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

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.

  1. understand and acquire the basic knowledge of the interrelationship btween the various elements of a Mechatronics device;
  2. understand the ability to undertake problem identification and perform self-directed study involving the gathering and application of information from books, the internet, data sheets, and experts in the field and perform tests on components, materials, etc. where the required information cannot be gathered by other means;
  3. assess the possible tradeoffs in the design for different elements of a Mechatronics device and develop, design and analyze a practical Mechatronics system for appropriate solution;
  4. formulate systematic approach and identify the alternate design and methods for testing and debugging of a Mechatronics system;
  5. develop the communication skill through workshop on technical presentation and apply the knowledge on oral presentation tasks;
  6. make the effective use of project planning and inplementation for an individual project and in multi-disciplinary field of engineering;
  7. understand and acquire knowledge on the report writing skill and produce well-structured and documented report;
  8. demonstrate the techniques and prove the system implementations with well-defined results

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

Item Deliverable Weighting
  Semester 1  
1 Feasibility Report 5%
2 Progress Report 5%
3 Progress Presentation/Seminar 10%
4 Consultation with Supervisor 5%
  Semester 2  
5 Final Report 40%
6 Research Paper 15%
7 Logbook 5%
8 Presentation & Demonstration 15%


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