Robotics and Mechatronics (T/A)

This course explores automation and physical computing through the engineering disciplines of robotics and mechatronics. The course introduces fundamental principles of both electronics and mechatronics before investigating microcontrollers that can be programmed to drive electrical circuits and mechanical systems.


Students apply their knowledge to the design and construction of real systems, examining how these solutions address problems, needs and challenges faced by individuals and societies. They design and program control software for autonomous and manual interfaces, correcting for noise and unexpected variations in data inputs and processing.


Robotics and Mechatronics aims to build theoretical and practical knowledge to prepare students for technical pathways such as engineering, IT, electronics and science.


Course Units

Building & Programming Circuits

This unit of study provides opportunities for students to learn about the components of electronics and the design and construction of electronic systems. They will use design methodologies to investigate, strategise, prototype, test and critically analyse the construction of electronic systems. Students will gain the skills and knowledge necessary to apply a design process using electronics to create innovative and sustainable systems.


Digital & Analog Interactions

This unit of study provides opportunities for students to learn to respond to a real-world need and justify creation of a complex control system. Students will investigate and program microcontrollers and control systems. Students will apply a design process to design interface circuits, prototype, construct and test systems to receive input and collect data from sensors and provide meaningful output.


Robotics & Mechatronic Systems

This unit of study provides opportunities for students to investigate the development of robotics and mechatronic systems. Students critically analyse the effect that robotics and mechanised systems have on human society, built and natural environments and general well-being. Student will use the design process to create, test and control a product or solution incorporating mechanical, electrical and control systems.


Applications of Robotics

This unit of study provides opportunities for students to investigate the role of robots and other intelligent machines, including technologies such as, but not limited to: artificial intelligence, machine learning, neural networks etc. Students will investigate the design of a system, its’ construction, and application of automated technologies. They will use a design process to complete a project; prototyping, testing, constructing and evaluating an innovative system. Students will analyse their results and present their findings with justification.


This course is aimed at students that wish to complete a double major in Digital Technologies and wish to continue their studies in Robotics from Years 9 and 10. The Robocup Competition features heavily in this course.  With the development, building and programming of robotics to solve real world problem.


Assessment Requirements

  • Design Documentation
  • Prototype
  • Digital asset
  • Major Project

Contact the Digital Technologies Coordinator

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