Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years (1.8.2018-31.7.2020), which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


- The student is able to describe the general structure of a mechatronic system and the structure and properties of the most common sensors and actuators.
- The student is able to select, dimension and interface suitable sensors and actuators for a simple mechatronic system.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 27.10.2020 - 10.12.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Raine Viitala

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Raine Viitala

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: Finnish, Swedish, English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The lectures introduce the general structure of a mechatronic system and the essential parts that form this type of systems. The physical principles and properties of the most common sensors and actuators are presented. The lectures also deal with measurement systems, control theory and control devices such as microcontrollers, PLCs and PCs

    In the weekly exercises, mechanic, electric and mechatronic systems and components are analyzed and dimensioned. Simulation tools are used to visualize and analyze the dynamic behavior of mechatronic systems.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures, weekly exercises and final examination.

    Attendance in lectures or exercise sessions is not required but completing the weekly exercises is mandatory. Final grade consists of 50 % weekly exercises and 50 % final exam.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    5 credits equals approximately 135 hours of work. During the six weeks there are

    12 lectures = 24 hours
    12 exercise sessions = 24 hours
    6 weekly exercise rounds, approximately 9 hours each = 54 hours
    1 exam = 4 hours
    29 hours of revising etc.

    Because the course is arranged during one period, it is pretty intensive. The weekly exercises do take a lot of time so be prepared for it.


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lecture slides and course book.

    Course book is Alciatore, D., Histand, M., Introduction to Mechatronics and Measurement Systems, McGraw-Hill International Edition.

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Substitutes Kon-41.3140 Mekatroniikan anturit ja toimilaitteet/Mechatronics Sensors and Actuators and KON-C2002 Mechatronics Sensors and Actuators.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    No formal prerequisites, however, it is assumed that the student understands basics of electrical and mechanical engineering and can apply their equations. These will not be taught during the course but the basics are rehearsed during the first weekly exercise round.



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