Autonomous Vehicles (H7122)

15 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

This module introduces the concepts of autonomous vehicles focusing on control systems engineering issues related to decision making in autonomous operation. The module covers several topics including navigation, communication, path planning, obstacle avoidance, simultaneous localisation and mapping (SLAM), modelling and simulation of autonomous systems. Case studies demonstrating real world applications of the techniques used in the development and deployment of autonomous systems are also included in this module.


42%: Lecture
58%: Practical (Laboratory, Workshop)


50%: Coursework (Group presentation, Group submission (written))
50%: Examination (Computer-based examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 117 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. 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: