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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - CAP6663
Tracking Number - 2940

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2014-04-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: Elective for MSIT, to GC; Apprd 12/10/13. To USF Sys 2/4/14, to SCNS 2/12/14. Approved as 6663 (Subm as 6061): eff 4/1/14. Removed pre-req COP2930.

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2012-09-11
  2. Department: Deans Office
  3. College: EN
  4. Budget Account Number:
  5. Contact Person: Alfredo Weitzenfeld
  6. Phone: 8636677069
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: CAP
  9. Number: 6663
  10. Full Title: IT Robotics Application
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): IT Robotics Application
  19. Course Online?: B - Face-to-face and online (separate sections)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: -
  22. Prerequisites: None
  23. Corequisites: None
  24. Course Description: Introduction to Robotics and its different applications. Robotics technology is being used in a wide variety of applications that involve ground, aerial and marine systems. Robotics technology and applications will be explored and discussed.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Needed for new program/concentration/certificate
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? Increased education access, education attainment and economic development are key priorities for the Florida region served by USF. The U. S. Labor Department, Florida Works, and regional development councils have identified key occupational growth areas anticipated in education; management and administration; nursing and health sciences; criminal justice; industrial, manufacturing, warehousing and distribution engineering; information technology and industrial applications of technology.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? Yes, 1 time
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) PhD
  29. Objectives: Gain a perspective relative to the identification and strategic use of robotics in information technology applications. Become knowledgeable about specific software used to create robot technology. Become aware of the many applications that robotics can be applied to. Gain a perspective relative to the potential future expanded use of robotics.
  30. Learning Outcomes: Be able to work with components of mobile robotic systems. Be able to program mobile robotic systems. Be able to solve basic application tasks using mobile robotic systems.
  31. Major Topics: Week


    Week 1

    Mataric, Chapter 1 – Introduction

    Mataric, Chapter 2 – History of Robotics

    Week 2

    Mataric, Chapter 3 – Robotics Components

    Mataric, Chapter 4 – Effectors and Actuators

    Week 3

    Mataric, Chapter 5 - Locomotion

    Mataric, Chapter 6 - Manipulation

    Week 4

    Test #1

    Week 5

    Mataric, Chapter 7 - Sensors

    Mataric, Chapter 8 – Simple Sensors

    Week 6

    Mataric, Chapter 9 – Complex Sensors

    Mataric, Chapter 10 – Feedback Control

    Week 7

    Mataric, Chapter 11 – Control Architectures

    Mataric, Chapter 12 - Representation

    Week 8

    Test # 2

    Week 9

    Mataric, Chapter 13 – Deliberative Control

    Mataric, Chapter 14 – Reactive Control Mataric, Chapter 15 – Hybrid Control

    Week 10

    Mataric, Chapter 16 – Behavior-Based Control

    Mataric, Chapter 17 – Behavior Coordination

    Week 11

    Mataric, Chapter 18 – Emergent Behavior

    Mataric, Chapter 19 - Navigation

    Week 12

    Mataric, Chapter 20 – Group Robotics

    Mataric, Chapter 21 - Learning

    Week 13

    Mataric, Chapter 22 – Future of Robotics

    Week 14

    Test #3

  32. Textbooks: Maja Mataric, The Robotics Primer, MIT Press, 2007
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: None
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: The grading policy will be consistent with USF policies as stated in the USF Student Handbook. Student performance will be evaluated based on 3 tests, a case study, and a term project. The relative weights for each of these components in determining the final grade are as follows:

     Test #1 25% of final grade Test #2 25% of final grade Test #3 30% of final grade (cumulative) Term Project 20% of final grade

    A grade will be determined based on the total of possible points earned, as follows: A: 90 – 100, B: 80 – 89, C: 70 – 79, D: 60 – 69, F: 0 – 59

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: See V. above
  36. Attendance Policy: Course Attendance at First Class Meeting – Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation – Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. It’s the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work: No credit will be given for missed/late work unless the student has a documented medical or family emergency.
  38. Program This Course Supports: Master of Science in Information Technology
  39. Course Concurrence Information: None

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