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RBT 101 - Introduction to Robotics, Experimental

Credits: 3
2 Lecture Hours 2 Lab Hours

This is a course providing an introduction to the fundamental categories of robotics. Topics include drones and unmanned aerial vehicles, autonomous ground robots, multi-axis industrial arms and programmable logic controllers. Emphasis is placed on operation of units and programming units to enable custom behavior.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Successfully and stably operate a drone around various obstacles in an open environment.
  2. Demonstrate essential safety practices for operating an unmanned aerial vehicle in a public space.
  3. Capture useful video and photographic data from drones that solves a real-world problem.
  4. Describe the components of feedback control systems and major sensors used for navigation.
  5. Implement an autonomous control system in a simulated environment.
  6. Deploy a control system on a robotic tracked or wheeled platform and refine based on observed behavior.
  7. Describe how robotic arms are used in automated production systems.
  8. Cite real-world examples of the safety principles and best-practices used in automated production lines.
  9. Program a multiple degree-of-freedom robotic arm to perform a repetitive task.
  10. Identify the main elements of ladder logic programs.
  11. Design and write logic programs for automation of manufacturing processes.
  12. Demonstrate the use of a programmable logic controller as part of an automated production system.
Listed Topics
  1. Drones
  2. Programmable Logic Controllers
  3. Robotic Arms
  4. Small-scale Autonomous Vehicles
Reference Materials
  1. Mini Quadcopter
  2. Robotic Arm Kit
  3. App-controlled Tracked Platform

No textbook. 

Students who successfully complete this course acquire general knowledge, skills and abilities that align with CCAC’s definition of an educated person. Specifically, this course fulfills these General Education Goals:
  • Information Literacy
  • Technological Competence

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