Mechatronics Engineering

TRC4000 and TRC4001 – Mechatronics Engineering Project

Unit Synopsis

TRC4000 (Cohort 1): The aim of this capstone unit is to provide an opportunity for students to undertake a substantial individual or small group project. In order to complete the project, studies from earlier stages of the course will be integrated into a complete design/build/test task, a computer modelling or simulation task or a combination of both. It is envisaged that the project may involve design of mechanical components, sensing, actuation and computing elements, a simulated model or similar. Before work is started on the project a safety induction and/or risk assessment process will be completed. The student will also complete a research proposal or requirements analysis to ensure that the scope and expected outcomes of the project are agreed between student and supervisor. A progress report at the end of the semester will give a detailed account of progress and a research plan for the next semester.

TRC4001 (Cohort 2): The aim of this cohort is to provide an opportunity for students to undertake a substantial individual or small group project with strong mechatronics content. In order to complete the project studies from earlier stages of the course will be integrated into a complete design/build/test task. It is envisaged that the project will involve design of mechanical components, sensing, actuation and computing elements.

Learning outcomes (LO)

Students will gain the experience of designing, building and testing mechatronics hardware or simulated system. In doing this they will strengthen their ability to perform self-directed study. The interaction and tradeoffs between different elements of a mechatronics system will become clearer. Students will learn to plan their work and make effective use of their time. Overall the project will help to integrate knowledge gained in units completed earlier in the mechatronics course program.

The LOs in turn are mapped to the following program outcomes (POs):

Workload

Full semester project-based work: 100% including presentation, written report submitted towards the end of semester and other criteria as decided by the department offering the thesis project. The assessed mark will be combined with the mark for TRC4000 to arrive at an overall mark for the two units.

Unit Relationships

  • Prerequisites: The completion of 132 credit points including TRC3000
  • Completion of TRC4000 is required prior to the commencement of TRC4001
  • Prohibited combination: ECE4911, ECE4912, ECE5911, ECE5912, MEC4401, MEC4402

Study Resources

Workshop: There will be several workshops/seminars organized to help enhance your skills in the project. Attendance is compulsory for all events.

Library Access: The Monash University Library site contains details about borrowing rights and catalogue searching. To learn more about the library and the various resources available, please go to http://www.lib.monash.edu.my/ for more information.

Assessment tasks

ItemDeliverableWeighting
 Semester 1 
1Feasibility Report5%
2Progress Report5%
3Progress Presentation/Seminar10%
4Supervisor Observation5%
 Semester 2 
5Final Report40%
6Research Paper15%
7Logbook5%
8Final Presentation & Project Demonstration15%

Unit staff contact details

Dr. Alpha Agape Gopalai

School of Engineering Malaysia

Room: 5-5-37

Tel: (+603) 5514 4441

Email: alpha.agape@monash.edu