• Offered by School of Engineering
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering Computing & Cybernetics
  • Course subject Engineering
  • Areas of interest Engineering
  • Work Integrated Learning Projects
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Tim Molloy
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2023
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  • STEM Course

This course provides an introduction to modern robotics. The focus is on robot kinematics, sensing techniques, localization, navigation, mapping and planning. Topics to be covered include robot spatial configuration, homogeneous coordinate transformation, mobile robot locomotion, mobile robot kinematics, robot motion control, sensors and perception, navigation and path planning, robot localization, simultaneous localization and mapping SLAM, robotic system architecture.

The applied component of the course includes experimental work with a programmable mobile robotic platform equipped with sensors. The project aims at integrating sensor measurements to build a representation of the environment and perform a robotic task.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Discuss the history, concepts and key components of robotics technologies.
  2. Describe and compare various robot sensors and their perception principles that enable a robot to analyse their environment, reason and take appropriate actions toward the given goal.
  3. Analyse and solve problems in spatial coordinate representation and spatial transformation, robotlocomotion, kinematics, motion control, localization and mapping, navigation and path planning.
  4. Apply and demonstrate the learned knowledge and skills in practical robotics applications.
  5. Critically appraise current research literature and conduct experiments with state of the art robotic algorithms on a robotic platform.
  6. Effectively communicate engineering concepts and design decisions using a range of media.

Work Integrated Learning


In this course, you will undertake an individual project. The project aims at integrating sensor measurements to build a representation of the environment and perform a robotic task.

Other Information

Professional Skills Mapping:

Mapping of Learning Outcomes to Assessment and Professional Competencies

Indicative Assessment

  1. Practical Labs (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
  2. Final Project (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
  3. Final Exam (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]

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3 x 1 hour lecture. 1 hour tutorial, 3 hours lab time, 2 hours independent study time - per week

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying Master of Engineering or Master of Machine Learning and Computer Vision. Incompatible with ENGN4627.

Prescribed Texts

M. Spong, S. Hutchinson and M. Vidyasager, Robot Modelling and Control, Wiley, 2006.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $4860
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $6180
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5275 24 Jul 2023 31 Jul 2023 31 Aug 2023 27 Oct 2023 In Person View

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