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Falmouth University

Robotics with Professional Practice

UCAS Code: I491

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


We welcome A Levels in a wide range of subjects, especially in those relevant to the course for which you apply.

We may consider a standalone AS in a relevant subject, if it is taken along with other A Levels and if an A Level has not been taken in the same subject. However, you will not be disadvantaged if you do not have a standalone AS subject as we will not ordinarily use them in our offers.

60 credits (with a minimum of 45 credits achieved at level 3) in a relevant subject.

A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

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A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points

A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications

A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications

A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points

A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points

UCAS Tariff

104-120

A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points, primarily from Level 3 equivalent qualifications, such as A levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma, or current, relevant experience. Grade 4 (or C) or above in GCSE English Language, or equivalent, is a minimum language requirement for all applicants. Due to the creative nature of our courses, you will be considered on your own individual merit and potential to succeed on your chosen course. Please contact the Applicant Services team for advice if you are predicted UCAS points below this range, or if you have questions about the qualifications or experience you have.

a minimum of 40 UCAS tariff points, when combined with a minimum of 64 UCAS tariff points from the Supporting Qualifications

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time with year in industry | 2021

Subject

Intelligent systems

You’ll build interactive robots that respond to the rapid growth of the Internet of Things and the global market for smart devices. Challenged with exciting opportunities, you’ll learn how to design engaging human-robot interactions and build working prototypes.

Taking a creative and humanistic approach, this degree will challenge you to integrate physical computing with human-centred design. After establishing a firm foundation in developing software and hardware, you'll apply your skills to both individual projects and major collaborations.

You will:
Apply your skills to inspiring projects spanning creative and technical domains, on briefs set by industry partners.
Build robots that interact with people and environments in novel and interesting ways.
Develop an understanding of the societal and cultural context for robotics and the implications for the design, engineering, deployment and adoption of robotic technologies.
Implement robotic systems that leverage the state-of-the-art in artificial intelligence.
Obtain a mastery of programming and physical fabrication by working on practical problems in a bespoke social robotics lab.
Choose between a three-year degree or a four-year degree with a year of professional practice. While you must select one for your UCAS application, you’ll have the chance to change your decision up to the end of your second year.

This course option is a 4-year sandwich course

Modules

From gaining specialist knowledge of artificial intelligence and human-robot interactions to building robots using modern design and fabrication tools, you'll learn to thrive in this ever-evolving sector. You'll then finish your degree by collaborating with multi-skilled peers on a major practical project.

Year one:
During the first year of your Creative Robotics degree, you'll be introduced to the foundational discipline of computing, the practicalities of programming and computer technology, and the pipelines and processes used to create interactive experiences. You'll also learn about the various branches of media computation and physical computing and how software interacts with hardware.

You'll then embark on a multi-disciplinary development project alongside artists, animators, composers, designers, and writers. This project will give you a practical understanding of engineering processes, as well as the opportunity to integrate social robotics into a game.

Modules
Development Principles
Creative Computing
Principles of Computing
Individual Creative Computing Project
Multidisciplinary Development Practice

Year two:
While you continue to explore the breadth of specialisms in creative computing to gain transferable skills, this year focuses much more deeply on robotics. Putting your skills into practice, you'll work with other roboticists in our lab to build robots. In doing so, you will bolster your core specialist computing skills in the area of creative robotics.

Modules
Specialisms in Creative Computing
Mathematics for 3D Worlds & Simulations
Robotics & Cybernetics
Creative Robot Design
Artificial Intelligence

Year three:
During this year, you'll take on a programme of supervised work experience under the direction of either an employer or a business start-up incubation scheme. You'll engage in a minimum of 30 weeks (1050 hours) of professional practice and be supported by online study material.

While it will be your responsibility to seek, apply to and secure a suitable position, professional services staff will be on hand to help. Throughout the year, you'll also be mentored by academic staff, who'll help support your personal development.

Year four:
In your final year, you'll take on a specialist module in human-robot interaction, which will form the foundations of an individual research and development project. Under the guidance of a subject matter expert, you'll explore novel and emerging technologies. The specific topic you'll explore is then up to you, but could be inspired by the field of computational creativity and efforts to enhance the 'personality' of your robots. Engaging in collective innovation and enterprise, you'll apply your knowledge to a major team development project, in which you'll deliver an interesting and novel robot.

Modules
Major Creative Robotics Project
Human-Robot Interaction
Digital Innovation
Research & Development: Practice
Research & Development: Dissertation

The modules above are those being studied by our students, or proposed new ones. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Course Leader.

Assessment methods

Coursework assignments with no formal examinations.
Portfolios, projects, pitches and papers.

The Uni


Course location:

Penryn Campus

Department:

The Games Academy

TEF rating:
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