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H63RDC Robotics, Dynamics and Control
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  17/18

Total Credits: 10

Level: Level 3

Target Students:  Year 3 Mechatronics Engineering Students [Compulsory] M.Eng & M.Sc. Electrical & Electronic [Optional]

Taught Semesters:

Spring Assessed by end of Spring Semester 

Prerequisites: Good understanding of differential equations and matrix algebra

H63CSD Control Systems Design 

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  This module gives and Introduction to electromechanical fundamentals in robotics, and introduces students to: Direct Kinematics, Inverse Kinematics, Workspace analysis and trajectory planning, Manipulator Dynamics (Lagrange, Lagrange-Euler, and Newton-Euler) and Robot Control

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 12 weeks1 per week2 hours
Lecture 12 weeks1 per week1 hour

Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester

Method of Assessment: 

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Exam 1 80 2-hour exam 
Coursework 1 20 Laboratory Report -10 pages 

Dr S Greedy

Education Aims:  The module aims to introduce students to fundamental concepts in robotics such as Direct and Inverse Kinematics, Workspace and trajectory planning. The module also aims to introduce basic Robot modelling and control.

Learning Outcomes:  

  • Knowledge of fundamental concepts in robot design and application.
  • Ability to derive the homogenous transformation matrices for multi-degrees of freedom robotic systems.
  • Ability to model the kinematic chains of robotic manipulators.
  • Ability to analyse the kinematic chains to solve for the inverse kinematics.
  • Ability to implement and relate theoretical analysis to physical observations of robotic systems.

    Offering School:  Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering

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