- Department: Electronic Engineering
- Module co-ordinator: Dr. Emma Osborne
- Credit value: 20 credits
- Credit level: I
- Academic year of delivery: 2023-24
This module further develops the team-working skills introduced in the first-year project, this time applied to a robot that can follow a maze and select the shortest route from start to finish. The project will require mechanical, electrical and software design and construction. Selection of appropriate materials, including sensors and hardware, as well as the controlling electronics. Finally you will assemble the parts, and test the robot’s ability to solve and navigate mazes ready to compete with other robots.
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To build on the first year group project and further develop student skills in group project working. In particular, students will work in groups on a product involving the development of a maze solving robot. Students will gain hands-on experience with designing machine vision algorithms, microcontrollers, and problem-solving algorithms capable of determining the optimal solution to a problem.
Subject specific learning outcomes:
Graduate learning outcomes:
The project is based on the international competition for micro mouse maze racing robots. The project will initially analyse the Pololu 3Pi line following robot and use the ideas to develop individual robots capable of following mazes made up of walls. Understanding and developing the theory is only the starting point, building and refining the robot to operate autonomously will present an additional set of practical challenges.
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Demonstration / Viva
Individual Project Report
Group Project Specification Report
Group Presentation of Specification
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Individual Report Reassessment
'Feedback’ at a university level can be understood as any part of the learning process which is designed to guide your progress through your degree programme. We aim to help you reflect on your own learning and help you feel more clear about your progress through clarifying what is expected of you in both formative and summative assessments.
Statement of Feedback
Regular labs allow you to engage with the electronic interfacing and programming material and receive verbal help and feedback on your coding and design. Feedback will be provided throughout practical sessions by practical supervisors. This is also an opportunity to ask questions.
Emails to the Module Staff with Questions / Comments will be answered as soon as possible.
Weekly Meetings with the group’s Supervisor allows regular progress to be tracked, problems ironed out, questions to be asked, and plans to be made and checked. Feedback is also provided by second supervisors responding to weekly reports.
You will receive a customised feedback sheet, showing the mark breakdown in each of the key areas being assessed:
For the Initial Report (Group): Product idea & Design; Specification; Group Organisation; Report quality.
For the Interim Presentation (Group): Quality of presentation; Demonstration of group work and cooperation; Artists’ impressions of final product; Answers to Questions.
For the Final Report (Individual): Detailed description of Product idea, Design and Specification; Descriptions of Individual Contributions; Critical Analysis of Group Organisation; Overall Report quality.
For the Demonstration Video (Group): Effective demonstration of working (or partially working) product; Video scripting, production & editing quality;
For each assignment, personalised feedback is given along with suggestions for improvement. The comments explain how well you have met the learning objectives, and also give you feedback about the things you could improve in future assignments.
'Feedback’ at a university level can be understood as any part of the learning process which is designed to guide your progress through your degree programme. We aim to help you reflect on your own learning and help you feel more clear about your progress through clarifying what is expected of you in both formative and summative assessments. A comprehensive guide to feedback and to forms of feedback is available in the Guide to Assessment Standards, Marking and Feedback.
The School of PET aims to provide some form of feedback on all formative and summative assessments that are carried out during the degree programme. In general, feedback on any written work/assignments undertaken will be sufficient so as to indicate the nature of the changes needed in order to improve the work. The School will endeavour to return all exam feedback within the timescale set out in the University's Policy on Assessment Feedback Turnaround Time. The School would normally expect to adhere to the times given, however, it is possible that exceptional circumstances may delay feedback. The School will endeavour to keep such delays to a minimum. Please note that any marks released are subject to ratification by the Board of Examiners and Senate. Meetings at the start/end of each term provide you with an opportunity to discuss and reflect with your supervisor on your overall performance to date.
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