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ENEX13003 - Design of Mechatronics Elements

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will introduce you to the fundamentals of mechatronics element design. You will learn the design principles and rules of fundamental mechanical elements, fundamental electromechanical elements, simple power transmission elements, and complex mechatronics systems. You will also learn solid modelling and selection of electromechanical sensors and actuators. In this unit, you must complete compulsory practical activities. Refer to the Engineering Undergraduate Course Moodle site for proposed dates.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites
Prerequisites: ENEG11005 Fundamentals of Professional Engineering and ENEM12010 Engineering Dynamics

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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2021

Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Mackay
Mixed Mode
Term 2 - 2022 Profile
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).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 20%
2. Electronic Focused Interactive Learning (eFIL) 30%
3. Take Home Exam 50%

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 18.18% response rate.

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.

Source: Have your say feedback
Feedback
Labs and relevant explanation were appreciated by students.
Recommendation
Efforts will be made to make labs more interesting and engaging.
Action Taken
All laboratory activities were cancelled due to COVID-19.
Source: Have your say feedback
Feedback
Text book was useful in understanding concepts.
Recommendation
This textbook is used throughout the world as a standard text. Same text will be used for future offerings.
Action Taken
The prescribed textbook remains the same.
Source: Have your say feedback
Feedback
Some students found exam a bit difficult.
Recommendation
Exam covers key concepts from the unit and is based on the content discussed in lectures and tutes. More questions will be practiced in tutes to prepare students for the exam.
Action Taken
The invigilated exam was converted to a take-home exam. Students were provided with sample questions for better preparation.
Source: Self reflection
Feedback
Students need to be made aware of the available learning resources.
Recommendation
Information on types and location of learning resources available to the students will be communicated throughout the term.
Action Taken
Students were notified of new and additional learning resources when they became available through emails and Moodle announcements.
Source: Students' teaching comments
Feedback
Students appreciated the bi-weekly follow-up sessions so that they could clarify questions as progressing.
Recommendation
The Unit Coordinator will make an effort to keep the level of interactions high.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Unit and Teaching Evaluation
Feedback
Students felt lacking in interactions with lectures and tutorials delivered in recordings.
Recommendation
The lectures and tutorials will be delivered live in Term 2, 2021 to enhance students' engagement and interactions.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Unit and Teaching Evaluation
Feedback
Students found assessment feedback was helpful and provided in a timely manner so that they were able to consolidate their understanding.
Recommendation
The Unit Coordinator will strive to provide the best possible feedback on students' assessment items for a better student learning experience.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Self reflection
Feedback
Students could easily get lost for some of the design processes due to their tediousness.
Recommendation
The Unit Coordinator will make an effort to develop more intuitive ways for students to learn the design process of machine elements.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Explain design principles and rules of fundamental mechatronics elements
  2. Apply stress analysis and fatigue analysis theories, and failure modes to design simple mechatronics elements
  3. Analyse the design requirements and select most suitable components from manufacturers’ catalogues
  4. Analyse static and dynamic loading conditions of mechatronics elements using industry standard software
  5. Design simple electromechanical power transmission units and model them using industry standard solid modelling software
  6. Solve real-life problems and communicate professionally using mechatronics engineering terminology, symbols, and diagrams that conform to Australian and international standards
  7. Work individually, and collaboratively in teams, communicate professionally in presenting your solutions.

The Learning Outcomes for this unit are linked with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standards for Professional Engineers in the areas of 1. Knowledge and Skill Base, 2. Engineering Application Ability and 3. Professional and Personal Attributes at the following levels:

Intermediate
2.2 Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources. (LO: 4I 5I )

Advanced
1.1 Comprehensive, theory-based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline. (LO: 1A )
1.2 Conceptual understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline. (LO: 1A 2A 4A )
1.3 In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline. (LO: 1A 2I 3A 4A 5A )
1.4 Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline. (LO: 1A 3I 5A 6A )
1.5 Knowledge of engineering design practice and contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline. (LO: 1A 2A 3I 4A 5I 6A )
1.6 Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of sustainable engineering practice in the specific discipline. (LO: 1I 2I 3I 4A 5I 6A )
2.1 Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving. (LO: 2A 3A 4A 5A 6A )
2.3 Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes. (LO: 1I 2I 3I 4I 5I 6A )
2.4 Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects. (LO: 3I 5I 6A )
3.2 Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains. (LO: 5A 6A 7A )
3.3 Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour. (LO: 5I 6A )
3.4 Professional use and management of information. (LO: 5A 6A 7A )
3.5 Orderly management of self, and professional conduct. (LO: 7A )
3.6 Effective team membership and team leadership. (LO: 7A )

Note: LO refers to the Learning Outcome number(s) which link to the competency and the levels: N – Introductory, I – Intermediate and A - Advanced.

Refer to the Engineering Undergraduate Course Moodle site for further information on the Engineers Australia's Stage 1 Competency Standard for Professional Engineers and course level mapping information
https://moodle.cqu.edu.au/course/view.php?id=1511

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Electronic Focused Interactive Learning (eFIL)
3 - Take Home Exam
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
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
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Electronic Focused Interactive Learning (eFIL)
3 - Take Home Exam