MEPA2002 - Mechatronics 4 - Systemintegration and design


Lessons are not given in the academic year 2023/2024

Course content

This course module is the continuation of Mechatronics I, II and III.

Mechatronic methodology:

  • Introduction to mechatronic systems and robots.
  • Introduction to mathematical models, with kinematics and path descriptions.

Basic mechatronic components of the systems:

  • Mechanical, hydraulic and electrical.
  • Interconnection of elements, interface.
  • Sensors and actuators.
  • Control systems including microcontrollers and communication.
  • Modeling and simulation.
  • Examples from current research on robots and mechatronics.

Learning outcome


The candidate:

  • has knowledge of mechatronics with a full overview including mechanical system, hardware system, control system and software system.
  • has knowledge of complex systems of mechanical, hydraulic and electrical elements and the interaction between these elements.
  • has knowledge of design, interconnection and control of mechatronic systems
  • has knowledge of simple digital tools used for the design of systems
  • has an ability to integrate all related knowledge into a whole to handle mechatronics projects.


The candidate:

  • can understand challenges in mechatronic systems and industrial systems.
  • can design and build simple mechatronic systems and robots.
  • can work with measuring elements, actuators and associated software.

General competence

The candidate:

  • can plan the introduction and use of mechatronic systems.
  • can solve the challenges of the modern mechatronic system in a systematic way.
  • can see the possibilities and benefits of mechatronics in industrial production and products.
  • can assess the limitations and dangers of mechatronic installations.
  • can assess the use of mechatronics in non-industrial contexts.

Learning methods and activities

Pedagogical methods:

  • Lectures and exercises individually and in groups.
  • A mechatronic system must be planned, constructed, built and tested.
  • Regular exercises are given throughout the progression of the work, both as small sub-projects and theory exercises.
  • Lectures and exercises follow the product's development.

Compulsory activities

  • Mandatory work requirements.
  • Projects in groups.
  • Oral presentation.

Further on evaluation

Candidates will work in groups of 2-3 members. Each group must submit a term paper (counts 40%), and present orally (counts 60%) the work done. The term paper must be passed in order to take the oral exam.

The re-sit exam will be in the coming spring semester in March. The exam is oral only.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Mechatronics and Product Design - Engineering (BIMEPRO)

Required previous knowledge

Admission to study program required:

  • MASA1101 Mechatronics I Introduction, 3D modeling and product development.
  • MASA1102 Mechatronics II Microcontrollers & sensors.
  • MASA2201 Mechatronics III Applied Control.

Course materials

Lecture notes and powerpoint presentations.

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


Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Ålesund

Subject area(s)
  • Engineering Subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Ocean Operations and Civil Engineering


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