AIS2131 - Mechatronics


Lessons are not given in the academic year 2023/2024

Course content

The course provides an introduction to design of mechatronic systems and contains a selection of the following topics:

  • Software interfacing with physical systems
  • Computer-aided design
  • Fundamental mechanics of materials
  • Sensor fundamentals
  • Actuators
  • Kinematics and mechanisms
  • Transmissions and drives
  • Mechatronic prototyping techniques
  • Kinesthetic haptic systems

More details on the curriculum will provided during the start of semester.

Learning outcome


  • The candidate is able to explain and elaborate on the design of mechatronic systems.
  • The candidate is able to compare, analyse and evaluate theory and methods presented in the course.


  • The candidate is able to design, build and test simple mechatronic systems, including software, control systems, sensors and actuators, and hardware.

General competence

  • The candidate is able to explain when mechatronic systems are suitable for solving challenges in automation engineering or product development.
  • The candidate is able to explain the role of mechatronics in an industry 4.0 setting.
  • The candidate is able to apply design and engineering principles for mechatronic systems subjected to real world environments.
  • The candidate is able to apply mechatronic problem-solving to unstructured problems.
  • The candidate is able to contribute as part of a team.

Learning methods and activities

Learning activities generally include a mix of lectures, tutorials and practical lab/project work. A constructivist approach for learning is endorsed, with focus on problem solving and practical application of theory.

Further on evaluation

The final grade is based on an overall evaluation of the portfolio, which consists of a number of works delivered through the semester. The portfolio contains assignments that are carried out, digitally documented and submitted during the term. Both individual and team assignments may be given. Assignments are designed to help students achieve specific course learning outcomes, and formative feedback is given during the period of the portfolio. The re-sit exam is an oral exam.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Automation and Intelligent Systems (BIAIS)

Required previous knowledge

The course has no prerequisites.

It is a requirement that students are enrolled in the study programme to which the course belongs.

Course materials

An updated course overview, including curriculum, is presented at the start of the semester and will typically also include English material.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Ålesund

Subject area(s)
  • Product Design
  • Engineering Cybernetics
  • Engineering
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of ICT and Natural Sciences


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