ACS11002 Group Control Project and Professional Skills

Module Description (subject to change)

This module is intended to bring together core content from various Y1 modules in a substantial group design project. The group project involves controlling a mobile robot to navigate to a destination safely and smoothly. This robot is provided as a take-home kit for students to work on this project in their own time. This module will allow students to:
• develop a mathematical model for the mobile robot (ACS131 and ACS133),
• design a closed loop feedback system to control the mobile robot (ACS132)
• simulate the robot and controller using Matlab/Simulink (ACS132 and ACS133)
• implement your chosen design on the physical system using real sensors (ACS134) and C programming (ACS130) 
This module also covers important skills needed in the workplace, such as project management and teamwork, as well as other crucial employability skills.

Credits: 10 (Spring Semester)

Co-Requisites: ACS130, ACS132, ACS133, ACS11001

Module Leader

Dr Tara Baldacchino

Dr Tara Baldacchino
Amy Johnson Building

If you have any questions about the module please talk to us during the lectures or the labs in the first instance. It is likely that other students will learn from any questions you ask as well, so don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Outside of lectures please contact one of us via email, or drop in to see one of us.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the unit, a student will be able to:

1. Demonstrate and develop independent problem solving skills and creativity by working on open-ended embedded systems engineering group project. [EA4p, D3p, D4p]
2. Identify and reflect on strengths and development needs as a student aspiring to become a professional engineer, and have an awareness of the personal attributes needed to work in different roles for an engineering team. [EP9p, ET1p]
3. Demonstrate oral communication skills to discuss and report on an engineering project, including evidence of project management. [D6p, ET3p]
4. Apply industry standard software and hardware to analyse systems and control related problems. [EP2p, EP3p]

This module satisfies the AHEP3 (Accreditation of Higher Education Programmes, Third Edition) Learning Outcomes that are listed in brackets after each learning outcome above. For further details on AHEP3 Learning Outcomes, see the downloads section of our accreditation webpage.



Teaching Methods

Learning and Teaching Methods

NOTE: This summary of teaching methods is representative of a normal Semester. Owing to the ongoing disruption from Covid-19, the exact method of delivery will be different in 2020/21.

Lectures: 10hrs
Seminars: 2hrs
Labs: 6hrs
Problem solving/Example classes:12hrs
Independent Study: 70hrs

Teaching Materials

Learning and Teaching Materials




Group Project (50%)

Classroom Testing (25%)

2x Labs (5% each)

Coursework (15%)



Drop-in sessions will be held throughout the semester for students to get feedback on their design and approach to solving the problem. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions and give feedback during the sessions. Formal feedback by the students is also obtained at the end of each semester. This feedback will be used to inform the teaching and delivery of the module in the following year.

Student Evaluation

Student Evaluation

Students are encouraged to provide feedback during the module direct to the lecturer. Students will also have the opportunity to provide formal feedback via the Faculty of Engineering Student Evaluation Survey at the end of each semester.

You can view the latest Department response to the survey feedback here.

Recommended Reading

Recommended Reading

Core Texts:

Secondary Texts:

Peripheral Texts: