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Robotics - ELE00103M

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  • Department: Electronic Engineering
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Mark Post
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2019-20

Module aims

Subject content aims:

  • To introduce the basic concepts involved in measuring and controlling position and motion for both mobile and fixed-arm robotic systems.
  • To explore the challenges and solutions involved in using robots in both the manufacturing and service industries, and for field applications.
  • To examine the use of different forms of sensors and their use for the purposes of orientation control and navigation.
  • To develop knowledge and fluency in the use of mathematical descriptions of position, orientation, and forces involved in robot control, and to illustrate these concepts via MATLAB examples.

Graduate skills aims:

  • To develop critical skills in the selection, adaptation and application of appropriate numeric and algebraic techniques

Module learning outcomes

Subject content learning outcomes

After successful completion of this module, students will:

  • Understand the component parts and properties of a range of fixed arm robotic systems and mobile (land, water and aerial) robots, and of the challenges involved in using such systems in real-world application contexts
  • Understand the use of multiple sensor technologies and the use of the resultant data for purposes such as controlling movement, path planning, navigation and collision/damage avoidance
  • Have competence with the mathematical tools and coordinate systems required to represent position, orientation, pose and motion/forces for a range of types of robotic systems
  • Be able to use software tools for the analysis of robotic systems

Graduate skills learning outcomes

After successful completion of this module, students will:

  • Be able to express advanced technical concepts concisely and accurately and comment on their applications, limitations and implications
  • Be able to select, adapt and apply a range of mathematical techniques to solve advanced problems and explain the implications of the answer


Task Length % of module mark
University - closed examination
2 hours 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
University - closed examination
2 hours 100

Module feedback

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Indicative reading

Peter Corke - Robotics, Vision and Control (2011), Springer, ISBN: 978-3-642-20143-1

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