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Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Mechatronics (EB011EEE05)

Mechatronics is an interdisciplinary branch of engineering, which combines a fundamental background in mechanical engineering with light-current electrical engineering. Many universities and other institutions world-wide are now offering courses or degrees in Mechatronics, and it is increasingly recognised that this combination of mechanical and electrical engineering studies equips graduates with an excellent basis upon which to build valuable engineering roles in modern industry.

Apart from receiving a thorough grounding in both electrical and mechanical engineering, the Mechatronics student at UCT will gain a foundation of understanding in physical science, advanced engineering mathematics, electro-mechanical control theory, microcomputer technology, systemic engineering design and some principles of engineering management. In addition, the Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Mechatronics) programme (code: EB011EEE05) offers final-year optional courses in related fields, such as bio-medical engineering, power electronics and machines and industrial management.

The Mechatronics engineer in industry may require expertise across a broad range of engineering disciplines, and will be especially well-suited to a career in light manufacturing or process control. Mechatronics engineers may become involved in fields such as instrumentation, automation, robotics, bio-medical engineering or machine vision. The Mechatronics Programme at UCT aims to equip its graduates with a solid and broad-based engineering education, including the skills in design and the knowledge of computers and other digital systems hardware, that will be necessary for a successful future career in any of these environments. The Mechatronics Programme is administered as a distinct Programme within the Department of Electrical Engineering, and student advice specific to the needs of Mechatronics undergraduates is available to students on the Programme. Some students currently on the Programme enjoy industrial sponsorship, in the form of bursaries.

Note: A candidate shall complete approved courses of a value not less than 576 credits and shall comply with the prescribed curriculum requirements.

 

Associate Professor and Programme Convener:

F Nicolls, MSc(Eng) PhD Cape Town

 

First Year Core Courses (ME)

Number Course NQF Credits HEQSF Level
AXL1200S Culture, Identity & Globalization in Africa 8 5
CSC1015F Computer Science 1015 18 5
CSC1016S Computer Science 1016 18 5
EEE1006F Introduction to Electronic Engineering 12 5
EEE1007S Introduction to Electrical Engineering 12 5
MAM1020F Mathematics IA for Engineers 18 5
MAM1021S Mathematics IB for Engineers 18 5
MEC1003F Engineering Drawing 8 5
PHY1012F Physics A for Engineers 18 5
PHY1013S Physics B for Engineers 18 5
EEE1000X Practical Training 0 5
  TOTAL CREDITS PER YEAR 148  

Second Year Core Courses (ME)

Number Course NQF Credits HEQSF Level
EEE2044S Introduction to Power Engineering 16 6
EEE2045F Analogue Electronics 16 6
EEE2046F Embedded Systems I 16 6
EEE2047S Signals and Systems I 16 6
EEE2048F Professional Communication for Electrical Engineering 8 6
MAM2083F Vector Calculus for Engineers 16 6
MAM2084S Linear Algebra and DEs for Engineers 16 6
MEC1009F Introduction to Engineering Mechanics 16 5
MEC2026S Project Management 8 6
PHY2010S Electromagnetism for Engineers 16 6
  TOTAL CREDITS PER YEAR 144  

Third Year Core Courses (ME)

Number Course NQF Credits HEQSF Level
EEE3017W Digital Electronics 16 7
EEE3031S Energy Utilisation 10 7
EEE3061W Mechatronics Design I 12 7
EEE3068F Electronic Circuits 12 7
EEE3069W Control Engineering 20 7
EEE3073S Professional Communication Studies 12 7
MEC2023F Dynamics I 16 6
MEC2025F Mechanics of Solids 12 6
MEC2026S Project Management 8 6
MEC3031S Dynamics II 16 7
MEC3035S Computer Integrated Manufacture & Robotics 8 7
EEE3000X Practical Training 0 7
  TOTAL CREDITS PER YEAR 142  

Third Year Optional Courses (ME)

Number Course NQF Credits HEQSF Level
EEE3086F Signals & Systems II 12 7

Fourth Year Core Courses (ME)

Number Course NQF Credits HEQSF Level
EEE4006F Professional Communication Studies 8 8
EEE4022S/F Final Year Project 40 8
EEE4051F New Venture Planning 8 8
EEE4093F Process Control & Instrumentation 20 8
EEE4099F Electrical Machines & Power Electronics 20 8
EEE4113C Engineering System Design 16 8
MEC4022Z Industrial Law 8 8
MEC4063C Industrial Ecology 8 8
  TOTAL CREDITS PER YEAR 128  

Fourth Year Optional Courses (ME)

Select courses amounting to at least 32 credits from the following:

At least one course from:

Number Course NQF Credits HEQSF Level
EEE4001F Digital Signal Processing 20 8
EEE4086F Microwave Engineering 16 8
EEE4088F Communication Engineering 16 8
EEE4104C Electrical Machines & Drives 10 8


And further courses from:

Number Course NQF Credits HEQSF Level
EEE4001F Digital Signal Processing 20 8
EEE4086F Microwave Engineering 16 8
EEE4088F Wireless Communication Systems Design 16 8
EEE4090F Power Systems Analysis Operation and Control 20 8
EEE4096F Neural Fuzzy & Evolving Systems 8 8
EEE4099F Electrical Machines & Power Electronics 20 8
EEE4101F Nuclear Power Engineering 20 8
EEE4104C Electrical Machines & Drives 10 8

Note that some courses above are in the same timetable slots and cannot be taken concurrently, namely EEE4001F and EEE4089F; EEE4087F and EEE4090F; EEE4088F and EEE4101F; EEE4086F and EEE4101F.

Optional Courses (ME)

The following optional courses are possible, timetable permitting, to bring the credit total to at least 576 credits:

Number Course NQF Credits HEQSF Level
AST1000F Introduction to Astronomy 18 5
AST2002H Astrophysics 24 6
END1019L Social Infrastructures: Engaging with community for change 18 5
HUB2005F Introduction to Medical Engineering 8 6
MEC3023F Mechanics of Solids 12 7

 

Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Mechatronics (EB011EEE05)