Syllabus for Robot Mechanics



  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 1TE752
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Technology A1N

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle

    • G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    • G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    • G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    • GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

    Second cycle

    • A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    • A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    • AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2017-03-07
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2022-10-20
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Autumn 2023
  • Entry requirements:

    120 credits in science/engineering including Automatic Control I, Applied Mechanics II/Mechanics III, Scientific Computing for Data Analysis, Transform Methods, Linear Algebra II. Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6.

  • Responsible department: Department of Electrical Engineering

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course the student shall be able to:

  • give an overview of basic aspects of robots and robotics,
  • analyse the kinematics and dynamics of industrial robots as well as mobile robots taking into account experiments and simulations,
  • give an overview of different types of sensors and actuators for robots,
  • program a robot and analyse control systems for robots,
  • a general description of additional problems regarding mobile robots,
  • analyse different methods for motion control, positioning and navigation,
  • explain how vision can be introduced in robots and machines,
  • give an overview of basic elements such as robot joints and axles,
  • perform simulations and experiments, as well as orally and in writing, account for the results.


Introduction to robots and robotics. Kinematics and dynamics of robot arms and mobile robots, variables to describe rigid body motion in robotics. Introduction to sensors and actuators for robots. Programming robot systems and analysis of control systems for robots. Multiphysical tools for simulation of robots (robot studios). Introduction to mobile robots. Motion control. Methods for positioning and navigation. Seeing robots and machines. Presentation skills.


Lectures, theoretical and laborative exercises. Guest lectures or study visits illustrating current development within robot technology.


Written and oral presentation of laborative work (1 credit), peer audition of another student's report (1 credit), written examination (3 credits).

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.

Other directives

The course may not be included in a degree together with 1TE783 Robotics.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Autumn 2023

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Craig, John J. Introduction to robotics : mechanics and control

    3. ed.: Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Pearson/Prentice Hall, cop. 2005

    Find in the library


Robotics and automation handbook Kurfess, Thomas R. Boca Raton : CRC Press, cop. 2005 - 572 s. med var pag. ISBN:0-8493-1804-1 LIBRIS-ID:9484083