TPD4123 - Mechatronics for Designers


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Work
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Work 100/100 1 semesters A

Course content

A project where groups of students design and prototype a mechatronic system with industrial components is central in the course.

Lectures are given on the following topics: Mechatronics and its relevance in products, Development of technical and mechanical system concepts, and theory and practical exercises in electronics and pneumatics. The course builds on the programming of the Arduino from TPD4126 Prototyping Interactive Media.

Learning outcome


  • Basic understanding of mechatronic systems' characteristics: a synergistic combination of mechanical engineering, electronics and electronic control.


  • Development of technical concepts. Experience with building a working prototype with industrial components involving electrical engineering, electronic control, pneumatics, and mechanics.

General competence:

  • System thinking in the design of products.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, exercises, project and presentation of the result. Coursework includes exercises followed by a main project performed as a group assignment. Course program requires students to be present at lectures.

Further on evaluation

The main project consists of one group assignment. A verbal presentation of the results is included in the project assignments.

For a re-take of an examination, all assessments during the course must be re-taken. Re-take of examination can be done in the following semester.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Industrial Design (MSDESIG)
Industrial Design Engineering (MTDESIG)

Required previous knowledge

The course is limited to students in the 5 year Master in Industrial Design specialization in Product design. Students with specialization in Interaction Design or other relevant background can apply to take the course. It is assumed that students can program Arduino and use Fusion 360, SolidWorks or equivalent CAD program.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Third-year courses, level III


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Product Design Engineering - Integrated Product Development
  • Product Design
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Design


Examination arrangement: Work

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Work 100/100 A
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring UTS Work 100/100 A
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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