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Unit information: Robotics Research Technology and Methods in 2022/23

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Unit name Robotics Research Technology and Methods
Unit code EMATM0058
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Professor. Lepora
Open unit status Not open
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School/department Department of Engineering Mathematics
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Unit Information

Introduce all students to social, industrial and research context of robotics and autonomous systems, preparing students to perform independent research in these areas.

Your learning on this unit

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

  1. Critically evaluate social, legal, and ethical impact of the use of robotics and autonomous systems across a range of potential applications.
  2. Critically evaluate the economic and industrial impact of the use of robotics and autonomous systems across a range of potential applications.
  3. State a selection of technologies and research areas within the field of robotics and autonomous systems and describe their potential impact.
  4. Critically evaluate developments in robotics and autonomous systems
  5. Identify , access and interpret state-of-the-art research literature
  6. Communicate research findings, orally and in written form, to both specialist and general audiences.

How you will learn

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions, including lectures, practical activities supported by drop-in sessions, problem sheets and self-directed exercises.

How you will be assessed

2 x Summative Assessments, 100% - Coursework. These will assess all ILOs.


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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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