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Robotics Systems (MCEN90028)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeMCEN90028
Semester 1
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The subject aims to introduce the students to the automation technologies, specifically: robotics and process automation. The use of robots and automated systems in carrying out various tasks will be discussed and the fundamental computational techniques associated with the operation of a robotic manipulator and a general automated system will be introduced. The subject will familiarise the students with the roles, strengths, and capabilities of robotics and automation technologies, as well as how to achieve the said capabilities.


Robotics: manipulator kinematics, including inverse and direct kinematics, manipulator velocity and static forces, trajectory planning, manipulator dynamics, linear control of manipulators and robot designs and robotic programming.

Intended learning outcomes

Having completed this unit the student is expected to have the skills to:

  • Possess the fundamental understanding of the design, kinematics and dynamics aspects of a serial manipulator
  • Demonstrate the understanding of the practical aspects of the implementation and deployment of a robotic automation system
  • Demonstrate the ability to numerically verify their robotic motion planning and control algorithm prior to physical experimentation
  • Gain the appreciation of the socio-economic role and impact of robotic and automation technology in the modern society.

Generic skills

On completion of this subject students should have the following skills:

  • Critical thinking and critical judgement of assumptions adopted
  • Abstract mathematical reasoning
  • Interpretation and analysis of data
  • Application of theory to practice
  • Ability to utilise a systems approach to design and operational performance
  • Ability to apply knowledge of basic science and engineering fundamentals
  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution
  • Able to clearly communicate the process and outcomes of a technical investigation.

Last updated: 21 September 2019