Electronics and Mechatronics (T)

students at Gungahlin College

Course information

Due to course changes, students enrolling for 2020 and beyond should refer to the Technology and Design course page and view Robotics and Mechatronics.

Mechatronics studies systems that result from the interconnection of sensors, computers, and force actuators with components like robots, vehicles, aircraft, structures and circuits. Students completing this course will apply scientific principles, mathematical and technological skill to real world applications like: engineering, nano-technology, aviation and photonics.

Post-school pathways

Potential careers for students studying Science and Mechatronics include the following areas:

  • Medicine and bio-medical
  • Energy (renewable)
  • Aerospace
  • Defence
  • Maritime
  • Robotics
  • Consultancy
  • Smart Materials
  • Automotive
  • Manufacturing

Workload expectation

Four hours outside of class per week to complete homework and assignments.

Course pattern

Available as a Minor or Major course.

Suggested Minor course

Semester

Unit

1

Safety, Circuits and Solenoids

2

Digital and Analog Interaction

Suggested Major course

Semester

Unit

1

Safety, Circuits and Solenoids

2

Digital and Analog Interaction

3

AC and Advanced Applications

4

Negotiated study (major project)

Unit descriptions

Safety, circuits and Solenoids

Students develop multi-disciplinary skills and a systems view to engineering products. The unit covers electrical hazards and safety measures, measure electrical and mechanical quantities and learn assembly tools and techniques.

Digital and Analog Interaction

Students learn the fundamentals of microcontrollers and their interactions with physical systems including I/O devices, programming and communications.

AC & Advanced Applications

Students study electromagnetism in its application to a range of devices including audio and wireless communications, and the generation and distribution of alternating current.

Negotiated study (major project)

Students develop a proposal for a project that will investigate a specific problem of need. Students will be required to investigate this area, model and design solutions, as well as manufacture, create and build a final prototype.