The evolution of mechanical engineering curricula: mechatronics

Jones, Richard W., Mace, Brian R. and Tham, Ming T. (2002) The evolution of mechanical engineering curricula: mechatronics. In, ICEE 2002 Conference, Manchester, UK, 18 - 21 Aug 2002. UK, ICEE 2002 Conference6pp, 1-6.


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This paper discusses one area in the ongoing evolution of Mechanical Engineering curricula, Mechatronics. Mechatronic devices are widespread – CD players, cars, autowashers, robots, disc drives, photocopiers etc. – mechanical devices which involve a microprocessor, electronics and control. The evolution of the classical Mechanical Engineering degree into a separate degree in Mechatronics is fully in keeping with the desire for a hightech, knowledge-based economy. The philosophy and the rise of Mechatronics-related teaching is briefly reviewed and the possible diversity of courses indicated. Two case studies are presented. The first describes the experiences of two of the authors in developing a Mechatronics undergraduate degree programme when they were at the University of Auckland, the motivation behind the decision and the structure of the course. The second case study is a proposal for a multi-media based course in mechatronics which could be utilised for a European-wide degree.

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Keywords: mechatronics, complex decision making, synthesis of engineering systems, education
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2361 Curriculum
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > Institute of Sound and Vibration Research > Dynamics
ePrint ID: 10041
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Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2005
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 11:13

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