Feb 19, 2020  
2019 - 2020 Cowley College Academic Catalog 
2019 - 2020 Cowley College Academic Catalog



3 Credit Hours

Student Level:

This course is open to high school and post-secondary level students.

Catalog Description:

MEC 3494 - Robotics (3 hrs.)

The student will develop programs to control servo and non-servo robots as well as continuous path servo robots, to interface robots into an automated system, and to maintain the operation of multi-task robotic systems within operating parameters.

Course Classification:




Controlling Purpose:

This course is designed to help the student increase their knowledge regarding fundamentals of Robotics as they apply to Industrial/Manufacturing environments.

Learner Outcomes:

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to demonstrate a proficiency in basic robotics with strong emphasis on in-class laboratory actual demonstrations and learning.

Unit Outcomes for Criterion Based Evaluation:

The following outline defines the minimum core content not including the final examination period. Instructors may add other material as time allows.


Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, the student will be able to successfully understand background knowledge related to industrial robotics.

  • Describe how the robot industry was born and the two major reasons why robots became a factor in manufacturing automation.
  • Name the external and internal challenges present for every manufacture.
  • Define robotics and computer integrated manufacturing.
  • Classify a production operation into one of five categories.
  • Name and describe all the elements of a robot system.
  • Define eleven prerequisite terms used most frequently in robotic literature.
  • Explain safe robot practices.


Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, the student will be able to successfully classify and organize robotics systems.

  • Classify a robot based on arm geometry, power sources, applications, control techniques, and path control.
  • Recognize and describe the motion of the Cartesian, cylindrical, spherical and articulated robot arm configurations.
  • Calculate the torque delivered to the robot arm through the application of the following drive systems: belt and pulley, chain, gears, ball-screw, and harmonic.
  • Describe the operation of servo and non-servo robot systems.
  • Calculate the transfer function and other operational parameters for the three positional feedback devices; potentiometer, optical encoder, and resolver.


Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, the student will be able to successfully recognize issues associated with human to robot interactions.

  • Describe the general training program for all employees where robot automation is being implemented.
  • Describe the operator and maintenance training program for affected employees where robot automation is being implemented.
  • Describe the effect of 24/7 on manufacturing and on human workers.
  • Discuss the area of resistance to automation normally present and some techniques used to overcome it.


Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, the student will be able to successfully integrate a robot into a work environment.

  • Completely design an automated work cell including robotics, gripper technology sensors, safety, supporting work-cell hardware, a cell control architecture, machine and system programming and justification.
  • Identify one or more members of the design team whose training and skills are similar to your own.
  • Describe how an automation design team interacts in the design process.

Projects Required:

As assigned.


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Attendance Policy:

Students should adhere to the attendance policy outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.

Grading Policy:

The grading policy will be outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.

Maximum class size:

Based on classroom occupancy.

Course Time Frame:

The U.S. Department of Education, Higher Learning Commission and the Kansas Board of Regents define credit hour and have specific regulations that the college must follow when developing, teaching and assessing the educational aspects of the college.  A credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally-established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester hour of credit or an equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time.  The number of semester hours of credit allowed for each distance education or blended hybrid courses shall be assigned by the college based on the amount of time needed to achieve the same course outcomes in a purely face-to-face format.

Refer to the following policies:

402.00 Academic Code of Conduct

263.00 Student Appeal of Course Grades

403.00 Student Code of Conduct

Disability Services Program: 

Cowley College, in recognition of state and federal laws, will accommodate a student with a documented disability.  If a student has a disability which may impact work in this class which requires accommodations, contact the Disability Services Coordinator.