Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, 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: 02.11.2021 - 16.12.2021

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

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

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

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English, Finnish, Swedish


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    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 for whole curriculum period:

    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 for whole curriculum period:

    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 for whole curriculum period:

    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


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Lectures and exercises are in English. Exercise and exam submissions can be made also in Finnish.

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Autumn II

    2021-2022 Autumn II

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: In the academic year 2021-2022, registration for courses will take place on Sisu ( instead of WebOodi.

    Via WebOodi