NORFOLK STATE UNIVERSITY
700 PARK AVENUE * NORFOLK, VIRGINIA * 23504
Robinson Technology Center (RTC)
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Email: CompSci@nsu.edu

Computer Science Courses

DEPARTMENT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE SYLLABUS

COURSE NUMBER & TITLE:
CSC-467   Advanced Topics (Robotics)
COURSE CREDITS:
3
PREREQUISITES:
CSC260 Computer Programming II
CO-REQUISITES:
See Instructor
COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Topics include the history and evolution of autonomous mobile robots, the concepts behind the design and manipulation of various robots (sensor operating principles, forward and inverse kinematics, navigation and object recognition) and state machines. Students will learn how to use Tekkotsu, an open source platform that is used to support software development on a variety of robotic platforms.

COURSE MATERIALS / REQUIRED TEXT(s) / SUPPLEMENTARY READINGS:
    Text:
  • The Robotics Primer, Maja Mataric, The MIT Press, 2007. ISBN: 0-262-63354-X

  • References
  • Behavior-Based Robotics, Ronald C. Arkin, The MIT Press, 2000.
  • Handouts from the instructor

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COMPUTER SCIENCE OFFICE LOCATION:

The Department of Computer Science is located in Suite 320 Robinson Technology Center. The individual faculty offices are located within the suite.

COURSE RATIONALE:

This course is a required course for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science. Activities and assignments in this course support our program objectives currently listed on our departmental website (www.cs.nsu.edu/programs/ugradBS_CSC.html). Specifically, this course enables the objectives listed as follows:
CSC-467:    A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H,I,J,K

COURSE GOALS & INTENDED OUTCOMES

    The major goals of the course are to:
  • To introduce basic fundamentals of robotics.
  • To apply these concepts in designing and manipulating a robot.

  • By the end of the course, students should be able to:
  • Understand the basic and current concepts underlying mobile autonomous robots.
  • Understand how robots are programmed to perform tasks.
  • Describe the history of robots.
  • Understand a variety of sensors and identify which sensors are needed to complete a proposed task.

COURSE OUTLINE

  • Week 1:   Introduction Robotics
  • Week 2:   History/Robotics Concepts
  • Week 3:   Review of C++
  • Week 4:   Introduction to Tekkotsu Framework
  • Week 5:   State machines
  • Week 6:   State machine shorthand/ tools and lab
  • Week 7:   Midterm Exam/ Behaviors
  • Week 8:   Motion Commands
  • Week 9:   Motion Commands
  • Week 10:   Vision/ Shape Representation
  • Week 11:   Shape Representation
  • Week 12:   Navigation
  • Week 13:   Project Work Time
  • Week 14:   Project Work Time
  • Week 15 -16:   Project/ Presentation and Demos of Final Project
  • PRIMARY METHOD(S) OF INSTRUCTION / METHODS TO ENGAGE STUDENTS

    The primary method of instruction will be lectures by the instructor. Students will also participate through class and group discussions.

    GRADING STANDARDS

    Tests.............................................................40%
          Test 1…………..20%
          Test 2…………..20%
    Assignments/Labs.....................................35%
    Project...........................................................25%
          Project/Writeup….20%
          Presentation…….. 5%
    > = 50F
    51 - 62D
    63 - 69D+
    70 - 75C
    76 - 79C+
    80 - 85B
    86 - 89B+
    90 - 100A


  • Test – There will be two exams, the first exam will cover the first half of the course and the second exam will cover material after midterm.
  • Project – The project will consist of the designing and implementing command programs to have a robot complete a set of tasks within a given environment.
  • Midterm Grade - Calculated from Midterm Exam (55%) and Homework (45%).
  • I Grade - No incomplete grades will be given except for illness or other tragic circumstances. In either case, proof of the circumstance must be provided.
  • Late Assignments - All assignments are expected at the due date. Each student has two late passes. After these are used, assignments and labs that are not turned in on time will be penalized a letter grade for each day that they are late, weekends included. Late passes cannot be applied to the project.
  • Make-up Exams - It is the responsibility of the student to arrange a make-up exam. The student must provide an official university excuse.
  • Class Participation - Class participation is not averaged into your grade. However, it will be used to determine borderline grades.
  • ACADEMIC INTEGRITY STANDARDS

    The Computer Science Department adheres to the University Policy on class attendance.

    The University Policy states the following: The University expects students to attend all classes. While unnecessary absences are discouraged, the University recognizes that, on occasion, students may have legitimate reasons for being absent. Thus, a student will be permitted one “unexcused” absence per semester hour credit or the number of times a given class meets per week. Once a student exceeds the number of allowed unexcused absences, an instructor may require an official university excuse. Not more than 20% of class meetings (excused and/or unexcused) may be missed by a student during a given semester.

    At the discretion of the instructor, a student whose absences exceed 20% of scheduled class meetings for the semester may receive a grade of “F” for the course.

    Students have the responsibility to confer with their instructors regarding all absences or intended absences. If sudden departure from the campus (for an emergency or extraordinary reason) prevents a student from communicating with each of his or her instructors, the student is expected to notify the Office of Student Services/Judicial Affairs within 48 hours. Class excuses are issued for legitimate reasons (medical, funerals--immediate family members only, official university business/activities, etc.) by the Office of Student Services/Judicial Affairs. Official written documentation may be required. Notes from relatives, friends, etc., are not accepted as “official” documentation for absences. The Office of Student Services/Judicial Affairs will determine if an absence is legitimate and if an excuse will be issued.

    Students who become ill are encouraged to report to the Student Health Center, located in Spartan Station, for “minor” medical treatment. A current NSU ID card must be presented prior to treatment. Written verification of illness issued by the Health Center should be carried to the Office of Student services/Judicial Affairs, and an official University excuse should be obtained. Students residing in on-campus housing facilities are governed by the same policies and procedures as non-residential students insofar as class attendance and class excuses are concerned.

      Expectations concerning Student conduct are as follows:
    • Students are encouraged to actively participate in class.
    • Students are expected to arrive on time to class.
    • Students are expected to abide by the ACM Code of Ethics.
    • Students should place phones on pager or silent mode upon entering class.

    BLACKBOARD INSTRUCTIONS

    All PowerPoint presentations, homework assignments, and laboratory assignments will be posted via Blackboard.

    SCHOOL-WIDE TUTORING SERVICES STATEMENT

    The college of Science, Engineering, and Technology provides tutoring services through the STARS Tutoring Center for those NSU student who may be experiencing difficulties in Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, Nursing, Technology and Physics courses. The STARS office is located in Suite 100, RTC. This service is free of charge and provided to NSU students only. You can access information about this service by going to http://stars.nsu.edu.

    AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA) STATEMENT

    In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, we ask if you have a disability or think you have a disability, please contact O.A.S.I.S., the Office of Accessibility Services, upon registration at Norfolk State University to confidentially discuss any accommodation needs.

      Audrey M. Wells, Coordinator, O.A.S.I.S.
      Office of Accessibility Services and International Student Services
      Norfolk State University, 700 Park Ave., Student Services Center, Suite 110, Norfolk, VA. 23504
      Phone: 757-823-8325, Fax: 757-823-2640, Email: amwells@nsu.edu

    UNIVERSITY ASSESSMENT STATEMENT

    As part of NSU's commitment to provide the environment and resources needed for success, students may be required to participate in a number of university-wide assessment activities. The activities may include tests, surveys, focus groups and interviews, and portfolio reviews. The primary purpose of the assessment activities is to determine the extent to which the university's programs and services maintain a high level of quality and meet the needs of students. Students will not be identified in the analysis of results. Unless indicated otherwise by the instructor, results from University assessment activities will not be computed in student grades.

    WRITING COMPETENCY ASSESSMENT

    All first-time freshmen and readmitted students entering Fall 2001 and thereafter and transfer students entering Fall 2002 and thereafter are required to take an exit examination to assess writing competency. After completing ENG 102, students must register for ENG 299 (no credit, no charge) until successfully passing the Examination of Writing Competency. Degree-seeking students at the baccalaureate level are required to take the writing examination before completing 90 semester hours. Associate degree-seeking students must take the exam no later than one semester prior to the anticipated date of graduation. For more information, refer tot he NSU Undergraduate catalog.

    UNIVERSITY WIDE & COURSE-SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS

      Information Technology Literacy
    • Learning foundation skills (hardware, software, and operating systems).

      Critical Thinking
    • Solving problems utilizing application software from a narrative description.
    • Knowing the appropriate software application to apply to a specific task.

      Laboratory
    • Demonstrating proficiency in utilizing software applications.
    CLASS ATTENDANCE POLICY

    A student is expected to attend all classes. The student assumes all responsibility for work missed due to an absence. Make-up work may be permitted at the discretion of the instructor. Refer to the NSU Student Handbook (https://www.nsu.edu/Assets/websites/student-affairs/student-handbook/NSU-Student-Handbook.pdf)

    NSU EMAIL ACCOUNT

    In an effort to keep student informed about Norfolk State University updates and account information, students must check their official NSU email account frequently. You may access your official NSU email account through the MyNSU portal at https://www.nsu.edu/mynsu/index. Once there, follow instructions provided to login to the MyNSU portal (NOTE: you access your NSU email from within the MyNSU portal).

    DISCLAIMER: The instructor reserves the right to revise the syllabus as appropriate and will make reasonable attempts to notify students.