Academic year 2018/19
Owning department Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering
Credits 6
Notional study hours 120
Level FHEQ level 7
Period Semester 1
Assessment summary Examination 100%
Supplementary assessment Written examination only



  • To introduce students to the key elements of autonomous systems design
  • To introduce key concepts in understanding, designing and critically appraising autonomous systems
  • To provide key skills in implementing autonomous systems

Learning outcomes

After successfully completing this unit students should be able to:

  • Design, validate and critically appraise autonomous systems
  • Compare, contrast and evaluate autonomous systems design techniques and technologies
  • Use a range of established and new techniques to design autonomous systems


  • Numeracy: design digital system
  • Using IT effectively: simulators and design tools
  • Research and analysis: evaluating designs critically
  • Independent working
  • Problem solving


  • Autonomy and control algorithms
  • Advanced automation
  • Safety and fault tolerance
  • Guidance, navigation, command and control
  • Intelligent systems (e.g. sense and avoid, sense and follow)
  • Power optimisation: energy storage and management for vehicle platforms
  • Sensing technologies: object detection and recognition
  • Basic imaging and signal processing