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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 At ICEE 2002 Conference. 18 - 21 Aug 2002. 6 pp, pp. 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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Published date: 2002
Venue - Dates: ICEE 2002 Conference, 2002-08-18 - 2002-08-21
Keywords: mechatronics, complex decision making, synthesis of engineering systems, education


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PURE UUID: 11fbf972-17f1-41b8-8fec-48c9d2b5ea8e

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Date deposited: 18 Feb 2005
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 17:08

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Author: Richard W. Jones
Author: Brian R. Mace
Author: Ming T. Tham

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