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Unit information: Group Project in Aerial Robotics in 2021/22

Unit name Group Project in Aerial Robotics
Unit code AENGM0074
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Steve Bullock
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Aerospace Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

Each student will take part in a group project that addresses a course related challenge in robotics. These could be set by either course academics, stakeholder links or cross-disciplinary academic colleagues and developed in the lead-up to the project itself. Each project will be supervised by an academic supervisor. Modelling and simulation are expected, and where possible, hardware development will be encouraged.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the unit students will:

  • Liaise with academic, industry, and non-profit stakeholders to capture key project drivers and requirements.
  • Construct and evaluate system architecture models at appropriate levels of detail to inform analysis.
  • Systematically identify aspects of contextual analysis for the deployment of a new technology: political, economic, social, technological, legal, environmental (PESTLE) and ethical.
  • Synthesize conclusions and recommendations for future project directions.

Teaching Information

This unit is primarily experiential. All projects will be supervised by an academic and after an initial introduction to the problem, students will manage their own activities, with weekly supervisory meetings.

Assessment Information

  • Assessment 1 (20%) - Project pitch: Exploration of application areas / grand challenges. Selection of the challenge to work on and outline of the project plan. (4 pages)
  • Assessment 2 (30%) - State-of-the-art: Report outlining the latest research in the field of the chosen project. (Pages: dependent on group size)
  • Group Presentation or Video for the stakeholders – not formally assessed – but stake holder, peer and academic feedback will be provided.
  • Assessment 3 (50%) - Group project report including the ethical and societal dimensions. (Pages: dependent on group size)


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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