Engineering Systems & Robotics T3 EDUC4044

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Education
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

To introduce the concept of a practical engineering system and appreciate its importance as a subsystem within the overall manufacturing system or regime.
To demonstrate how areas of study within the course such as kinematics, dynamics, electrical engineering, electronics and computing are combined, using the example of a robot.
To familiarise students with the construction and application of robotic systems.
To consider in more detail the establishment of a manufacturing system with implications on costing, quality and reliability.

Timetable

Outline of learning sessions:
Lectures spread throughout the year.
Laboratory/workshops two hours per week beginning at the start of semester 1 and ending at the end of semester 2, with a break for school experience.

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

To introduce the concept of a practical engineering system and appreciate its importance as a subsystem within the overall manufacturing system or regime.
To demonstrate how areas of study within the course such as kinematics, dynamics, electrical engineering, electronics and computing are combined, using the example of a robot.
To familiarise students with the construction and application of robotic systems.
To consider in more detail the establishment of a manufacturing system with implications on costing, quality and reliability.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

The students will develop an understanding of the following concepts:-
Linear systems: Electrical, mechanical translation & rotation, electromechanical, fluid & heat flow, differential equations of system behaviour.
Properties of open and closed loop systems.
Block diagrams of feedback systems.
Input-output transfer functions and error signals.
Defining a robot.
Geometric configurations and work envelopes.
Robot grippers - types and applications.
Robot drive systems.
Robot applications - Interfacing, control and programming.
Sensing the environment.
Integration into an overall manufacturing system or environment.
Overview of manufacturing systems, production systems and automation, including the use of CAD / CAM, FMS, CIM.