Curriculum Structure

BSc Mechatronics and Management – Curriculum Structure


Professional competence theory provided the conceptual underpinning for the development of the curriculum content.The key dimension of the model and curriculum content center on providing  balanced combination of technical competence, administrative competence, ethical competence, productive competence and personal competence. In terms of technical competence, the fundamental courses provide essential knowledge of mechatronics through related disciplines. The main focus was on natural science so that a solid foundation was laid for basic technical knowledge related to mechatronic technologies.


The curriculum includes subjects in Physics, Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering, Material Science and Engeneering, Computer Science, Information Technology and Electrical and Electronic Engineering. In order to refinforce graduates administrative competence the curriculum includes subjects on Business Economics, Industrial Engeneering and Management, Industrial and Organisational Psychology, Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Project Management. The main goal of the above design was to develop a curricula which would enable a mechatronics graduate to be conversant with business and management issues and appreciate these in the context of the implementation of the mechatronics systems.


Furthermore,  ethics, law and engineering was included as a mandatory subject for the curriculum. Very few engineering and technology programmes incorporate ethics as a major subject (IEEE, 2013) and this is a new approach to ground the graduate and practitioner with a rules, procedures, code of conduct and ethics of the society. The institution has paid particular attention to stimulate future projects and ideas while grounded in business and engineering ethics. Two courses on English and Scientific and Technical Research are intended to enhance students’ personal competence. They should reinforce graduate attributes for both verbal and written communication and be able to research and present information effectively.


The thesis work is goes hand in hand with students’ applied project on mechatronics and should serve to enhance students’ skills for internship and production of industry-relevant research. Graduates are provided the opportunity to specialize into areas and processes of mechatronics through mandatory electives in the final semester. Finally, team work and group dynamics are introduced to students’ as part of subject assignments and discussed in greater detail as part of the Industrial and Organisational Psychology.


The final semester offers students the opportunity to take three mandatory elective courses in one of their preferred specialisation streams.




No Type Subject
1 O Introduction to Physics
2 O Introduction to Chemistry and Environment
3 O Mathematics 1
4 O Introduction to Mechanics
5 O Computer Science 1
6 O English



7 O Fundamentals of Electronic and Electrical Engineering
8 O Fundamentals of Mechanical Engineering
9 O Mathematics 2
10 O Material Science and Engeneering
11 O Computer Science 2
12 O Economics and Engineering Management




Semester 3


No Type Subject
13 O Introduction to Mechatronics
14 O Digital Circuits and Signals
15 O Fluid and Thermodynamics
16 O Software Systems Engenering
17 O Information Technology
18 O Law, Ethics and Engeneering



No Type Subject
19 O Manufacturing and Automation
20 O Mechatronic Systems 1 (Analysis and Design)
21 O Modelling and Simulation
22 O Control Engeering
23 O Embedded Systems
24 O CAD Computer Aided-Design/CAM





25 O Industrial and Organisational Psychology
26 O Industrial Engineering
27 O Instrumentation and Measurement
28 O Mechatronic Systems 2 (Implementation)
29 O Robotics and Automation
30 O Entrepreneurship and Innovation



31 O Project Management
32 O Scientific and Technical research
33 O Concentrations
E –    Mechatronics Management
E –    Industrial Automation and process Control
E –    Industrial Product Design
E –    Intelligent Systems and robotics
E –    Biomedical Engineering
E –    Electrical Engineering
E –    Telecommunications Engineering
E –    Mechanical Engineering
E –    Aeronautical Engineering
34 O Thesis and Applied Mechatronic Project