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Notice of Retraction
After careful and considered review of the content of this paper by a duly constituted expert committee, this paper has been found to be in violation of IEEE's Publication Principles.
We hereby retract the content of this paper. Reasonable effort should be made to remove all past references to this paper.
The presenting author of this paper has the option to appeal this decision by contacting TPII@ieee.org.
The University of Canterbury has embedded design projects into each of the three professional education years (years 2-4 of the degree) in its new Mechatronics programme. The goal is to create an educational mechanism that links engineering sciences and individual class topics to integrated applications. A series of application-oriented laboratory projects using a Programmable Logic Controller is built into the second-year (1st professional year) curriculum. In the third year (2nd professional), a mobile robotic system design project encompasses electromechanical design, embedded control, software development and system integration. In the fourth and final year (3rd professional), students advance to working on mechatronics research projects that address real-life complex engineering problems facing the industrial sponsors. Embedding design projects progressively into multidisciplinary engineering education has proven to be an effective pedagogy to reinforce students' systems thinking, hands-on abilities, and cross-course linkage.