Joint Undergraduate Programs

The School of Mechatronic Systems Engineering offers students two joint undergraduate programs.

Mechatronic Systems Engineering and Business Administration Double Degree

An innovative collaboration between the Faculty of Business Administration and the Faculty of Applied Sciences, this double-degree provides students with engineering expertise and business acumen. The five-year program leads to a bachelor of applied science degree and a bachelor of business administration degree.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the double degree program is normally via the Mechatronics Systems Engineering Major.   Students are admitted based on a CGPA of 3.0 obtained on the first 30 credits of the MSE Major plus ECON 105-3.   Otherwise, MSE majors may later gain admission by meeting the competitive requirements for entry into the Faculty of Business Administration.  Business administration students may gain admission by meeting the internal transfer requirements of the Mechatronics Systems Engineering Major.

Grade Requirements

Students must obtain a minimum grade of C- in all required courses.  A minimum 2.40 CGPA must be maintained for continuation in the double degree program.

Program Requirements

Students complete all of

  • BUEC 232-4 Data and Decisions I
  • BUS 251-3 Financial Accounting I
  • BUS 254-3 Managerial Accounting I
  • BUS 272-3 Behavior in Organizations
  • BUS 312-4 Introduction to Finance
  • BUS 336-4 Data and Decisions II
  • BUS 343-3 Introduction to Marketing
  • BUS 360W-4 Business Communication
  • BUS 381-3 Introduction to Human Resource Management
  • BUS 393-3 Commercial Law
  • BUS 478-3 Seminar in Administrative Policy
  • CHEM 120-3 General Chemistry I
  • CMPT 130-3 Introduction to Computing Science and Programming for Engineers
  • ECON 103-4 Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON 105-4 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • MSE 100-3 Engineering Graphics and Design
  • MSE 101W-3 Process, Form, and Convention
  • MSE 102-3 Applied Science, Technology and Society
  • MSE 110-3 Mechatronics Design I
  • MSE 250-3 Electric Circuits I 
  • MSE 251-4 Electronic Circuits
  • MSE 220-3 Engineering Materials
  • MSE 210-3 Engineering Measurement and Data Analysis
  • MSE 211-3 Computational Method for Engineers (students are advised to take new course in lieu of MACM 316)
  • MSE 221-3 Statics and Strength of Materials
  • MSE 222-3 Kinematics and Dynamics of Rigid Bodies and Mechanisms
  • MSE 223-3 Introduction to Fluid Mechanics
  • MSE 401W-1 Project Documentation and Team Dynamics
  • MSE 352-4  Digital Logic and Microprocessors
  • MSE 311-3 Introduction to MEMS
  • MSE 353-4 Power Electronics and Electric Machinery
  • MSE 280-3 Linear Systems
  • MSE 380-3 Systems Modelling and Simulation
  • MSE 320-3 Machine Design
  • MSE 381-4 Feedback Control Systems†
  • MSE 312-4 Mechatronics Design II †
  • MSE 310-4 Introduction to Electromechanical Sensors and Actuators
  • MSE 321-3 Engineering Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer
  • MSE 402-2 Engineering Ethics, Law and Professional Practice
  • MSE 410-3 Capstone Design Technical Project I
  • MSE 411-3 Capstone Design Technical Project II
  • MSE 450-4 Real Time and Embedded Systems
  • MSE 481-4 Industrial Control Systems
  • MATH 151-3 Calculus I
  • MATH 152-3 Calculus II
  • MATH 232-3 Elementary Linear Algebra
  • MATH 251-3 Calculus III
  • MATH 310-3 Introduction to Differential Equations
  • PHYS 140-4 Studio Physics – Mechanics and Modern Physics
  • PHYS 141-4 Studio Physics – Optics, Electricity and Magnetism

†strongly recommended to be completed concurrently

and one of

  • BUS 207-3 Managerial Economics I
  • ECON 301-4 Microeconomic Theory I: Competitive Behavior

Elective Course Requirements

Business Concentration Elective Courses

Students must also complete four upper division courses in a Business concentration including at least 3 courses at the 400 division.

Mechatronic Systems Engineering Elective Courses

Students must also complete four Mechatronics elective courses selected from a pre-approved MSE electives list. With undergraduate curriculum committee chair permission, students may replace one engineering science elective with either a directed study or a special project laboratory course. Special topics courses that have been approved by the undergraduate curriculum committee chair and the director may be counted here.

Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements

Students admitted to Simon Fraser University beginning in the fall 2006 term must meet writing, quantitative and breadth requirements as part of any degree program they may undertake.  For students in this double degree program, the general university requirements are modified by reduction of the Humanities (B-Hum) breadth requirement from 6 units to 3 units. The B-Hum should be taken during one of the optional co-op terms.



Year 1

Term 3, Fall
Term 4, Spring
CHEM 120
General Chemistry I
MATH 232
Elementary Linear Algebra

MATH 151
Calculus I
Math 152
Calculus II
CMPT 130 (former) CMPT 128)
Introduction to Computing Science Programming I
PHYS 141
Studio Physics: Optics, Electricity, and Magnetism
PHYS 140
Studio Physics: Mechanics and Modern Physics
MSE 110
Mechatronics Design I
~MSE 100
Engineering Graphics and Design
~MSE 102
Applied Science, Technology, and Society
*ECON 105
Prinicples of Macroeconomics
~MSE 101W

Process, Form and Convention in Professional Genres

*Credit towards:
ENSC - Complementary Elective I


Year 2

Term 3, Fall
Term 4, Spring
MSE 221
Statics and Strength of Materials
MSE 222
Kinematics & Dynamics of Rigid Bodies & Mechanisms
Optional Co-op Term

MATH 251
Calculus III
MSE 210
Engineering Measurement and Data Analysis
MATH 310
Introduction to Differential Equations
BUS 393
Commercial Law
MSE 220
Engineering Materials
BUS 254
Managerial Accounting I
**ECON 103
Principles of Microeconomics
BUS 251
Financial Accounting I
**Credit towards:
ENSC - Complimentary Elective II
BUS 272

Behavior in Organizations

MSE 250 Electric Circuits I


Year 3

Term 5, Fall Term 6, Spring Summer
BUS 312 Introduction to Finance MSE 223
Introduction to Fluid Mechanics 1st Mandatory Co-op
BUS 381 Introduction to Human Resource Management MSE 251
Electronic Circuits
BUS 207 Managerial Economics (or ECON 301) MSE 280
Linear Systems
BUS 343 Introduction to Marketing *MSE 211
Computational Method for Engineers
MSE 321
Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer BUS 3XX Elective Business Concentration
BUEC 232 Data and Decisions BUS 336 Data and Decisions II


Year 4

Term 7, Fall Spring Term 8, Summer
MSE 320
Machine Design 2nd Mandatory Co-op MSE 312
Mechatronics Design II
MSE 380
Systems Modeling and Simulation MSE 381
Feedback Control Systems
MSE 352
Digital Logic & Microcontrollers
MSE 353
Power Electronics & Electric Machinery
MSE 310
Introduction to Electro-mechanical Sensors and Actuators MSE 311
Introduction to MEMS
BUS 4XX Business Concentration Elective BUS 4XX Business Concentration Elective
BUS 360W Business Communication I


Year 5

Term 9, Spring
Term 10, Summer
3rd Mandatory Co-op MSE 450
Real Time and Embedded Systems
MSE 481
Industrial Control Systems
MSE 410
Capstone Design Technical Project
MSE 411
Capstone Design Technical Project
BUS 478
Business Concentration Elective
Engineering Electing I
MSE III Engineering Elective III
MSE II Engineering Elective II MSE IV Engineering Elective IV
MSE 402
Engineering Laws and Ethics

~  Offered in the fall and spring terms starting Fall 2018.

First Year Course Outlines

Term 1 - Fall

CHEM 120-3   General Chemistry I - Atomic & molecular structure; chemical bonding; thermochemistry; elements; periodic table; gases, liquids, solids, and solutions. Prerequisite: BC high school chemistry 12 or CHEM 111 or CHEM 110 (or 101).

CMPT 130-3    Introduction to Computing Science & Programming I - An introduction to computing science and computer programming, using a systems oriented language, such as C or C++. This course introduces basic computing science concepts. Topics will include: elementary data types, control structures, functions, arrays and strings, fundamental algorithms, computer organization and memory management. Prerequisite:  BC Math 12 (or equivalent, or any of MATH 100, 150, 151, 154, or 157).  Students with credit for CMPT 102, 120, 126, or 128 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative/Breadth-Science.

MATH 151-3    Calculus I - Designed for students specializing in mathematics, physics, chemistry, computing science and engineering. Logarithmic and exponential functions, trigonometric functions, inverse functions. Limits, continuity, and derivatives. Techniques of differentiation, including logarithmic and implicit differentiation. The Mean Value Theorem. Applications of Differentiation including extrema, curve sketching, related rates, Newton's method. Antiderivatives and applications. Conic sections, polar coordinates, parametric curves. Prerequisite: BC principles of mathematics 12 (or equivalent) with a grade of at least A, or MATH 100 with a grade of at least B, or achieving a satisfactory grade on the Simon Fraser University Calculus Readiness Test.

PHYS 140-4    Studio Physics - Mechanics and Modern Physics - A general calculus-based introduction to mechanics taught in an integrated lecture-laboratory environment. Topics include translational and rotational motion, momentum, energy, gravitation, and selected topics in modern physics. Prerequisite: BC Principles of Physics 12, or equivalent. Corequisite: MATH 150 or 151 or 154 must precede or be taken concurrently.

MSE 100-3    Engineering Graphics and Design - The fundamentals of graphical communication in order to help students think and communicate visually in the context of engineering design. The course focuses on concepts such as isometric, multi-view sketches, section view, and auxiliary views, tolerancing and dimensioning, as well as fundamentals of schematics and printed circuit boards design. Various computer aided design software are used. Students with credit for ENSC 104 may not take MSE 100 for further credit.

ECON 105-4     Principles of Macroeconomics - The principal elements of theory concerning money and income, distribution, social accounts, public finance, international trade, comparative systems, and development and growth.

Term 2 - Spring

MSE 110-3    Mechatronics Design I - First year project course designed to provide students with a first exposure to the challenges of project organization. Students are responsible for designing and constructing a mechanical robot optimized to solve a particular chosen task. The engineering challenges of the project are expected to focus half on mechanical design and half on control algorithm design and implementation. Students with credit for ENSC 182 may not take MSE 110 for further credit.

MATH 152-3    Calculus II - Riemann sum, Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, definite, indefinite and improper integrals, approximate integration, integration techniques, applications of integration. First-order separable differential equations. Sequences and series, series tests, power series, convergence and applications of power series. Complex numbers.Prerequisite: MATH 150 or 151; or MATH 154 or 157 with a grade of at least B.

MATH 232-3    Applied Linear Algebra - Linear equations, matrices, determinants. Introduction to vector spaces and linear transformations and bases. Inner products and orthogonality. Eigenvalues and eigenvectors; diagonalization. Inner products and orthogonality; least squares problems. Applications. The course emphasizes matrix and vector calculations and applications. Prerequisite: MATH 150 or 151; or MACM 101; or MATH 154 or 157, both with a grade of at least B.

PHYS 141-4    Studio Physics - Optics, Electricity and Magnetism - A general calculus-based introduction to electricity, magnetism and optics taught in an integrated lecture-laboratory environment. Topics include electricity, magnetism, simple circuits, optics and topics from applied physics. Prerequisite: PHYS 140. Corequisite: MATH 152 or 155 must precede or be taken concurrently.

MSE 101W-3    Process, Form, and Convention in Professional Genres - The course teaches fundamentals of informative and persuasive communication for professional engineers and computer scientists in order to assist students in thinking critically about various contemporary technical, social, and ethical issues. It focuses on communicating technical information clearly and concisely, managing issues of persuasion when communicating with diverse audiences, presentation skills, and teamwork. Corequisite: CMPT 106 or MSE 102. Students with credit for CMPT 105W, ENSC 102W or ENSC 105W may not take MSE 101W for further credit.

MSE 102-3   Applied Science Technology and Society - Reviews the different modes of thought characteristic of science, engineering and computing. Examines the histories and chief current research issues in these fields. Considers the ethical and social responsibilities of engineering and computing work. Corequisite: MSE 101W or CMPT 105W. Students with credit for CMPT 106, ENSC 100 or ENSC 106 may not take MSE 102 for further credit.

Second Year Course Outlines

Term 3 - Fall

MSE 250-3    Electric Circuits I - This course will cover the following topics: fundamental electrical circuit quantities, and circuit elements; circuits laws such as Ohm law, Kirchoff's voltage and current laws, along with series and parallel circuits; operational amplifiers; network theorems; nodal and mesh methods; analysis of natural and step response of first (RC and RL), as well as second order (RLC) circuits; real, reactive and rms power concepts. In addition, the course will discuss the worker safety implications of both electricity and common laboratory practices such as soldering. Prerequisite: PHYS 121 and 131, or PHYS 126 and 131, or PHYS 141, and MATH 232 and 310. MATH 232 and/or 310 may be taken concurrently. Students with credit for ENSC 125 or 220 may not take MSE 250 for further credit. Quantitative.

MSE 220-3    Engineering Materials - Materials, their structures, properties and performance; crystal structures and instruments for structure determination; polymers, ceramics, and composites; quality control and reliability. Prerequisite: CHEM 120 or 121; PHYS 140 or 121. Students with credit for ENSC 231 or ENSC 330 may not take MSE 220 for further credit.

MSE 221-3    Statics and Strength of Materials - Covers basic concepts of mechanics, vectors. Statics of particles. Rigid bodies and force systems, equilibrium of rigid bodies. Analysis of trusses and frames. Distributed forces, centroids and moments of inertia. Friction. Internal shear and bending moments in beams. Strength of material: introduction to mechanical response of materials and stress-strain transformations. Virtual work and energy methods. Prerequisite: PHYS 140, MATH 152. Students with credit for ENSC 281 may not take MSE 221 for further credit.

MATH 251-3    Calculus III - Rectangular, cylindrical and spherical coordinates. Vectors, lines, planes, cylinders, quadric surfaces. Vector functions, curves, motion in space. Differential and integral calculus of several variables. Vector fields, line integrals, fundamental theorem for line integrals, Green's theorem. Prerequisite: MATH 152; or MATH 155 or MATH 158 with a grade of at least B. Recommended: It is recommended that MATH 240 or 232 be taken before or concurrently with MATH 251.

MATH 310-3    Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations- First-order differential equations, second- and higher-order linear equations, series solutions, introduction to Laplace transform, systems and numerical methods, applications in the physical, biological and social sciences. Prerequisite: MATH 152; or MATH 155/158 with a grade of at least B, MATH 232 or 240.

ECON 103-4    Principles of Microeconomics - The principal elements of theory concerning utility and value, price and costs, factor analysis, productivity, labor organization, competition and monopoly, and the theory of the firm.

Term 4 - Spring

MSE 210-3    Engineering measurement and Data Analysis - An introduction to methods to collect and analyse engineering data. Topics include the Engineering data representation, Discrete and continuous probability density functions, Engineering measurements, Error analysis, Introduction to sensor interfaces, Introduction to physical sensors, Introduction to sensor signal conditioning, Noise, Test of hypotheses, Linear and nonlinear regression, and Design of experiments. Prerequisite: PHYS 141 or equivalent. MATH 150 or MATH 151. Students with credit for ENSC 280 or PHYS 231 may not take MSE 210 for further credit.

MSE 222-3    Kinematics and Dynamics of Rigid Bodies and Mechanisms - Planar and 3D motions kinematics and kinetics of rigid bodies and mechanisms; linkages, gears, cams; synthesis and analysis of mechanisms; consideration of the static and dynamic forces in machines; vibration analysis, response to shock, motion and force transmissibility, vibration isolation. Prerequisite: PHYS 140, MATH 152, and 310. Students with credit for ENSC 282 may not take MSE 222 for further credit.

BUS 393-3      Commercial Law - Common law, equity, and statute law; contracts, agency, and negotiable instruments; partnership and corporation law; international commercial law. Prerequisite: 60 units. BUEC 391 is not to be taken concurrently with BUS 393.

BUS 254-3      Managerial Accounting I - Theory and methods of cost compilation for managerial planning, control and decision making; the use of budgets and analysis in planning and controlling operations, establishing supervisory and departmental responsibility, and various techniques of measuring results. Prerequisite: BUS 251; 15 units. Students with credit for BUS 324 or 328 may not take BUS 254 for further credit.

BUS 251-3      Financial Accounting I - An introduction to financial accounting, including accounting terminology, understanding financial statements, analysis of a business entity using financial statements. Includes also time value of money and a critical review of the conventional accounting system. Prerequisite: 12 units.

BUS 272-3      Behavior in Organizations - Theories, concepts and issues in the field of organizational behavior with an emphasis on individual and team processes. Core topics include employee motivation and performance, stress management,  communication, work perceptions and attitudes, decision-making, team dynamics, employee involvement and conflict management. Prerequisite: 12 units.

Third Year Course Outlines

Term 5 - Fall

BUS 312-4        Introduction to Finance - Role and function of financial managers, financial analysis, compound interest valuation and capital budgeting, management of current assets, introduction to financial instruments and institutions. Prerequisite: BUS 254 (or 324); 60 units. Recommended: BUS 207 or ECON 301.

BUS 381-3        Introduction to Human Resource Management - Subjects include human resource planning, job analysis and design, recruitment, employment equity, selection and placement, performance appraisal, compensation and benefits, training and development, occupational health and safety, and industrial relations. For each subject an overview of current Canadian issues and practices is presented. Prerequisite: BUS 272 (or 372); 60 units.

BUS 343-3        Introduction to Marketing - The environment of marketing; relation of social sciences to marketing; evaluation of marketing theory and research; assessment of demand, consumer behavior analysis; market institutions; method and mechanics of distribution in domestic, foreign and overseas markets; sales organization; advertising; new product development, publicity and promotion; marketing programs. Prerequisite: 60 units.

BUEC 232-4      Data and Decisions - An introduction to business statistics with a heavy emphasis on applications and the use of EXCEL. Students will be required to use statistical applications to solve business problems. Prerequisite: MATH 157 and 15 units. MATH 157 may be taken concurrently with BUEC 232.

BUS 207-3        Managerial Economics - Emphasis is upon the relevance of economic models to business decision-making and, in particular, upon the rational analysis of choice alternatives within the firm. Course will include consideration of optimizing techniques and analysis of risk, demand, production and profit in addition to examination of long-term investment decisions and business forecasting. Prerequisite: ECON 103, 105; MATH 157; 15 units.

MSE 321-3    Engineering Thermodynamics & Heat Transfer – Energy transfer as work and heat, the First Law of thermodynamics. Properties and states of simple substances. Control-mass and control-volume analyses. Entropy, the Second Law of thermodynamics. Carnot cycle. Energy conversion systems; internal combustion engines, power plants and refrigeration cycles. Heat transfer by conduction, convection, and radiation. Formulation and solution of steady and transient problems. Cooling of microelectronics, thermal solutions. Prerequisite: MATH 152, 251, PHYS 141. Students with credit for ENSC 388 or PHYS 344 may not take MSE 321 for further credit.

Term 6 - Spring

MSE 223-3    Introduction to Fluid Mechanics - Physical properties of fluids and fundamental concepts in fluid mechanics. Hydrostatics. Conservation laws for mass, momentum and energy. Flow similarity and dimensional analysis as applied to engineering problems in fluid mechanics. Laminar and turbulent flow. Engineering applications such as flow measurement, flow in pipes and fluid forces on moving bodies. Prerequisite: PHYS 140, MATH 152, and 310. Students with credit for ENSC 283 may not take MSE 223 for further credit.

MSE 251-4    Electronic Circuits - Introduces the basic electronic components, amplifiers, diodes, and oscillators. Fundamentals of logic design. Prerequisite: MSE 250 or ENSC 220. Students with credit for ENSC 225 or 226 may not take MSE 251 for further credit.

MSE 280-3    Linear Systems - The objectives of this course are to cover the modelling and analysis of continuous and discrete signals using linear techniques. Topics covered include: a review of Laplace transforms; methods for the basic modelling of physical systems; discrete and continuous convolution; impulse and step response; transfer functions and filtering; the continuous Fourier transform and its relationship to the Laplace transform; frequency response and Bode plots; sampling; the Z-transform. Prerequisite: MSE 250 (or ENSC 220) and MATH 310. Students with credit for ENSC 380 may not take MSE 280 for further credit.

 MSE 211-   Computational Method for Engineers -This course focuses  on solving engineering problems with computational methods.  Students with credit forMACM 316 may not take this course for further credit. Prerequisite: MATH 152 or equivalent, and MATH 232 or equivalent.  

BUS 3XX-3        Business Concentration Elective

BUS 336-4         Data and Decisions II - This course is an extension of BUEC 232. It develops and applies the quantitative models that are most directly relevant to business decisions. Beginning with material on multiple regression and forecasting modeling, the course moves on to decision analysis, business simulation, quality control, and an introduction to optimization. Prerequisite: MATH 157 and BUEC 232, 60 units.

Fourth Year Course Outlines

Term 7 - Fall

MSE 352-4    Digital Logic and Microcontroller - Introduction to digital systems and numberrepresentation. Combinational systems and sequential logic. Counter design and registers. Synchronoussequential design. Microprocessor applications, memory and I/O systems. Microcontrollers: features, architecture and programming model. Introduction to assembly language and microcontroller programming. Addressing modes, assembling and linking programs. Timer/counter programming. ADC, DAC, and sensorinterfacing.  Prerequisite:  CMPT 130 and either MSE 251 or ENSC 226.

MSE 380-3    Systems Modeling and Simulation - Introduction to systems modeling and analysis. Application to engineering systems including: mechanical, electrical, thermal, and fluid systems. Allows the student to acquire, in a time-efficient and uncomplicated manner, knowledge in the formation and construction of dynamic models. The simulation models that the student will design in this course accommodate these analyses, with the construction of realistic hypotheses and elaborate behavior models. Prerequisite: MSE 221 (or ENSC 281), MSE 222 (or ENSC 282), MSE 251 (or ENSC 226). Students with credit for ENSC 381 may not take MSE 380 for further credit.

MSE 320-3    Machine Design - Review of stress and strain in solids, superposition, energy theorems, theories of failure, elastic and inelastic analysis of symmetrical bending, torsion of circular members, and virtual work. Adequacy assessment and synthesis of machine elements with a focus on the design process. Static failure of ductile and brittle materials, fatigue analysis of structures. Topics include the design of welds, bolted connections, springs and shafts. Solution strategies include both analytical and finite element methods. Prerequisite: MSE 221 (or ENSC 281), MSE 222 (or ENSC 282). Students with credit for ENSC 382 may not take MSE 320 for further credit.

MSE 310-4    Introduction to Electro-Mechanical Sensors and Actuators - This course provides an introduction to sensors and actuators for electromechanical, computer-controlled machines and devices. Topics include operating principles, design considerations, and applications of analog sensors, digital transducers, stepper motors, continuous-drive actuators, and drive system electronics. Component integration and design considerations are studied through examples selected from applications of machine tools, mechatronics, precision machines, robotics, aerospace systems, and ground and underwater vehicles. Laboratory exercises strengthen the understanding of component performance, system design and integration. Prerequisite: MSE 280 or ENSC 380. Students with credit for ENSC 387 may not take MSE 310 for further credit.

BUS 360W-4   Business Communication I - This course is designed to assist students to improve their written and oral communication skills in business settings. The theory and practice of business communication will be presented. Topics include analysis of communication problems, message character, message monitoring, message media. Exercises in individual and group messages and presentations will be conducted. Prerequisite: 60 units.

BUS 4XX-3      Business Concentration Elective

Term 8 - Summer

MSE 311-3    Introduction to Microelectromechanical Systems - An introduction to microelectromechanical systems, covering thin film processing technologies, bulk and surface micromachining, and MEMS applications. Prerequisite: MSE 222 (or ENSC 282), MSE 251 (or ENSC 226).. Students with credit for ENSC 331 may not take MSE 311 for further credit.

MSE 353-4    Power Electronics & Electric Machines - 3-phase circuits, power quality, and transformers, Characteristic of power semiconductor devices, Line frequency controlled rectifiers, Buck, boost, and buck-boost dc-dc power converters, Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) techniques, Voltage source inverters and full-bridge topology, Introduction to dc machines, Introduction to stepper motors, Introduction to induction motors, Introduction to synchronous machines. Prerequisite: MSE 251(previously  ENSC 226).

MSE 381-4    Feedback Control Systems - This course is an introduction to the analysis, design, and applications of continuous time linear control systems. Topics include transfer function representation of open and closed loop systems, time domain specifications and steady state error, sensitivity analysis, time and frequency response, and stability criteria. It includes a treatment of methods for the analysis of control systems based on the root locus, Bode plots and Nyquist criterion, and their use in the design of PID, and lead-lag compensation. Lab work is included in this course. Prerequisite: MSE 280 (or ENSC 380). Students with credit for ENSC 383 may not take MSE 381 for further credit.

MSE 312-4    Mechatronics Design II - Interweaves mechanisms, electronics, sensors, and control strategies with software and information technology to examine the demands and ideas of customers and find the most efficient, cost-effective method to transform their goals into successful commercial products. Most of the term is devoted to a significant design project in which student groups work independently and competitively, applying the design process to a project goal set by the faculty co-ordinator. Prerequisite: MSE 110 (or ENSC 182), MSE 320 (or ENSC 382), MSE 380 (or ENSC 381). MSE 320 and MSE 380 may be taken concurrently. Students with credit for ENSC 384 may not take MSE 312 for further credit.

BUS 4XX-3      Business Concentration Elective

Fifth Year Course Outlines

Term 9 – Spring

MSE 410-3    Capstone Design Technical Project I - Students will combine their technical, marketing, and entrepreneurship knowledge to conceive, and design a product. Also includes project documentation and project management. At the end of the term a comprehensive report is required, Prerequisite:  *MSE 400 (or ENSC 312) and 100 units. Corequisite:  MSE 401W. Students with credit for ENSC 441 may not take MSE 410 for further credit.

*Due to change in term offering students are not expected to take MSE 400 until term 8 (Summer).  Therefore, the Department, will manually enroll  students with minimum 100 credits.

MSE 450-4    Real-Time and Embedded Control Systems - Focuses on implementation and design of embedded computer control systems used in mechatronics and other applications. Many of these systems are real-time in nature, meaning that the computer system must discern the state of the world and react to it within stringent response-time constraints. Upon completion of the course, the student will have a basic understanding of how to design, build and integrate hardware and software for an embedded control application. Hands-on experience will be gained by performing laboratory experiments and doing an embedded computer control project on a mechatronic system. Prerequisite: MSE 351 (or ENSC 332), MSE 381 (or ENSC 383), and completion of 90 units. Students who have taken ENSC 351 or 451 cannot take MSE 450 for further credit.

BUS 478-3       Strategy - Integration of the various areas of business for the purpose of analysing and recommending strategies for planning and decision-making within the firm and a defined environment. Prerequisite: BUS 207 (or ECON 301), 312, 343, 360W and either BUS 374 or 381; 90 units.

MSE 401W-4     Project Documentation and Team Dynamics - This course is integrated with an MSE project course (MSE 410) that provides practical experience with the design process for development projects. Topics include project management, team writing, project documentation (proposals, functional and design specifications, progress reports, and users manuals), group dynamics and dispute resolution. Prerequisite: Either both of ENSC 101W and ENSC 102 or one of MSE 101W, ENSC 105W or CMPT 105W. Corequisite: MSE 410. Students with credit for ENSC 305W may not take MSE 401W for further credit.

MSE I           Engineering Elective I

MSE II          Engineering Elective II

Term 10 – Summer

MSE 411-3   Capstone Design Technical Project II - Students will apply their technical, marketing and entrepreneurship knowledge to develop a product that was designed earlier in MSE 410. Students will then present and be able to see it to a panel of engineers, business and investment community members. Prerequisite: MSE 410. Students with credit for ENSC 442 may not take MSE 411 for further credit.

MSE 481-4     Industrial Control Systems - Examines modern industrial control systems and applications. Topics include: review of industrial sensors and actuators; computer interfacing; ladder logic and programmable logic controllers; industrial computer and programming methods; industrial networks; human-machine interfaces; supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA); manufacturing execution systems; and enterprise-wide integration. Prerequisite: MSE 351 (or ENSC 332) and MSE 381 (or ENSC 383). Students with credit for ENSC 484 may not take MSE 481 for further credit.

BUS 4XX-3      Business Concentration Elective

MSE III            Engineering Elective III

MSE IV            Engineering Elective IV


Joint Program with Kwantlen Polytechnic University

In collaboration with Kwantlen, this exciting program allows our students access to one of Canada’s leading hands-on design and manufacturing educational facilities. This enables Mechatronic Systems Engineering students to focus even more fully on honing their engineering design skills. As a true partnership, the program also helps Kwantlen students to transfer to our school.

Kwantlen transfer students must meet SFU admission requirements for Canadian college/university transfer. For general information regarding admission to SFU, visit the Student Services Website or contact Student Services Admissions directly at 778.782.6930.  Applicants apply online at and must indicate Mechatronic Systems Engineering as their primary option.

The following tables illustrate the benefits of this joint program option for Kwantlen and SFU students.

Scenario 1: Entry to SFU with a Kwantlen Certificate

KPU students with Kwantlen Cerficate admitted to MSE proceed to first year (SYSOne) with a waiver for SFU MSE 100.

Scenario 2: Entry to SFU with a Kwantlen Diploma

KPU diploma graduates admitted to MSE student proceed to first year (SYSOne) with a waiver for SFU MSE 100.

Advantages for Kwantlen Students in Scenarios 1 & 2:

• Employable skills and strong foundation in Manufacturing Design & Drafting
• Good placement in future Coop semesters
• Lighter load in Mechatronics Systems Engineering

Scenario 3: SFU students earn Kwantlen Certificate during their CO-OP Summer term

SFU students in good academic standing* can proceed to Kwantlen second semester and receive Kwantlen certificate upon successful completion of the semester

Advantages for SFU Students:

• Employable skills and strong foundation in Manufacturing Design & Drafting
• Good placement in future Coop semesters
• Increased understanding of manufacturing from hands-on experience
• Improved skills for ensuing design courses