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MTRX1702: Mechatronics 1 (2017 - Semester 2)

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Unit: MTRX1702: Mechatronics 1 (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Junior
Faculty/School: School of Aerospace, Mechanical & Mechatronic Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: A/Prof Rye, David
Session options: Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Site(s) for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Prohibitions: ELEC1101 OR ELEC2602 OR COSC1002 OR COSC1902.
Brief Handbook Description: This unit of study aims to provide a foundation for the study of systems and embedded programming for the degree in Mechatronic Engineering.

It is based around a systems engineering approach to requirements capture, software design, implementation, debugging and testing in the context of the C programming language. Problem definition and decomposition; the design process; designing for testing and defensive coding methods; modular code structure and abstract data types; best practice in programming. Programming in teams; documentation and version control.

The C language: Preprocessor, tokens, storage classes and types; arithmetic, relational and bit manipulation operators; constructs for control flow: if, switch, for, do and while; arrays; pointers and character strings; dynamic memory allocation; functions and parameter passing; derived storage classes: structures and unions; file I/O.
Assumed Knowledge: MTRX1701.
Lecturer/s: Dr Ward, James
Dr Balamurali, Mehala
Tutor/s: Aaron Clements, Daniel Tam, Jason Webb and Alvin Yap
Timetable: MTRX1702 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 2 13
2 Tutorial 4.00 1 12
3 Independent Study 5.00 13
T&L Activities: Tutorial: Laboratory-based tutorials.

Independent Study: Students are expected to undertake at least five hours of independent study per week outside of formally timetabled classes. Students are expected to commit to private study, which may include lab work, outside of the time tabled hours. It is expected that the appropriate reference books and web-based material will be read to supplement material presented during lectures.

Attributes listed here represent the key course goals (see Course Map tab) designated for this unit. The list below describes how these attributes are developed through practice in the unit. See Learning Outcomes and Assessment tabs for details of how these attributes are assessed.

Attribute Development Method Attribute Developed
Problem definition and analysis, systematic design, implementation and fault-finding in software. Design (Level 2)
Theoretical foundations of software engineering. Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 2)

For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table.

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

Design (Level 2)
1. Ability to analyse, design, implement, debug and test programs.
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 2)
2. Ability to design and implement complete and correct programs in the C language.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Assignment 1 No 15.00 Week 7 1, 2,
2 Assignment 2 No 15.00 Week 10 1, 2,
3 Assignment 3 No 20.00 Week 13 1, 2,
4 Programming ``Quizzes`` No 10.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2,
5 Final Examination No 40.00 Exam Period 1, 2,
Assessment Description: Assignment Extensions and Deadlines No extension of the published due dates and times will be given outside the formal Special Consideration process unless exceptional circumstances apply. In such cases, application for an extension must be submitted in writing (e.g. by email to the Unit Coordinator), citing those circumstances. A decision will be given in writing (email).

Late Submission of Assignments Late submissions will be penalized 20% of the full mark for every day or part thereof that the assignment is late.

Must Pass Examination To pass this unit of study it is necessary to obtain a mark of not less than 50% in the Final Examination. If you do not achieve a mark of at least 50% in the Final Examination the maximum mark you can get for the unit of study is 45%.
Assessment Feedback: Students can expect feedback for this Unit of Study through discussion during lectures and computer laboratory sessions, through participation in the forums on the Ed online platform and through written responses to questions posed via email. Students can provide feedback to the Lecturer and Tutors by discussion during lectures or tutorial/ laboratory sessions, and by submitting comments and questions by email.
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Policies & Procedures: See the policies page of the faculty website at for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Recommended Reference/s: Note: References are provided for guidance purposes only. Students are advised to consult these books in the university library. Purchase is not required.
Online Course Content: via Ed ( and Blackboard
Note on Resources: Library classifications: 005.133, 621.3819, 621.39

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar

Week Description
Week 1 Introduction
About programmers
Week 2 Data types
Arithmetic operations
Week 3 Decision making
Simple Makefiles and debugging
Week 4 Functions
Coding style
Week 5 Function design and implementation
Compiler and linker
Week 6 More on Makefiles
Scope and extent
Week 7 Module design and implementation
Pointers and pointer arithmetic
Assessment Due: Assignment 1
Week 8 Version control
Arrays and strings
Week 9 Unit testing
Bitwise operations
Week 10 Dynamic memory
Integration testing
Assessment Due: Assignment 2
Week 11 Input and output; file I/O
Week 12 The limits of C
The C preprocessor
Week 13 User defined types
Review and discussion
Assessment Due: Assignment 3
Exam Period Assessment Due: Final Examination

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Biomedical - Mechatronics Major 2013, 2014, 2015
Mechatronic Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018
Mechatronic 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Mechatronic / Arts 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Mechatronic / Commerce 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Mechatronic / Medical Science 2015, 2016, 2017
Mechatronic / Music Studies 2016, 2017
Mechatronic / Project Management 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Mechatronic / Science 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Mechatronic/Science (Health) 2018
Mechatronic / Law 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Mechatronic (Space) 2015
Mechatronic (Space) / Arts 2015
Mechatronic (Space) / Commerce 2015
Mechatronic (Space) / Medical Science 2015
Mechatronic (Space) / Project Management 2015
Mechatronic (Space) / Science 2015
Mechatronic (Space) / Law 2015
Mechatronic (till 2014) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechatronic Engineering / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechatronic Engineering / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechatronic Engineering / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechatronic Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechatronic Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechatronic (Space) (till 2014) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechatronic Engineering (Space) / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechatronic Engineering (Space) / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechatronic Engineering (Space) / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechatronic Engineering (Space) / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechatronic Engineering (Space) / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechatronic Engineering (Space) / Law 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechatronic/Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018
Biomedical Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018
Biomedical 2016, 2017, 2018
Flexible First Year (Stream B) / Science 2012

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Design (Level 2) Yes 50%
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 2) Yes 50%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.