Electrical Actuators and Sensors

RME20001 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn, Sarawak


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 60 hours face to face + Blended

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

Aims and objectives

This unit of study introduces you to electrical actuators and sensors as used in robotic and mechatronic systems and applications.
Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)
Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

1. Describe and apply the principles of electromechanical energy conversion, including in the construction, operation and applications of magnetic circuits, transformers, induction motors and DC machines. (K1, K3)
2. Describe sensors typically used in robotics projects including those for torque, force, acceleration, velocity, displacement, fluid-flow, and temperature. (K1, K3)
3. Safely execute experiments, analyse and interpret results and errors, and formulate conclusions. (K2, K6, S1, A7)
4. Design and execute a project as part of a team, including interpreting requirements, using engineering methods to problem-solve, applying creative approaches and seeking opportunities. (K4, K5, S1, S2, S3, S4, A3, A7)
5. Present results in writing and orally as part of a team or individually, demonstrating a professional image. (A2, A5, A7)
6. Demonstrate effective communication to peers and generate high quality documentation in robotics and mechatronics (progress and project reports, reports of investigations, design records, drawings, technical descriptions and presentations). (A2, A4) 
Swinburne Engineering Competencies (A1-7, K1-6, S1-4): find out more about Engineering Skills and Competencies including the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies.