Master of Engineering (Robotics and Mechatronics)

As part of the Master of Engineering (Robotics and Mechatronics) program, you have the option to undertake an industry placement. In the final year of this program you will conduct a research project.

The following information outlines examples of the fundamental tasks you will be required to carry out during on-campus, laboratory workshop and industry placement activities.

These examples are provided for your information only and are not entry requirements.

There are a range of adjustments to your study conditions available to enable and support you to demonstrate to undertake these tasks. Please contact the Equitable Learning Service to discuss any adjustments you may require. 

Verbal Expression and Comprehension (understanding)

What do I need to be able to do?

Understand and respond to verbal communication.

In an industry placement environment, this will assist you in your work with team members to understand and convey project specifications. Clear communication assists with completing your industry placement tasks safely.

Verbally communicate clear instructions and explanations.

In the on-campus learning environment this will assist you to explain your research project progress and outcomes. 

What adjustments to my study conditions can I access?

A range of adjustments can be organised through the Equitable Learning Service (ELS). Contact the ELS to discuss what adjustments may be helpful to you.

Additional time allowances for comprehension and expression may be available to you for on-campus learning activities.

Industry placement activities may require time responsive communication. This should be discussed with your placement coordinator prior to commencing your placement. 

Social Communication

Social Communication refers to the capacity to understand and use appropriate non-verbal communication such as: eye contact, gestures, facial expression, speaking volume, tone of voice, proximity and verbal turn-taking.

What do I need to be able to do?

Recognise, interpret, use and respond to non-verbal communication appropriately during on-campus, laboratory workshop and industry placement activities to build relationships, display understanding and acknowledgement of others.

In laboratory workshop and industry placement environments, tasks which require the use of social communication abilities include:

  • identifying and using gestures, verbal turn-taking and proximity when sharing workload and equipment with others
  • responding to peers and supervisors with open body language, eye contact and facial expressions to demonstrate understanding.

Using and understanding non-verbal cues is essential for safe execution of engineering tasks.

What adjustments to my study conditions can I access?

A range of adjustments can be organised through the Equitable Learning Service(ELS). Contact the ELS to discuss what adjustments may be helpful to you.  

Consideration will be given to the use of non-verbal communication appropriate to your disability or condition for example, if you have a vision or hearing impairment, you may rely more on using either auditory or visual means of social communication. 

Reading

What do I need to be able to do?

Read and understand a range of written material in differing forms from a variety of sources such as: on screen material, reference material and /or handwritten notes.

In laboratory workshop and industry placement environments, essential information is communicated in written form.  Tasks which require reading include:

  • reading and understanding laboratory workshopbased protocols such as: notes, reports, policies
  • reading and understanding equipment use instructions and safety procedures

The ability to read, understand and interpret written information is fundamental for safe execution of engineering tasks.

What adjustments to my study conditions can I access?

A range of adjustments can be organised through the Equitable Learning Service (ELS). Contact the ELS to discuss what adjustments may be helpful to you.

You may use specialised software to support your literacy for on-campus learning activities. The appropriateness and practicality of using such software during your industry placement may vary between placements and should be discussed with the placement coordinator prior to commencing your placement.

Writing (Written Language)

N.B. This refers not to the physical act of writing but rather to the written content.

What do I need to be able to do?

Produce coherent written communication appropriate to on-campus, laboratory workshop and industry placement settings.

In laboratory workshop and industry placement environments, tasks which require clear, concise, accurate and time-efficient writing include:

  • writing reports to meet technical standards
  • project record keeping

The ability to accurately communicate in writing is essential for the safe execution of engineering tasks.

What adjustments to my study conditions can I access?

A range of adjustments can be organised through the Equitable Learning Service (ELS). Contact the ELS to discuss what adjustments may be helpful to you.

You may use specialised software to support your literacy for on-campus learning activities. The appropriateness and practicality of using such software during industry placement may vary between placements and should be discussed with the placement coordinator prior to commencing your placement.

Number Skills (Numeracy)

Numeracy is the ability to understand and work with numbers. Basic numeracy skills consist of comprehending fundamental mathematics like addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

What do I need to be able to do?

Interpret and correctly apply numerical data, measurements and formulae in a time-efficient manner in on-campus learning, laboratory workshop and industry placement settings.

In laboratory workshop and industry placement environments, tasks which require the use of number skills include:

  • performing accurate calculations that represent an engineering system and its behaviour in response to different conditions
  • providing valid interpretation of engineering system response data

The ability to accurately work with numbers is essential for safe execution of engineering tasks.

What adjustments to my study conditions can I access?

A range of adjustments can be organised through the Equitable Learning Service (ELS). Contact the ELS to discuss what adjustments may be helpful to you.

You may use specialised software to support your numeracy for on-campus learning activities. The appropriateness and practicality of using such software during professional experience may vary between placements and should be discussed with the placement coordinator prior to commencing your placement.

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.