Learn About Robotics
Robots are a part of our lives and have many uses from education to exploration, and diffusing bombs to potting crop plants. With advances in technology, robotics is an ever-expanding field and there are opportunities for people to be involved in the design, construction, and operation of robots. This course provides a solid foundation into this intriguing field.
There are 8 lessons in this course, each requiring approximately 12 hours of work including reading, additional research, completing the set tasks and assignments.
The content of each of the eight lessons is as outlined below:
1. Types of Robots
2. Robotic Actuators
3. Robotic Sensors
4. Power Supply & Control Systems
7. Robot Maintenance
The Study of Robotics
Although we often think about robots as being a new thing, modern robots have been with us since the 1950s. We can go back much farther into history to find the first mechanical robots. The Greek scientist and philosopher, Archytas of Tartentum, is credited with developing a steam-powered robot called “the pigeon” which dates to the 4th century BC.
In recent times robots many robots are still mechanical, but they are combined with artificial intelligence to make them capable of much more sophisticated tasks. Robotics has drawn together the fields of engineering and computer science. Robots have been put to a multitude of uses and there are may applications where it is impossible for humans to undertake the tasks (e.g. exploring craters), too expensive (e.g. space exploration) or too dangerous (e.g. looking for landmines).
Robots have become more common in our daily lives and are going to play an even bigger role in the future. Although the thought of an unmanned robot that can hold a conversation with a human can seem a little otherworldly, if you understand the basics of robotics it is really not that much of a stretch to make sense of this fascinating field of enquiry.
What You Will Learn
This course takes you through robotics to familiarise you with:
Classification of robot types – benefits, drawbacks & applications
Components of robots
Types of actuators which convert energy into movement - benefits, drawbacks & applications
Types of sensors used to trigger robot actions
Ways to power robots and different control systems
Movement of robots and configuration in space
Artificial intelligence and robot autonomy
Maintenance including repair and replacement of parts
Different types of applications – logistics, manufacturing, transport, healthcare, defence, space, education, around the home
This course provides students with a thorough introduction to robotics to help in jobs where a deeper understanding of robotics is beneficial or to stimulate further study and research.
Who Will Benefit from this Course?
Robots are not here to take away jobs but to make jobs easier and our lives more fulfilling. Anyone who works in environments alongside robots or who relies on robots in some way or another can benefit from learning more about them.
This course is intended to appeal to people in different industries such as – robotics, mechanical engineering, computer science, IT, space science, industrial design, machinery design, manufacturing, agriculture, other industries where there is considerable reliance on robots.
It may also appeal to enthusiasts who just wish to know more about the function and use of robots in the modern world.