units to complete a major sequence in science*

Computer science sequence

  • one 6-point mechatronics elective from the list below

**The following 24 points of computer science units to complete a major sequence in computer science:

plus one of:

  • FIT3036 Computer science project
  • FIT3042 System tools and programming languages
  • FIT3080 Intelligent systems
  • FIT3088 Computer graphics
  • FIT3140 Advanced programming
  • MTH3051 Introduction to computational mathematics

Total: 54 points

Stage four

All students must complete:

In addition students must complete units in their chosen sequence as outlined below.

Generic sequence

  • 24 points of approved science units to complete a second major or a double major sequence in science*

Computer science sequence

  • **24 points of approved science units to complete either a second major sequence in mathematics or a double major sequence in computer science

Total: 48 points

Stage five

All sequences

  • ECE3051 Electrical energy systems
  • TRC4002 Professional practice
  • TRC3200 Dynamical systems
  • TRC3600 Modelling and control
  • TRC3801 Mechatronics and manufacturing
  • TRC4000 Mechatronics final year project I
  • TRC4800 Robotics
  • one 6-point mechatronics elective from the list below

Elective units

All electives must be approved by the course director.

  • ECE2041 Telecommunications
  • ECE4053 Electrical energy - generation and supply
  • ECE4054 Electrical energy - power converters and motor control
  • ECE4063 Large scale digital design
  • ECE4074 Advanced computer architecture
  • ECE4075 Real time embedded systems
  • MEC4418 Control systems
  • MEC4425 Micro-nano solid and fluid mechanics
  • MEC4426 Computer-aided design
  • MEC4428 Advanced dynamics
  • MEC4444 Industrial noise control
  • MEC4446 Composite and structures
  • MTE2544 Functional Materials
  • MTE3545 Functional materials and devices
  • TRC4001 Mechatronics final year project II

Total: 48 points

* Any sequence in science may be taken, provided the appropriate sequence requirements and prerequisites are completed. In some cases, students may elect to seek approval for an overloaded course of up to 12 points at stage two or three to enable these requirements to be completed in addition to the required science units at stage two.

** Students considering entry to honours in computer science need to complete at least 24 points of level three computer science units, which may require an overloaded course to be approved if a double major in computer science is not completed at stage four.

Progression to further studies

Students may apply for admission to an honours level in science following the completion of an approved combination of at least 144 points of units including all of the science requirements for the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering.

Students who are considering doing honours in science prior to completing the double degree should consult with the Faculty of Science regarding their unit selection prior to re-enrolling for level three.

Alternative exit(s)

Students may exit from the double-degree program and graduate with only one of the single degrees providing all requirements for that degree have been met.

Award(s)

Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering
Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering (with Honours)
Bachelor of Science

Where more than one award is listed for one or both components of the double degree the actual award(s) conferred may depend on units/majors/streams/specialisations studied, the level of academic merit achieved, or other factors relevant to the individual student's program of study.