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
1. can recognise modern mobile machines and vehicles, both heavy and light duty.
2. can design and simulate vehicles, such as electric and hybrid vehicles.
3. can perceive a modern vehicle system as a sum of subsystems and study their functionalities.
4. can work in a team that designs and analyses a vehicle system.
5. can evaluate and compare different modern vehicle designs and models, including the comparison of own design to scientific state-of-the-art.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 23.10.2023 - 29.11.2023

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Jenni Pippuri-Mäkeläinen

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


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Week: Lecture, Exercise, Other
    1. Introduction to modern vehicles, electro-hybrid powertrain exercises
    2. Comparison of alternative powertrain, powertrain modelling.
    3. Sensitivity of modern vehicles to various conditions, uncertainty quantification.
    4. Batteries as energy storage systems, battery and charging modelling.
    5. Optimisation of vehicle design and control

    6. CAN bus communication, no exercise, project presentations



Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    1. Lecture quiz: weight 20 %
    2. Exercises: weight 50 %
    3. Grade from project: weight 30 %
    To pass the course at least 50 % of the points in all three categories much be achieved. The final grade is defined by the
    sum of points of each categories in respect to the weights given above. Peer evaluation may be used in the course.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Learning activity: Workload calculation (hours), Remarks
    - Lectures: 6x2h
    - Learning portfolio (learning diary): 6x0.5, 3 lecture quizzes
    - Computer exercises: 5x8h, MATLAB exercises which include 1,5h of assistance sessions.
    - Group work (project): 60h, outcome: report and presentation
    - Wrap up (project gala): 3h


Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

    13 Climate Action


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 No teaching
    2023-2024 Autumn II

    Enrollment :

    Registration for courses will take place on Sisu (