Jones, Richard W., Mace, Brian R. and Tham, Ming T.
The evolution of mechanical engineering curricula: mechatronics
At ICEE 2002 Conference.
18 - 21 Aug 2002.
6 pp, .
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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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