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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Engineering

Managing facultyEngineering
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

Telephone +61 3 9905 3404, email eng.info@eng.monash.edu.au or visit http://www.eng.monash.edu.au

Course coordinator

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

Notes

  • 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

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.

Objectives

This program provides an opportunity to combine studies in several areas of science with mechatronics engineering.

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/2011handbooks/undergrad/eng-03.html

Structure

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

  • astrophysics
  • mathematics
  • physics
  • computer science

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. Enrolment in these units is with permission from the head of the School of Mathematics.

There are two streams in the mechatronics engineering component of the degree which allows students to undertake either a generic sequence or a computer science sequence. 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 disciplines 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/2011handbooks/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 lstages in science and engineering.

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

Requirements

IMPORTANT NOTE: This is a new course structure for students entering the program from 2011 onwards. Students who entered the program prior to 2011 should refer to the Handbook for the year in which they commenced the course. Archived Handbooks are available at http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/archive.html. Please contact your course adviser if unsure of course progression.

Students must complete units as listed for each sequence below. The engineering component requires not less than 144 points that must be obtained in units prescribed by this course list, and the science component requires at least 108 points.

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. Enrolment in these units is with permission from the head of the School of Mathematics.

Students in this double-degree must complete either two major sequences in different science disciplines or a double major and a minor sequence in a different science discipline.

Stage one

All students complete:

Select one pair of mathematics units from:

In addition students 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 and CHM1022 Chemistry
  • ESC1011 Planet earth and its environment: The cosmic connection and ESC1022 Planet earth: Dynamic systems, environmental change and resources
  • FIT1002 Computer programming and FIT1029 Algorithmic problem solving
  • STA1010 Statistical methods for science and MTH1112 Numbers, logic and graphs

Computer science sequence

Total: 48 points

Stage two

All students complete:

In addition students complete units in one of the following sequences 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 complete:

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

Generic sequence

  • ECE2071 Computer organisation and programming (or mechatronics elective if FIT1002/1008 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.
  • FIT2004 Algorithms and data structures
  • FIT3139 Computational science
  • FIT3143 Parallel computing
  • FIT3036 Computer science project or an approved computer science level three elective.

Total: 54 points

Stage four

All students complete:

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

Generic sequence

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

Computer science sequence

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

Total: 48 points

Stage five

All sequences

  • ECE3051 Electrical energy systems
  • TRC3200 Dynamical systems
  • TRC3600 Modelling and control
  • TRC3801 Mechatronics and manufacturing
  • TRC4000 Mechatronics final year project I
  • TRC4002 Professional practice
  • 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
  • ECE4078 Intelligent robotics
  • 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 program 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 who wish to graduate with a Bachelor of Science, or undertake honours in science, prior to the completion of the double degree course must have completed at least 144 points of studies including all of the science requirements for that double degree course.

Students may exit from the double-degree program and graduate with the single engineering component providing all requirements for the single engineering degree have been met.

Award(s)

Bachelor of Science

Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering

Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering (with Honours)

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.