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Unit information: Group Project in Biorobotics in 2021/22

Unit name Group Project in Biorobotics
Unit code EMATM0063
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Hauert
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Engineering Mathematics
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

This group project aims to develop the student’s interest in and knowledge and understanding of Biorobotics. Students will work in cross-disciplinary groups to solve a global challenge provided by a stakeholder (academia, industry, government, NGO). Biorobotic solutions will be imagined and implemented by the students using skills gained on the Biorobotics programme. Social and ethical considerations will be embedded throughout the project.

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.
  • Identify the state-of-the-art in biorobotics related to a specific challenge.
  • Construct and evaluate biorobotic solutions.
  • 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 the unit director, with a mix of short lectures, guided activities, and open time to progress the project within a weekly timetabled session.

Assessment Information

  • Assessment 1 (20%) - Project pitch: Exploration of application areas / grand challenges. Selection of a challenge to work on for term 2 and outline of a project plan (2 pages).
  • Assessment 2 (20%) - State-of-the-art: presentation of the latest research in the field of the chosen project (blog post).
  • Formative peer assessment - Robots and society: Ethical and societal dimension of the project proposed (2 pages).
  • Assessment 4 (30%) - Demonstration: Live prototype demonstration (short video).
  • Assessment 5 (30%) - Project presentation: Presentation of the project to the stakeholder in a short video (short video).


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How much time the unit requires
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