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Unit information: Robotics, Mechanics and Programming (UWE unit) in 2015/16

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Unit name Robotics, Mechanics and Programming (UWE unit)
Unit code EMATM0016
Credit points 15
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Professor. Richards
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Aerospace Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


This unit will be delivered at the University of the West of England (UWE). It will introduce students to fundamental mechanics and computing techniques in robotics.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of theories and techniques required to analyse and synthesise a robot manipulator for a variety of tasks including serial and parallel manipulators.
  2. Demonstrate programming skills and the importance of a risk-driven and test-focused approach to successful software development; levels of abstraction in software development; common reasons for failure in software projects, and mitigation techniques.
  3. Demonstrate familiarity with commonly used tools and techniques to enable the efficient solution of mechanics and design problems.

Teaching details

Programming will be covered in an intensive short course with live exercises. Kinematics will be covered in lectures and lab classes.

  • 1hrs/wk kinematics lectures
  • 2hrs/wk kinematics exercises
  • 24hrs programming course

Assessment Details

  • Online programming assessment (50%) (summative)
  • written exam on kinematics and control (50%) (summative)

Reading and References

  • J Craig (2005), Introduction to Robotics, Prentice Hall
  • JP Merlet Parallel Robots
  • Programming Python [Paperback] by Mark Lutz. Publisher: OReilly Media; 4 edition (October 15, 2010). ISBN-10: 0596158106
  • The C Programming Language (2nd Edition) [Paperback] by Brian W. Kernighan, * Dennis Ritchie, publ. 22 Mar 1988. ISBN-10: 0131103628