Module 5: Robot Mechanics DMCRME605

Nominal duration: 5 weeks (60 hours total time commitment)

This time commitment includes the structured activities, preparation reading, and attendance at each webinar, completing exercises, practical assessments and proctored assessments.

It is also expected that students spend additional time on readings, personal study, independent research and learning, practicing on remote labs and required software and working on any projects and assignments.

This module covers both static and dynamic issues related to robots, as well as the associated energy requirements and the selection of batteries for mobile robots.


The purpose of this module is for the participants to develop knowledge of various principles of statics and dynamics that are applicable to robots.






Assessors should gather a range of evidence that is valid, sufficient, current and authentic. Evidence can be gathered through a variety of ways including direct observation, supervisor's reports, project work, structured assessments, samples and questioning. This will include short answer questions on the knowledge content, the use of remote and virtual labs, and writing tasks to apply the learning to academic tasks.


 Assessors must:

  • hold the appropriate assessor competency standards as outlined in regulations; and
  • be able to demonstrate vocational competencies at least to the level being assessed; and
  • be able to demonstrate how they are continuing to develop their VET knowledge and skills as well as maintaining their industry currency and assessor competence.

Questioning techniques should not require language, literacy and numeracy skills beyond those required in this module. The candidate must have access to all tools, equipment, materials and documentation required.

The candidate must be permitted to refer to any relevant workplace procedures, product and manufacturing specifications, codes, standards, manuals and reference materials.

Assessments will be open book assessment and may be completed off-campus. Invigilation software will be used for some assessments to ensure authenticity of work completed.

Model answers must be provided for all knowledge-based assessments to ensure reliability of assessment judgements when marking is undertaken by different assessors.


  1. Identify and explain various aspects of robot statics
  2. Perform dynamic analysis for robot design
  3. Identify and calculate robot energy requirements

Learning Outcome 1

Identify and explain the aspects of robot statics

Assessment criteria

1.1. Outline the basic attributes of the following mechanical transformation devices:

   a)  Levers

   b)  Belts and pulleys

   c)  Gearboxes

   d)  Lead screws


1.2.  Identify and describe static and dynamic friction phenomena in robot joints


 Learning Outcome 2

Perform dynamic analysis for robot design

 Assessment criteria  

2.1.  Calculate displacement, velocity, acceleration and torque for robot motion


2.2.  Calculate wheel diameter and torque for mobile robots


2.3.  Outline the basics of gears and gear trains for robot motion


2.4.  Outline the basics for impulse, momentum and torque calculation


2.5.  Calculate and select motor sizing


Learning Outcome 3

Identify and calculate robot energy requirements

Assessment criteria

3.1.  Identify and describe various losses and efficiency during robot motion


3.2.  Calculate robot energy requirements and battery sizing


Delivery Mode

Online and/or face-to-face





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