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Unit information: Robot Mechanics, Intelligence and Programming (UWE, UFMFPC-30-M) in 2021/22

Unit name Robot Mechanics, Intelligence and Programming (UWE, UFMFPC-30-M)
Unit code EMATM0014
Credit points 30
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Professor. Dogramadzi
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Engineering Mathematics
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

This unit is provided by UWE

This module focuses on three fundamental aspects of robots;

  • The mechanics of robot bodies; kinematic properties and algorithms
  • Intelligent control techniques
  • Programming

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

  • 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.
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the critical features of intelligent and adaptive systems, basic and compound architectures.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with commonly used tools and techniques to enable the efficient solution of mechanics and design problems.
  • Demonstrate management of information through finding, assessing and using technical literature and other information sources.

Teaching Information

Scheduled learning:

Sessions will include lectures (2 hours per week) and intensive workshops – practical sessions (4 hours per week).

Independent learning:

Includes hours engaged with essential reading, case study preparation, assignment preparation and completion etc. Students will be expected to spend about 150 hours outside of the scheduled times in these activities.

Assessment Information

This unit is assessed at the University of the West of England, please refer to the unit information provided by this partner university for the current assessment information.


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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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