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Automation and Robotics


The importance of Automation & Robotics has increased rapidly as companies respond to competitive pressures by seeking the increased productivity and improving quality it offers. This course module explains the techniques and applications of Automation, with particular reference to the emerging field of Robotics. The module is taught by a wide range of experienced engineers and includes a day of hands on training on robots, vision systems, pneumatics and PLCs.


On completion, participants will be capable of:

  1. Systematically apply sensors to automation applications

  2. Hypothesise capabilities, limitations and future trends in automation systems to conceptually plan safe automated installations

  3. Evaluate the design of products for automated processes and assembly


  • Principles and methods of automatic assembly.
  • Robot technology and applications
  • Design concepts for automation including safety issues and risk assessment.
  • Programmable Logic Controllers
  • Robot programming using kinematic simulation
  • Automated materials handling and storage
  • Machine Vision & Sensors for Automation


3500 word post module assignment (100% weighting)


1 week, including 20.5 hours of lectures, 20.5 hours of practical classess

Please note: the details of this module are correct for the current year of study and may be subject to change for future years.