TRC4800 - Robotics - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Chief examiner(s)

Professor Chris Davies


Dr Chao Chen (Clayton)
Dr S Parasuraman (Malaysia)

Unit guides



  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)


  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)


TRC3600 or MEC3457




The unit will cover fundamentals of robotics and robotic automation. The contents include: Spatial descriptions and transformations, manipulator forward and inverse kinematics, differential relationships and the Jacobian. Manipulator dynamics. Problem specification and solution preparation. Manipulator and end-effector configuration and design. Manipulator position control, involving sensing and actuation. Robotics in manufacturing and automation. Task Planning and techniques for modelling, simulation and programming of robotic tasks. Computational geometry for design and manufacture. Introduction to autonomous systems.


At the successful completion of this unit you will be able to:

  1. Analyse problems of direct and inverse kinematics.
  2. Generate robotic dynamics models by using both Lagrangian formula and New-Euler equations.
  3. Design linear and nonlinear motion controllers and force controllers.
  4. Design robotic tasks using methods of path planning and kinematics.
  5. Appraise the design and performance of serial robotic manipulators in terms of kinematics, workspace and dynamics.


Continuous assessment: 40%

Final Examination (2 hours): 60%

Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

Workload requirements

3 hours lectures, 3 hours laboratories/tutorials and 7 hours of private study per week

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