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Unit information: FARSCOPE First Dissertation in 2015/16

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Unit name FARSCOPE First Dissertation
Unit code EMATM0020
Credit points 80
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Professor. Rossiter
Open unit status Not open

Robotics Mechanics and Programming; Robotics Research Preparation



School/department Department of Aerospace Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


Extended individual research project on specialist topic in robotics and autonomous systems. Topics initiated by “call for projects” issued to students, industrial partners and supervisors, then refined through discussions to promote collaboration where appropriate. Project allocation according to student preference survey.

Intended learning outcomes

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

  1. Perform individual, original research in the field of robotics and autonomous systems.
  2. Present research findings in written, oral, and poster formats.
  3. Plan, execute and manage an extended piece of research.

Teaching details

This unit is primarily experiential. After an initial introduction to the problem, students will manage their own activities, with staff on-call support during timetabled laboratory periods.

Assessment Details

  • 25% : interim assessment presentation (approx. 15 minutes) of project plan and initial findings to assessor (formative)
  • 20% : individual viva with two assessors from the CDT supervisor college (formative and summative)
  • 45% : dissertation (approx 10,000 words) (summative)
  • 10% : poster

Reading and References

To be determined by the department