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MEC8026 : Robotics (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr John Hedley
  • Demonstrator: Dr Zhongxu Hu
  • Lecturer: Dr Harriet Grigg
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


This module aims to equip students with a knowledge and understanding of industrial and mobile robots, including other key components and software which make up robotic systems. This will enable them to best specify and apply robotic systems to industrial applications. The module covers a wide range of topics in the field of robotics, including the historical development of robots in the context of industrial applications and mobile robots. Robot kinematics are analysed and related design principles are introduced, including sensor/control systems.

Outline Of Syllabus

- Brief history of industrial robotics, definitions and standard configurations
- Design of robot manipulators including controller architectures
- Kinematics of manipulators arms
- Trajectory control, on-line and off-line programming methods, modelling and simulation
- Application of robots in industry, i.e. handling, welding, assembly, mobile vehicles
- Task planning and safety
- Introduction to the design and configuration of mobile robots, controller architectures and applications
- Kinematics and trajectory control of mobile robots, including modelling and simulation
- Sensor control of mobile robots for localisation, navigation and obstacle avoidance

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:302:30End of semester examination
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion119:3019:30Recommended revision for exams, assuming prior regular independent study throughout teaching
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture361:0036:00Tutorials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture122:0024:00Structured presentation of syllabus may inc. skills demo, formative feedback etc.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Class test.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study136:0036:00Additional tutorial work
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study180:0080:00Recommended regular personal study to follow up taught classes
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

- Lectures and seminars convey the underlying engineering science and the approaches required to apply this to the discipline-specific problems identified.
- Tutorials support the students' self study in reading around the lecture material and learning to solve the practical engineering problems posed by the Tutorial Questions.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination801A30N/A
Written Examination601A10N/A
Written Examination601A10N/A
PC Examination601A20Numbas exam
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1A30N/A
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

- The examinations are an appropriate way to assess both theoretical understanding and practical problem solving skills under time-constraint as required in industry.

For the purposes of professional body accreditation, in order to obtain a passing mark overall for this module (50%) at the first attempt the minimum acceptable mark for each of the assessment items specified below shall be 35%, with the maximum possible module overall mark where this is not the case being restricted to 40%

(1) 100% Exam

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