EEEN325 (2023) - Robotic Engineering
This course presents the principles of robotic and mechatronic design, construction and control. It covers both the theoretical and practical aspects of integrating mechanical, electronic and software components.
Course learning objectives
Students who pass this course should be able to:
- Interface a variety of sensors and actuators to an embedded processor (BE Graduate Attribute 3(b), 3(f)).
- Understand and apply mechanical theory and practice in a mechatronic/robotic setting (BE Graduate Attribute 3(a), 3(b), 3(c), 3(f)).
- Design and implement an integrated robotic system (BE Graduate Attribute 3(a), 3(b), 3(c), 3(d), 3(e), 3(f)).
- Use a variety of rapid prototyping techniques to develop a proof-of-concept robotic system (BE Graduate Attribute 3(f)).
- Implement a robotic control system using appropriate machine learning techniques (BE Graduate Attribute 3(a), 3(c), 3(e)).
This course is designed for in-person study, and students are strongly recommended to attend lectures, tutorials and labs on campus. In particular, some assessment items or practical hands-on labs will require in-person attendance, although exceptions can be made under special circumstances.
Queries about any such exceptions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Required Academic Background
Students should have microcontroller programming experience and an understanding of second year university electronics.
Withdrawal from Course
Withdrawal dates and process:
Prof Dale Carnegie (Coordinator)
- 04 463 9562
- FT92 202 92 Fairlie Terrace, Kelburn
This course is a combination of theoretical material and the practical applications of that material. As such, there is a combination of lectures (two per week), tutorials (approximately one per week) and three-hour laboratory sessions (one per week). These will be delivered over the duration of a normal trimester.
Dates (trimester, teaching & break dates)
- Teaching: 27 February 2023 - 02 June 2023
- Break: 10 April 2023 - 23 April 2023
- Study period: 05 June 2023 - 08 June 2023
- Exam period: 09 June 2023 - 24 June 2023
Set Texts and Recommended Readings
There are no required texts for this offering.
Mandatory Course Requirements
In addition to achieving an overall pass mark of at least 50%, students must:
- Achieve an average grade of at least 40% over the two tests.
- Achieve at least a D for the project.
If you believe that exceptional circumstances may prevent you from meeting the mandatory course requirements, contact the Course Coordinator for advice as soon as possible.
This course will be assessed through formative quizzes, laboratory exercises, two tests, two written assignments and a final practical design and implementation project.
|Assessment Item||Due Date or Test Date||CLO(s)||Percentage|
|Test 1 (1 hour).||week 8||CLO: 1,2,3||15%|
|Test 2 (1 hour).||week 12||CLO: 1,2,3||15%|
|Four formative 10-minute quizzes (worth 1.25% each)||weeks 3, 5, 7, 9||CLO: 1,2,3||5%|
|Sensor and electronics assignment (10 hours).||week 6||CLO: 1,2,3||15%|
|Mechanical and robotic assignment (10 hours).||week 11||CLO: 1,2,3||15%|
|Laboratory exercises (30 hours).||week 10||CLO: 1,3,4,5||15%|
|Practical Robotic/Mechatronic design and implementation project (20 hours).||week 12||CLO: 1,3,5||20%|
A 5% penalty per day an assessment item is late will be applied.
Requests for extensions should be made directly to the course lecturer responsible for that assessment item. The preferred mechanism is by direct email to either email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submission & Return
It is preferred that assessment is either emailed as a pdf directly to the course lecturer responsible for that assessment item either email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, hard copies of the assessment may be handed directly to the course lecturer. Due to the small number of students in the course, we will NOT be using the automated submission system.
Normally assessment will be returned within 2 weeks of the hand-in date. However, should there be numerous requests for extensions, or some other mitigating factors, this may be delayed. Students will be informed of any such delays at the earliest opportunity.
Student submitted work may be used during the formal Engineering NZ re-accreditation visit to VUW scheduled for 2024, as part of the evaluation process for the programme.
The student workload for this course is 150 hours.
Communication of Additional Information
This course uses Nuku. Course materials and other information will be posted on Nuku. Students should check Nuku regularly.
Links to General Course Information
- Academic Integrity and Plagiarism: https://www.wgtn.ac.nz/students/support/student-interest-and-conflict-resolution/academic-integrity
- Academic Progress: https://www.wgtn.ac.nz/students/study/progress/academic-progess (including restrictions and non-engagement)
- Dates and deadlines: https://www.wgtn.ac.nz/students/study/dates
- Grades: https://www.wgtn.ac.nz/students/study/progress/grades
- Special passes: Refer to the Assessment Handbook, at https://www.wgtn.ac.nz/documents/policy/staff-policy/assessment-handbook.pdf
- Statutes and policies, e.g. Student Conduct Statute: https://www.wgtn.ac.nz/about/governance/strategy
- Student support: https://www.wgtn.ac.nz/students/support
- Students with disabilities: https://www.wgtn.ac.nz/st_services/disability/
- Student Charter: https://www.wgtn.ac.nz/learning-teaching/learning-partnerships/student-charter
- Student Feedback on University courses may be found at: http://www.cad.vuw.ac.nz/feedback/feedback_display.php
- Terms and Conditions: https://www.wgtn.ac.nz/study/apply-enrol/terms-conditions/student-contract
- Turnitin: http://www.cad.vuw.ac.nz/wiki/index.php/Turnitin
- University structure: https://www.wgtn.ac.nz/about/governance/structure
- The Use of Te Reo Māori for Assessment Policy:
Victoria University values te reo Māori. Students who wish to submit any of their assessments in te reo Māori must refer to The Use of Te Reo Māori for Assessment Policy
He mea nui te reo Māori ki te Whare Wānanga o te Ūpoko o te Ika. Ki te pīrangi koe ki te tuhituhi i ō aro matawai i roto i te reo Māori, tēnā me mātua whakapā atu ki te kaupapa here, The Use of Te Reo Māori for Assessment Policy
- VUWSA: http://www.vuwsa.org.nz
Offering CRN: 34006
Prerequisites: EEEN 201
Restrictions: ECEN 301
Duration: 27 February 2023 - 25 June 2023
Starts: Trimester 1