CQUniversity Unit Profile
ENEX14001 Mechatronics Systems Design
Mechatronics Systems Design
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General Information

Overview

This unit will introduce you to supervisory control and data acquisition(SCADA) system design and development using industry standard SCADA software. You will also learn how to analyse system requirements for a given mechatronics system task, evaluate and select mechatronics modules and components from a pool of mechatronics modules and components. You will design custom components and fabricate them, develop concept designs and select the best option, design and develop a mechatronics solution for a given complex task. You will also program the developed mechatronics system using industry standard programmable logic controller (PLC) and SCADA software, and commission the system. Students enrolled in distance mode are required to attend a compulsory Residential School.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 4
Credit Points: 12
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.25

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisites: ENEX13001 Instrumentation and Industrial Automation AND ENEX13003 Design of Mechatronics Elements

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 1 - 2021

Mackay
Mixed Mode

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Residential Schools

This unit has a Compulsory Residential School for distance mode students and the details are:
Click here to see your Residential School Timetable.

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 12-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 25 hours of study per week, making a total of 300 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Written Assessment
Weighting: 25%
2. Practical Assessment
Weighting: 25%
3. Portfolio
Weighting: 50%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Have Your Say

Feedback

The assessments were practical and provided insight into different methods of programming.

Recommendation

The assessments will continue to focus on practical content.

Feedback from Have Your Say

Feedback

Weekly after-hours workshop sessions were very helpful to resolve problems students had.

Recommendation

Continue to run after-hours workshop sessions.

Feedback from Have Your Say

Feedback

The new changes to Moodle made it hard to find the assessment items.

Recommendation

Assessment items were moved to a separate section and it may be different from some other Moodle sites. However, from 2021 all units will have the same appearance with a separate tile for assessment items.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Analyse the design requirements, apply sustainability principles, and propose multiple solutions to the problem, and recommend the best solution by negotiating with stake holders
  2. Evaluate different options available to solve a given problem, choose the optimum solution subjected to the existing constraints, and develop a concept design
  3. Design and fabricate custom components for a new mechatronics system, and assemble the designed mechatronic system
  4. Program industry standard PLC systems and SCADA systems to operate the designed mechatronic system
  5. Solve real life problems and communicate professionally using mechatronics engineering terminology, symbols and diagrams that conform to Australian and international standards
  6. Work individually and collaboratively in teams, communicate professionally in presenting your solutions

Learning outcomes are linked to Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies and also discipline capabilities. You can find the mapping for this on the Engineering Undergraduate Course website.

Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Written Assessment - 25%
2 - Practical Assessment - 25%
3 - Portfolio - 50%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment - 25%
2 - Practical Assessment - 25%
3 - Portfolio - 50%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • A computer with speaker & microphone, Microsoft Windows OS(7 or later) with admin rights to install software, and good internet connectivity
  • Access to a document scanner and a software that can create pdf documents
  • LabView 2019 or latest (provided by CQU)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: Harvard (author-date)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Preethi Preethichandra Unit Coordinator
d.preethichandra@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 08 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

  • Introduction to Mechatronics Systems Design
  • Introduction to LabView

Chapter

N/A

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 15 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

  • Kinematics of robotic systems

Chapter

N/A

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 22 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

  • 3-D Design and analysis of robotic systems

Chapter

N/A

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 29 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

  • LabVIEW - Virtual Instruments

Chapter

N/A

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 05 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

  • LabVIEW - MathScripts

Chapter

N/A

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assignment 1 - Mechatronics systems Design (Mechanical ) Due: Week 5 Friday (9 Apr 2021) 11:55 pm AEST
Vacation Week Begin Date: 12 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 19 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

  • LabVIEW - Editing and Debugging Virtual Instruments

Chapter

N/A

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 7 Begin Date: 26 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

  • LabVIEW - Programming Structures

Chapter

N/A

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 8 Begin Date: 03 May 2021

Module/Topic

  • LabVIEW - Sub VIs, Hardware Interfacing

Chapter

N/A

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 Begin Date: 10 May 2021

Module/Topic

  • LabVIEW - Arrays and Clusters

Chapter

N/A

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 10 Begin Date: 17 May 2021

Module/Topic

  • LabVIEW - Charts and Graphs

Chapter

N/A

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assignment 2 - Labview (Practical Assessment 25%) Due: Week 10 Friday (21 May 2021) 11:55 pm AEST
Week 11 Begin Date: 24 May 2021

Module/Topic

  • LabVIEW - Data Acquisition

Chapter

N/A

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 Begin Date: 31 May 2021

Module/Topic

  • Advanced Mechatronics Systems and Future Opportunities

Chapter

N/A

Events and Submissions/Topic

Portfolio Assessment Due: Week 12 Friday (4 Jun 2021) 11:55 pm AEST
Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 07 Jun 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 14 Jun 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Term Specific Information

The compulsory residential school for all students will be held in Mackay. Check the online timetable for details. 

Assessment Tasks

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Assignment 1 - Mechatronics systems Design (Mechanical )

Task Description

Students will design mechanical components for a given mechatronics system. The designed mechanical hardware will be analyzed for steresses using CAD simulation tools. Each student will do an individual design and will submit the drawings and data files suitable for 3d-printing of individual element.

Specific design requirements will be available on Moodle.


Assessment Due Date

Week 5 Friday (9 Apr 2021) 11:55 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 6 Friday (23 Apr 2021)

Marked assignment with feedback. However, there will be no model answers provided as this is a design.


Weighting
25%

Assessment Criteria

To obtain full marks students must address the design problem systematically and develop their individual design as per the relevant design standards and rules. All design assumptions must be clearly mentioned and justified. Need to explain the design process by providing a soft copy of student work book as an evidence of chronological development of the design solution. Submitting a design file without evidence for development process will receive only up to a maximum of 70% of the allocated marks for this assignment.

All drawings and writing must be clear and legible. Must provide the final design as a soft copy which will run on 3D-CAD without any modifications (all needed sub components must be included in the submission with proper directory structure).


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
As a single zipped folder containing everything.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Analyse the design requirements, apply sustainability principles, and propose multiple solutions to the problem, and recommend the best solution by negotiating with stake holders
  • Evaluate different options available to solve a given problem, choose the optimum solution subjected to the existing constraints, and develop a concept design
  • Design and fabricate custom components for a new mechatronics system, and assemble the designed mechatronic system
  • Solve real life problems and communicate professionally using mechatronics engineering terminology, symbols and diagrams that conform to Australian and international standards
  • Work individually and collaboratively in teams, communicate professionally in presenting your solutions


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Team Work
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice

2 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title
Assignment 2 - Labview (Practical Assessment 25%)

Task Description

Students will design virtual instruments for various tasks. Each student will do their own individual designs and will submit the LabVIEW VI file compatible files to run on LabView2018/2019.

Specific virtual instrument requirements will be available in the assignment on Moodle.


Assessment Due Date

Week 10 Friday (21 May 2021) 11:55 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 12 Friday (4 Jun 2021)

Marked assignment with feedback. However, there will be no model answers provided.


Weighting
25%

Minimum mark or grade
50%

Assessment Criteria

To obtain full marks students must address the design problem systematically and develop their individual design as per the relevant design standards and rules. Since this is an individual design and there are multiple options available in LabView for the same task, every design must be unique. All design assumptions must be clearly mentioned and justified. Need to explain the design process by providing a soft copy of student work book as an evidence of chronological development of the design solution. Submitting the final design file without evidence for development process will receive only up to a maximum of 70% of the allocated marks for this assignment.

All drawings and writing diagrams must be clear and legible. Must provide the final design as a soft copy which will run on LabVIEW without any modifications( all needed sub components must be included in the submission with proper directory structure).


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
As a single pdf file.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Program industry standard PLC systems and SCADA systems to operate the designed mechatronic system
  • Solve real life problems and communicate professionally using mechatronics engineering terminology, symbols and diagrams that conform to Australian and international standards
  • Work individually and collaboratively in teams, communicate professionally in presenting your solutions


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Team Work
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice

3 Portfolio

Assessment Title
Portfolio Assessment

Task Description

The main project is to develop a mobile robotic platform with obstacle avoidance and move along the prescribed path . It will be carried out in teams for assembly and testing. However each student must develop their own Labview program for the given requirements to control the assembled hardware. The entire group will work on testing each sensor and actuator on the system working individually as well as working together. once the mobile platform is prepared students will load their own program for the given task and tested by individual student. Your portfolio will have two parts where the first part is about the development of the mobile platform by the group and the second part is your individual program to control it.


Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Friday (4 Jun 2021) 11:55 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

The portfolio will not be returned until the unit grades are released as there is no final examination for this unit.


Weighting
50%

Minimum mark or grade
50%

Assessment Criteria

To obtain full marks studnets must;

  • Provide all required components of the portfolio ( a detailed document is available on Moodle)
  • Provide the Labview control program developed by the individual student
  • Provide a report discussing the control behaviour of the mechatronics system using their own LabView program
  • Provide a report on all laboratory experiments conducted with detailed discussion

All drawings and writing must be clear and legible.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
as a single pdf file.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Analyse the design requirements, apply sustainability principles, and propose multiple solutions to the problem, and recommend the best solution by negotiating with stake holders
  • Evaluate different options available to solve a given problem, choose the optimum solution subjected to the existing constraints, and develop a concept design
  • Design and fabricate custom components for a new mechatronics system, and assemble the designed mechatronic system
  • Program industry standard PLC systems and SCADA systems to operate the designed mechatronic system
  • Solve real life problems and communicate professionally using mechatronics engineering terminology, symbols and diagrams that conform to Australian and international standards
  • Work individually and collaboratively in teams, communicate professionally in presenting your solutions


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Team Work
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice

Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

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