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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Mobile Robotics
Module Code EE303
School School of Electronic Engineering
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Jennifer Bruton
Semester 2: Jennifer Bruton
Autumn: Jennifer Bruton
Module TeachersJennifer Bruton
Noel O'Connor
Patricia Moore
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
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INACTIVE - The aim of this module is to expose students to the practical engineering tools and techniques involved in developing a complete, functional, microprocessor based system or product. This is achieved via a team-based module, in which each team must design, construct, demonstrate and document a microprocessor based mobile robot.

Learning Outcomes

1. Work as a member of a small team, to complete a joint project.
2. Design and construct a suitable hardware configuration, including mechanics, sensors, actuators, hardware interfaces and the embedded microprocessor system.
3. Design and code all required control software.
4. Integrate, test and debug all components to yield a functional mobile robot.
5. Draft an agreed, joint, technical report on the project.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Laboratory54No Description
Tutorial6No Description
Independent Study65No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

System Analysis and Design
Decomposition into Mechanical, Electrical, Electronic and Software subsystems.

Mechanical Prototyping
Wheel arrangements; kinematics; prototype construction systems.

Software Prototyping
Assembly, compilation, linkage, interpretation; cross-development; debug tools and techniques

Hardware and software interfacing; proximity detectors; microswitches; shaft encoders battery level detection.

DC motor characteristics; hardware and software interfacing;

System Integration
Module level test; integration test and debug.

Types, organisation and objectives of documentation; specification and implementation; graphical techniques; computer aided tools.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Group assignmentn/a40%
Report(s)Individual progress reports10%
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 2
Indicative Reading List

  • Joseph L. Jones, Anita M. Flynn.: 1993, Mobile Robots: Inspiration to Implementation, Massachusetts: A.K. Peters,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
ECEBEng Electronic & Computer Engineering
ECSAStudy Abroad (Engineering & Computing)
ECSAOStudy Abroad (Engineering & Computing)
MEB.Eng. in Mechatronic Engineering
MEIB.Eng in Mechatronic Engineering
Date of Last Revision09-JAN-06

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