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Mechatronics 7.5 credits

Second cycle, E7012E
Course syllabus valid: Spring 2022 Sp 3 - Present
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Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
U G#
Control Engineering
Subject group (SCB)
Automation Technology
Main field of study
Engineering Physics and Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering

Entry requirements

The student should be able to program in a high-level language, analyse simple electronic circuits and furthermore be familiar with basic control theory. This corresponds to the courses D0009E Introduction to programming, E0013E Basic course in electrical engineering (alternatively E0003E Circuit Theory and E0007E Electronics) and R0004E Modeling and Control or equvivalent. Good knowledge in English equivalent to English 6. Alternative: Alternative to completed courses can be corresponding knowledge acquired through work with the electronics sector.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim

The student will after the course be able to design and program a mechatronic system including mechanics, electronic sensors, simple electronics, a control circuit (microcomputer) and electrical motors.

  • After the course the student should be able to construct and analyze a mechatronic system.
  • The student should be able to critical and creative deal with issues and technology solutions, plan and execute a skilled task, and work in teams with different compositions.
  • The student should be able to identify the need for further knowledge and to continuously upgrade their skills.
  • The student should be able to integrate knowledge, model, simulate, and anticipate a process. This is shown during the execution of the project that is a part of the examination in the course.

  • Transistors, transistor circuits with inductive loads.
  • Radiometry, the photodiode, amplifiers for photodiodes.
  • Digital circuitry, peripheral circuits and control circuits.
  • Introduction to the C programming language, program development tools.
  • Electric motors and drive circuits for motors.
  • Project Mobile Robot.
  • OrCAD (PSpice) are used for description and simulation of designed circuits both for the laboratory work and in the project.

Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.

The course consists of three parts: lectures, labs and projects. During the lectures important parts of the theory is dealt with. In the lab-exercises the students will perform assignments on basic concepts in the course and get training in using the software and equipment needed for the project. The course is largely based on PBL (problem based learning) because most of the time is devoted to work in groups of 4-6 students with an assignment to design and implement hardware and software for an autonomous mobile robot. Some parts of the robot are given and implemented at the start. At the end of the course there is held a competition between the groups.

If there is a decision on special educational support, in accordance with the Guideline Student's rights and obligations at Luleå University of Technology, an adapted or alternative form of examination can be provided.

The examination consists of two parts:

  • Report of project work 6.0HP (U G#)
  • Labs 1.5HP (U G#)


Previously, the course had the course code SME113, but this changed due to a level change. Hence, the course cannot be combined with SME113.

The course is at advanced level and prepares students for the course E7005E Project in mechatronics that aims to, together with the other students in the class, construct or modify a mechatronic system such as an electric wheelchair.

George Nikolakopoulos

Literature. Valid from Spring 2013 Sp 4
Alciatore D.G. and Histand M.B., Introduction to Mechatronics and Measurement Systems, Fourth edition, McGraw-Hill Higher Education, 2011, ISBN10: 0071086048, ISBN13: 780071086042

Course offered by
Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0002Laboratory workU G#1.50MandatoryA07
0004Project workU G#6.00MandatoryS22

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.

Syllabus established
by the Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering 28 Feb 2007

Last revised
by Jonny Johansson, HUL SRT 16 Feb 2021