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Unit Overview


This unit provides students with specialist knowledge and skills for the design and planning of industrial production, automation processes and the use of robot manipulators. Different techniques and methods are covered, including industrial communication protocols, reliability and safety modelling, sensor and actuator selection and control, and redundancy measures. Control and programming of common robot manipulators is a central part of this unit. Students will learn the theory of manipulators and automation systems and gain practical industrial robot skills from simulation and real robot and automation equipment. The unit further covers industrial application areas, pick-and-place, serial and parallel manipulator types, forward and inverse kinematics, motion equations, homogeneous coordinates and manipulator / automation programming

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 4 core unit in the Automation and Robotics Engineering major sequence
  • Level 4 option in the Mechanical Engineering major sequence

Students are able to (1) explain the theory, applications and limitations of industry-standard automation and robot manipulator techniques and methods; (2) design an automation system with robot manipulators to satisfy given operating requirements; (3) develop efficient code and algorithms for robot manipulation and automation systems; and (4) deploy, test, debug and optimize a robot manipulator solution on a real robot.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) laboratories; (2) project; and (3) mid-semester examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Thomas Braunl
Unit rules
Enrolment in
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
and Successful completion of 96 points and
( CITS1001 Software Engineering with Java
or CITX1001 Software Engineering with Java
or CITS1401 Computational Thinking with Python
or CITX1401 Computational Thinking with Python
or CITS2401 Computer Analysis and Visualisation
MECH3001 Mechanisms and Machines
or ELEC3020 Embedded Systems
Advisable prior study
ELEC3020 Digital Embedded Systems (ID 8032)
or ENSC3020 Digital Embedded Systems (ID 5982)
Contact hours
4 hours per week
Enrolment in this unit in 2023 is by special approval only
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