The details
Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (School of)
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 5
Sunday 17 January 2021
Friday 26 March 2021
29 July 2020


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BENGH615 Robotic Engineering,
BENGH616 Robotic Engineering (Including Year Abroad),
BENGH617 Robotic Engineering (Including Placement Year),
BENGH730 Mechatronic Systems,
BENGH731 Mechatronic Systems (Including Year Abroad),
BENGH732 Mechatronic Systems (Including Placement Year),
BSC H717 Robotics

Module description

This module introduces the essential principles of robotics and provides practical experience in their programming. Students will understand the importance of sensory inputs, fundamentals of control, localisation & navigation, and construct & program a robot to perform a range of tasks.

Module aims

The aims of this module are to introduce the essential principles of robotics, and to provide practical experience in programming mobile robots for their potential applications in the real world.

Module learning outcomes

After completing this module, students will be expected to be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the objectives and difficulties of robot programming.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of processing sensory inputs.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of fundamental principles of control.
4. Program robots to perform a range of tasks.
5. Explain robot localisation and navigation.

Module information

Outline Syllabus

. Introduction to robotics
A brief history of robotics
Lego robots

. Design, construction, and programming of Lego robots
Programming Lego brick
Designing sensory-motor behaviours

. Robot perception
Sonar sensors, time-of-flight ranging
Optical encoders
Processing, interpreting, and acting upon sensory inputs.

. Motion control
Control of motors
Wheeled mobile robot locomotion
Fundamental principles of control

. Localisation and navigation
Local and global map building

. Robot behaviours

Learning and teaching methods

Lectures and Labs


This module does not appear to have any essential texts. To see non-essential items, please refer to the module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Assignment 1 Trajectory Tracking Robot     50% 
Coursework   Assignment 2 Robot Navigation     50% 
Exam  120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main) 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
40% 60%


Coursework Exam
40% 60%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Prof Dongbing Gu, email: dgu@essex.ac.uk.
Professor Dongbing Gu, Professor John Gan
CSEE School Office, email: csee-schooloffice (non-Essex users should add @essex.ac.uk to create full e-mail address), Telephone 01206 872770



External examiner

Dr Robert John Watson
University of Bath
Senior Lecturer
Available via Moodle
Of 56 hours, 20 (35.7%) hours available to students:
36 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information

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