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 Coursework 50%, Practical 50%
Supplementary assessment Coursework only: technical report



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

Learning outcomes

After successfully completing this unit students should be able to:

  • design, critically appraise and validate robotic systems hardware and platforms
  • compare, contrast and evaluate practical robotic platform design techniques and technologies
  • use a range of established and new techniques to design robotic platforms


  • Numeracy: design robotic systems
  • Using IT effectively: simulators and design tools
  • Research and analysis: evaluating designs critically
  • Communication: report writing
  • Independent working
  • Problem solving


  • land based robotic platforms such as tracks and wheels,
  • marine based robotic platforms
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) such as multi-rotor and fixed wing platforms
  • autopilot hardware with positioning sensors to provide basic control of robotics hardware