EEEN427 (2023) - Special Topic: Advanced Mechatronic Design


The course will cover a number of topics in design, simulation, construction and testing of advanced mechatronic systems, addressing both theoretical and practical design aspects.

Course learning objectives

Students who pass this course should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the integration of inter-dependant electronic and mechanical components in the design of a mechatronic system. (BE Graduate Attributes 3(a), 3(b), 3(c), 3(d), 3(e), 3(f).
  2. Interact with a client to fully specify a complex robotic engineering design. (BE Graduate Attributes 2(a), 2(b))
  3. Understand the principles of thermal management in electronic components and systems and be able to select appropriate solutions for thermal management. (BE Graduate Attributes 3(a), 3(b))
  4. Understand the role and application of finite element analysis (FEA) in modelling the response of mechanical, thermal or fluid systems and demonstrate the ability to apply this technique to an appropriate design problem. (BE Graduate Attributes 3(a), 3(f))
  5. Be able to design, construct and test an integrated electronic-mechanical design to meet a set of design specifications. (BE Graduate Attributes 3(a), 2(b))
  6. Be able to effectively communicate their design process and results. (BE Graduate Attribute 2(b))

Course content

This course is designed for in-person study, and students are strongly recommended to attend lectures, tutorials and labs on campus. In particular, some assessment items or practical hands-on labs will require in-person attendance, although exceptions can be made under special circumstances.
Queries about any such exceptions can be sent to
For 2023, the course will be about developing practical skills in design and construction of electronics and mechatronics

Required Academic Background

P EEEN 325 or EEEN 301

Withdrawal from Course

Withdrawal dates and process:


Dr Gideon Gouws (Coordinator)

Daniel Burmester

Teaching Format

The course will consists of lectures as well as lecture-integrated laboratory work.

Student feedback

No feedback from previous years exist for this course.

Dates (trimester, teaching & break dates)

  • Teaching: 27 February 2023 - 02 June 2023
  • Break: 10 April 2023 - 23 April 2023
  • Study period: 05 June 2023 - 08 June 2023
  • Exam period: 09 June 2023 - 24 June 2023

Class Times and Room Numbers

27 February 2023 - 02 April 2023

  • Friday 13:10 - 14:00 – 402, Murphy, Kelburn
27 February 2023 - 09 April 2023

  • Monday 13:10 - 14:00 – 402, Murphy, Kelburn
  • Wednesday 13:10 - 14:00 – 402, Murphy, Kelburn
24 April 2023 - 04 June 2023

  • Monday 13:10 - 14:00 – 402, Murphy, Kelburn
  • Wednesday 13:10 - 14:00 – 402, Murphy, Kelburn
  • Friday 13:10 - 14:00 – 402, Murphy, Kelburn

Other Classes

The course also contains a significant laboratory component, this will consists of both a formal laboratory as well as independant laboratory work.


The course does not use a set text

Mandatory Course Requirements

There are no mandatory course requirements for this course.

If you believe that exceptional circumstances may prevent you from meeting the mandatory course requirements, contact the Course Coordinator for advice as soon as possible.


The assessment will be based around two large design projects. Although these projects will be performed in small groups, students will be individually assessed based on their project contribution and project reports. The assessment will further contain two individual assignments.

Assessment ItemDue Date or Test DateCLO(s)Percentage
Presentation of feasibility study and contract specification for a mechatronic designWeeks 5 & 6CLO: 1,2,615%
Presentation of mechatronic designWeeks 8/9CLO: 1,2,625%
Assignment on Thermal ManagementWeek 7CLO: 310%
Demonstration of working mechatronic designWeek 12CLO: 1,2,515%
Presentation of report on design, build and testing of mechatronic systemDuring assessment periodCLO: 1,2,5,625%
Assignment on FEA modelling and analysisWeek 10CLO: 3,410%


A penalty of 5% per day will be applied to late work.


Any request for extensions must be requested by email before the assessment is due. however extensions will only be granted if there are significant mitigating circumstances

Submission & Return

More information will be provived later regarding the submission to be used for each piece of assessment.
Staff will endeavour to return submitted work with feedback within two weeks of submission.


The student workload for this course is 150 hours

Teaching Plan

The course will cover theoretical and practical aspects of the design of an adavanced mechatronic system. In addition it will also focus on the use of finite element analysis for modelling various physical systems and on thermal management in electronic systems.

Communication of Additional Information

Additional information will be posted via Nuku

Offering CRN: 34034

Points: 15
Prerequisites: EEEN 325 or EEEN 301
Duration: 27 February 2023 - 25 June 2023
Starts: Trimester 1
Campus: Kelburn