Robotics and Automated Systems are at the core of the strategic direction for many global industries. Companies are developing robotic and autonomous solutions and products, but need graduate engineers with the expertise to define the technology. The aim of this new course is to provide core skills and knowledge to enable students to understand the fundamental processes and techniques in autonomous systems, blending subjects such as, electronics, control, manufacturing principles, and mechanics. It combines theoretical and practical engineering principles, with application to real industrial problems. 

You will study the following modules 

Engineering Mathematics
Mathematical analytical skills are critical to your future career as an Engineer and this module will enable you to acquire a deeper understanding of how these skills will be applied in a range of engineering applications. We will support you in acquiring competence and confidence in carrying out mathematical calculations applied to an Engineering context. 

Introduction to Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs)
The programmable logic controller has revolutionised the automation industry and today PLCs can be found in everything from manufacturing equipment to vending machines. In this unit, you will develop an understanding of the evolution, types and applications of PLCs, learn how to select and develop a PLC system, integrate features of functional safety based on their understanding of risk management, and evaluate the wide range of communication technologies available on modern PLCs. 

Pneumatic and Hydraulic Systems
Pneumatic and hydraulic systems involve the transmission of force and motion through a fluid and such systems are to be found in transport, manufacturing, mechanical handling and process control. This unit aims to extend your  understanding of pneumatic and hydraulic fluid power systems and their modern industrial applications and enable them to design fluid power circuits. You will study circuit symbols and diagrams and consider circuit designs. You will also examine the characteristics and selection of components and equipment and evaluate relevant industrial applications. 

Engineering Principles
This module will introduce the key concepts of mechanics, fluids, electrical principles and heat transfer by starting with first principles and building upon these to develop an understanding of the fundamental areas of engineering science. There is a strong emphasis on practical work, including experiments involving both mechanical and electrical systems. 

Introduction to Robotics
This module will introduce the basics of sensors, actuators, path planning, kinematics, dynamics and control in the context of robotic systems. In particular it focuses on the theoretical design aspects of industrial robot manipulators as well as  allowing you to develop a detailed appreciation of the implementation of control and path planning techniques in the context of robot manipulators. 

Introduction to Mechatronics
With technological advances in systems such as manufacturing production lines, automated baggage handling systems and car cruise control, the use of mechanical/electrical systems has become part of our everyday lives. Topics included in this unit will include consideration of component compatibility, constraints on size and cost, control devices used, British and/or European standards relevant to application, sensor types and interfacing, simulation and modelling software functions, system function and operation, advantages and disadvantages of software simulation, component data sheets, systems drawings, flowcharts, wiring and schematic diagrams. 

Building Talent Together

This particular course represents a pathway to further progression towards higher level qualifications that are run by the South Coast Institute of Technology.

The South Coast Institute of Technology is a collaboration of five further education colleges and two universities. We work with well known employers to deliver industry-led courses which fill skills gaps and support the economic growth of the South Coast. You can read more about the South Coast Institute of Technology by clicking the button below. South Coast IoT

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