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Gain the robotics skills that are needed today and in the future

As robots gain more and more capabilities, they will play an increasingly prominent part in our everyday lives. Robotics is an area of technology seeing unprecedented growth.

The Introducing Robotics program from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) is made up of three online courses that build from theory to practice.

You’ll begin by exploring how we’re using robots to help solve big challenges in our society today, before considering what the future might hold for humans and robots alike.

You’ll become familiar with the mathematical knowledge and programming skills required to make robots move, and you’ll try out your skills in practical exercises.

Finally - you’ll put your skills into practice by building your own robot. You’ll design, build and program a simple robot arm, and you’ll be invited to share a video of your robot with learners around the world.

Accessible for free on desktop, tablet or mobile and delivered in bite-sized chunks, the courses provide a flexible way to develop your understanding of robotics.

When you complete all three courses and buy a Certificate of Achievement for each, you will earn a FutureLearn Award as proof of completing the program of study.

Courses

Complete 90% of each course and score an average of 70% or above on any tests within it, to be eligible to buy a Certificate of Achievement for it. Complete all courses and buy all Certificates, to receive a FutureLearn Award.

This program will require 9 weeks of learning and cost a total of £177.00 + shipping.

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Learn with renowned robotics experts

The Introducing Robotics program has been developed by Professor Peter Corke, Director of the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision (ACRV) at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). The ACRV is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence - bringing together Australia’s top researchers in computer vision and robotics.

Learning outcomes

The Introducing Robotics program is open to anyone with an interest in robotics and a desire to understand how to program robots to make them do useful tasks.

By the end of the program, you will be able to:

  • explain what robots are and what they can do;
  • knowledgeably discuss the ethical considerations of using robots to help solve societal challenges;
  • reflect on the future role and development of robotics in human society;
  • describe mathematically the position and orientation of objects and how they move;
  • describe mathematically the relationship between robot joint coordinates and robot tool pose;
  • apply the mathematical, algorithmic and control principles of robot arm manipulators to implement a working robot through physical construction and software development.