Mechanics of Mechanisms and Robots (H7120)

15 credits, Level 5

Autumn teaching

The module will cover the analysis of motion of solid bodies under the action of forces. Starting with Newton’s laws the motion of particles, solid bodies and assemblies will be analysed. The study of the fundamental types of motion of free solids will form the basis for the analysis of motion of mechanisms. Relative motion in an assembly will be studied from the perspective of relative trajectory, velocity and acceleration in systems typical to robotic systems. Design and motion analysis of mechanisms and robots will be covered and an introduction to dynamic analysis of robots will be studied.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 60 hours of contact time and about 90 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: