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.

 

YEAR ONE: 60 ECTS
SEMESTER  1:30 ECTS

 

NoTypeSubject
1OIntroduction to Physics
2OIntroduction to Chemistry and Environment
3OMathematics 1
4OIntroduction to Mechanics
5OComputer Science 1
6OEnglish
 

SEMESTER  2 :  30 ECTS

 

7OFundamentals of Electronic and Electrical Engineering
8OFundamentals of Mechanical Engineering
9OMathematics 2
10OMaterial Science and Engeneering
11OComputer Science 2
12OEconomics and Engineering Management
 

YEAR TWO: 60 ECTS

 

 

Semester 3

 

NoTypeSubject
13OIntroduction to Mechatronics
14ODigital Circuits and Signals
15OFluid and Thermodynamics
16OSoftware Systems Engenering
17OInformation Technology
18OLaw, Ethics and Engeneering
 

SEMESTER 4

 

NoTypeSubject
19OManufacturing and Automation
20OMechatronic Systems 1 (Analysis and Design)
21OModelling and Simulation
22OControl Engeering
23OEmbedded Systems
24OCAD Computer Aided-Design/CAM
 

YEAR 3 THREE

 

SEMESTER 5

 

25OIndustrial and Organisational Psychology
26OIndustrial Engineering
27OInstrumentation and Measurement
28OMechatronic Systems 2 (Implementation)
29ORobotics and Automation
30OEntrepreneurship and Innovation
 

SEMESTER 6

 

31OProject Management
32OScientific and Technical research
33OConcentrations
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
34OThesis and Applied Mechatronic Project