ENMT211-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021

Principles of Mechatronics

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 27 June 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 7 March 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 14 May 2021


Introduction to Mechatronics Engineering as a discipline. Fundamentals of sensors, actuators, instrumentation, and control systems and communications systems, and how they can be integrated to form a Mechatronics system.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, the student will be able to

Be able to explain what constitutes the discipline of Mechatronics Engineering and how it relates to allied Engineering disciplines and society.

Describe basic principles of sensors, actuators, control systems, and communications systems, and how they can be integrated to form a Mechatronics system.

Analyse basic mechanical motion transmission systems.

Design and implement Programmable Logic Control software on a mechatronic system.

Conduct simple electronic circuit analysis and design.

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Employable, innovative and enterprising

Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

Biculturally competent and confident

Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

Globally aware

Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


Subject to the approval of the Dean of Engineering



Course Coordinator

Tim Giffney


Richard Clare


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Lab Reports 15% 5 x Lab Reports
Test 29 Mar 2021 20%
Elevator Project 28 May 2021 25%
Final Exam 40%

In the case of an emergency that affects the whole course, the Course Coordinator, in consultation with the Dean, may change the nature, weighting and timing of assessments, e.g. tests and examination may be replaced with assignments of the same weight or different weight at a different time and/or date (which, under certain circumstances, may be outside the prescribed course dates).  The ‘Special consideration’ process will also be  used for unforeseen circumstances that adversely affect the academic performance of students individually. The usual grounds for this are described in the UC policy ‘Special Consideration Procedures and Guidelines’, and personal circumstances due to a wider emergency event may also qualify.

Textbooks / Resources

Supplementary notes and references recommended by lecturers.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $986.00

International fee $5,500.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Mechanical Engineering .

All ENMT211 Occurrences

  • ENMT211-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021