Unit 3: Motion Programming

Unit 3: Motion Programming

Level: 3

Unit type: Mandatory

Guided learning hours: 15

Unit introduction

Robotic automation is at the forefront of the latest industry developments across a range of engineering sectors. Industrial robots are used within heavy production environments such as motor car assembly, as well as in light industry such as pcb assembly. Robots are also being introduced into ancillary operations such as picking, packing, test and inspection.

This unit prepares learners for the role of robot programming engineer. It will enable them to understand the specific terms and techniques associated with moving the robot tool in free space. This in turn will prepare them for a trainee or apprentice role in this field, or for further study in this subject area.

Learning outcomes and assessment criteria

To pass this unit, the learner needs to meet all the learning outcomes for the unit. The assessment criteria determine the standard required to achieve the unit.

Learning outcomes                                                                   Assessment criteria


Understand the initial requirements for creating a robot program


Describe creation and activation of movement programming


Analyse differences between JOINT and LINEAR trajectories


Create robot movement programming for a given scenario


Develop robot programming using system variables


Modify an existing robot program to allow continuous movement


Create movement programming containing a circular trajectory


Demonstrate how to create structured programs


Create an automatically executing MAIN program with subprograms


Evaluate the use of ROUTINES and COLLISION DETECTION in a movement program

Essential information for assessors

Essential resources

Please see Section 8: Quality assurance for details of resources needed to deliver all units.

Suggested assessment approach

This section must be read in conjunction with Section 6: Assessment.

This unit is assessed internally by the centre and externally verified by Pearson. The table below shows the suggested approach to assessments.

When preparing the assessment for this unit, the learner should be given an assignment brief designed by the tutor. This brief should be set in a specific organisational context. It should draw on learning from the unit and be designed in a way that enables learners to meet all the assessment criteria.

Learning outcome

Suggested assessment approach

A     Understand the initial requirements for creating a robot program

  • A report, with diagrams, on the component parts of a robot program.
  • Case study on the suitability of trajectories for given automated operations.
  • Creation of a robot program to a given scenario.

B     Develop robot programming using system variables

  • Modification of an existing program to add continuous movement.
  • Creation of a new program to produce a circular trajectory.

C     Demonstrate how to create structured programs

  • Creation of a correctly structured program.
  • Verbal evidence or audio-visual recording of discussion on the use of routines and collision detection.

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