University of Leeds

How to Get Into Robotics

Taught in English


Gain insight into a topic and learn the fundamentals

Dr Rafael Papallas
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Instructors: Dr Rafael Papallas

Beginner level
No prior experience required
6 hours to complete
3 weeks at 2 hours a week
Flexible schedule
Learn at your own pace

What you'll learn

  • Explain the foundational aspects of robotics, covering intelligent robot components.

  • Learn about the challenges in specific areas such as industrial robotics and autonomous vehicles. 

  • Name current areas of robotics application, highlighting challenges in social, legal, and ethical aspects.

  • Identify diverse robotics careers and understand essential skills for success.

Skills you'll gain

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There are 2 modules in this course

In Week 1 you will be introduced to the subject of robotics! Specifically, Lesson 1 will define what a robot is, look at the 'attributes' of intelligent robots, and review some careers in robotics. Lesson 2 will look at some of the different industries that you might consider working in. The aim of the first week is to familiarise you with robotics and the job opportunities and industries robotics thrive in.

What's included

2 videos16 readings3 quizzes3 discussion prompts

In this second week we will discuss the challenges and emerging opportunities of robotics. In particular we will discuss why robotics is hard, why the future is promising, and look at the ethical implications of robotics. Finally, we will host interviews with industry experts from Ocado Technology, the technology company behind the online grocery shop Ocado, and Shadow Robot.

What's included

6 videos11 readings2 quizzes1 assignment1 discussion prompt


Dr Rafael Papallas
University of Leeds
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