Robotics and Automation Systems

Subject MCEN90028 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours of lectures, 24 hours of tutorials and laboratory work.
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2013

Plus one of the following -

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2013
Not offered in 2013
Not offered in 2013
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:

Subject Overview:

Robotics (18 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials and practical work) - manipulator kinematics, including inverse and direct kinematics, manipulator velocity and static forces, trajectory planning, manipulator dynamics, linear control of manipulators and robotic programming.

A1 and compution vision (8 hours of lectures and 3 hours of tutorials and practical work) vVision based systems in factory environment and robotics, connectionist and exper systems in automation.

Networked control and optimization (6 hours of lectures and 3 hours of tutorials and practical work) - concepts for the automated factory environment with networked stations and networked control, use of Ethernet, wireless technology and protocols, safety and security issues. Planning and scheduling of machine tools.


On completion of this subject, students should be able to -

  • Analyse and simulate the dynamic performance of robotic manipulators and machine tools
  • Undertake a systems analysis for a practical automation system
  • Specify software and hardware requirements
  • Integrate software, hardware and human components of an automation system
  • Make effective use of the relevant research literature

One 2 hour written examation (60%) at the end of semester;

Group and individual projects, assignments and lab reports of equal weight (not exceedng 5000 words each) (40%).

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
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
Related Course(s): Master of Philosophy - Engineering
Ph.D.- Engineering
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: B-ENG Mechanical Engineering stream
Master of Engineering (Mechanical)
Master of Engineering (Mechatronics)

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