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    Feedback by the teacher

    The course has been arranged two times (2018 and 2019) in this form. It still has a long (about 30 years) tradition with Finnish as the teaching language. For the course a textbook was written a lot of learning material was available. A couple of years ago the course had to be build up from the scratch. Along with the Basics course also new material for 7 new credits had to be generated. At the same time a new, slightly more “mechatronic” approach to the content was chosen for this course. This year also organized simulation exercises were introduced.
    The course includes a number of Group Works, with which we try to boost up learning through co-operation among the group. This selected method makes the grading of the course more challenging. The “easiest and the most neutral way” would be to have lectures and probably some calculation exercises and an examination but this was considered as not optimal for learning. Lecture and exam based courses are easy for grading but probably not so interesting for both the students and the teachers. Also the amount of work for the (at least) the teachers is much ... much larger if the course contains also other teaching methods than lectures and the material has to be renewed every year. An examination could be “fair”? You did well or you did not on the day of the course exam. And that would determine your grade.
    With a lot of group works more or less we measure the average or the maximum capability of the group’s individuals. This can be “unfair” for individuals who are concerned with their grades. Therefore we have the opportunity to improve the personal grade with “controlled calculation exercises” and laboratory visits for instance.
    The degree of difficulty of the exercise was tried to be “optimized”. This means that the target was not to build as difficult exercises as possible to have a wider distribution in grades. The aim was to generate interesting and educating exercises for all of the students. Not to drop out most of the students for example by demanding mathematics. The target is more “substance learning” for everybody. Everybody should be able to solve the problems (on a sunny day). Too high requirements could oncrease the temptation to copy. However, this approach may make the rightful grading more demanding.  
    This year, I think that the balance was pretty good. The assignments were quite demanding but not too difficult to cause despair. Some exercises which were thought to be difficult were solved well. Of course the piston area was calculated wrong in some cases. Loss of attention, perhaps? The crucial calculations have to be repeated several times to get a professional’s routine. Therefore also many, many “easy calculations” in the assignments. Easy, but crucial.  
    The feedback you gave makes the planning of the next course implementation easier and aimed at correct direction.

    Solutions for Group Works and feedback for Simscape Fluids exercise are available.
    You have the Points and Grades

    Check the Points and Grades by using "Grades" menu button on the left.
    (the previous straight link might have been only for the teacheres, sorry about the inconvenience!)

    The Grades:
    If you have 203 points or more -> 5
    If you have less than 203 points -> 4

    If you feel uncomfortable with your grade, please contact me ( soon.

    I will send the Grades to Aalto's student register in a couple of days, so please send me mail ASAP.

    Thank you for your course feedback! I will still send you some material related to it (the feedback), Group Works and Simscape exercise.

    Have a nice springtime and vappu, of course!



    Laboratory happening on 14.3.2019 went surprisingly well!
    Now you have seen the hydraulics?
    Many thanks to students for your interest and activity and also teachers (Matti, Olof, Antti, Teemu and Arttu) deserve our eternal gratitude!

    Extra points for active students admitted.

    - Pneumatics lectures 
    - Lecture materials added HERE (OLD and NEW)

    Simulation assignment

    2 simulation sessions for each student.

    Assignment material is available HERE.

    Fluid Power Laboratory and Maarintalo

    Reserve Laboratory Exercise (Hydraulics) time for your Research Group (A-J) through WebOodi system. Find course page (MEC-E5003 - Fluid Power Basics) in ...

    WebOodi (

    and select the suitable time for your group.

    Attention! Just one (1) student makes the reservation on behalf of the group!

    Calculation Exercises
    Calculation materials here: Calculation Exercises
    All assignmets available. Solutions will be available after the corresponding exercise sessions.



    Lectures, calculation exercises and laboratory exercises (two exercises: 1. hydraulics and 2. pneumatics).

    Three assignments for each group.

    One simulation assignment for individual students.


    Lectures and exercises in K1 building (street address: Otakaari 4A)

    Simulation exercises in Maarintalo building (street address: Sähkömiehentie 3)

    Laboratory exercises in K4 building, Fluid power laboratory (street address: Sähkömiehentie 4)

    Schedule (check also laboratory exercises down below)

    weekday day time class event week
    Monday 7.1. 12:15-14:00 326 lecture 2
    Thursday 10.1. 14:15-16:00 202 lecture 2
    Monday 14.1. 12:15-14:00 326 lecture 3
    Thursday 17.1. 14:15-16:00 202 lecture 3
    Friday 18.1. 12:15-14:00 326 exercise 1 3
    Monday 21.1. 12:15-14:00 326 lecture 4
    Thursday 24.1. 14:15-16:00 202 lecture 4
    Friday 25.1. 12:15-14:00 326 exercise 2 4
    Monday 28.1. 12:15-14:00 326 lecture 5
    Thursday 31.1. 14:15-16:00 202 lecture 5
    Monday 4.2. 12:00-14:00 Maari C-D simulation exercise 6
    Thursday 7.2. 14:00-16:00 Maari C-D simulation exercise 6
    Friday 8.2. 12:15-14:00 326 exercise 3 6
    Monday 11.2. 12:00-14:00 Maari C-D simulation exercise 7
    Thursday 14.2. 14:00-16:00 Maari C-D simulation exercise 7
    Friday 15.2. 12:15-14:00 326 exercise 4 7


    Monday 25.2. 12:15-14:00 326 lecture 9
    Thursday 28.2. 14:15-16:00 215 lecture 9
    Friday 1.3. 12:15-14:00 215 exercise 5 9
    Monday 4.3. 12:15-14:00 326 lecture 10
    Thursday 7.3. 14:15-16:00 216 lecture 10
    Friday 8.3. 12:15-14:00 326 exercise 6 10
    Monday 11.3. 12:15-14:00 216 lecture 11
    Thursday 14.3. 14:15-16:00 Lab laboratory demo

    One hydraulics exercise and one pneumatics exercise for your group
    Laboratory Exercises Schedule