MEng Mechatronic Engineering with Industrial Experience

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Robotic Manipulators

Course unit fact file
Unit code EEEN42012
Credit rating 15
Unit level Level 4
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Available as a free choice unit? No


This unit introduces students to the field of robotic manipulation, which is widely used in several application areas, from manufacturing to surgery, agriculture to social care.  Manipulators allow robots to interact with their environment and are critical to their full potential to assist humans with tasks.  Students will learn how to create kinematic and dynamic models for manipulators before developing a range of controllers to enable them to complete tasks.



Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Control Systems I EEEN20252 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
Control Systems II EEEN30232 Pre-Requisite Compulsory


The unit aims to introduce students to the fundamental concepts underpinning robotic manipulators, from the principles of design of manipulators and end-effectsors to the modelling and control for various applications.

Learning outcomes

ILO 1 Describe the key components of a robotic manipulator and evaluate the effectiveness of end-effectors for a given task. (Developed and Assessed)

ILO2 Formulate kinematic and dynamic models for robotic manipulators. (Developed and Assessed)

ILO3 Design and implement appropriate closed-loop controllers for robotic manipulator tasks. (Developed and Assessed)

ILO4 Analyse the control system performance against appropriate metrics.(Developed and Assessed)

ILO5 Present scientific data to professional engineering and/or lay-audiences (Assessed)

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Other 50%
Written exam 50%

2 hour exam.

Continuous assessment through weekly synchronous simulation activities.

Feedback methods

Department feedback after the Exam Board (written exam)

In-session or 1 week after submission (continuous assessment)

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 32
Practical classes & workshops 15
Tutorials 12
Independent study hours
Independent study 91

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Alexandru Stancu Unit coordinator

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