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Vehicle systems 1 7.5 credits

Bilens system 1
First cycle, M0014T
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2021 Sp 1 - Present
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Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Vehicle Engineering
Subject group (SCB)
Vehicle Engineering

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language and Basic matematics and mechanics (statics and dynamics); M0038M Mathematics I - Calculus, M0043M Mathematics II - Calculus and linear algebra, F0004T Physics 1, F0006T Physics 3 or equivalent.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 1-165 credits.

Course Aim
After passing the course, the student should be able to:
  • describe the function and structure of the car's mechanical components and systems.
  • perform calculations to perform engineering assessments of the function and performance of the car's systems and components.
  • independently identify relevant physics and mathematics required to solve an open ended problem based on the performance of different car components and systems
  • orally and in writing present and discuss solutions to open end problems related to the car's mechanical system, with special regard to assumptions and reasonableness assessments.
  • handle, evaluate and interpret measurement data from vehicle testing.
  • explain and exemplify how mathematical modeling can be used to evaluate the function of the car's mechanical system.
  • show insight into the possibilities and limitations of different vehicle technologies

The course deals with the design, function and analysis of the car's mechanical system and gives you the opportunity to develop basic engineering skills such as oral and written communication. The course puts special emphasis on working with open ended problems, similar to what can be expected in the engineering profession, where both too little and too much information to be able to solve the task is common. Subject areas in the course are given below:
  • Analysis of vehicle components and system such as engine, drivetrain and brakes.
  • Function of systems for wheel suspension, bearings, and wheels.
  • Function of steering and power steering systems.
  • Hydraulics and pneumatics
  • Basic levels of tribology, lubrication and bearings.

Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.
The teaching consists of lectures where important elements of the course are presented as well as lessons with calculation exercises. The assignments in the course consist of both laboratory work, quizzes and homework. The labs give you the opportunity to, in collaboration with others, learn more about the function of the car's mechanical system. The quizzes aim to develop your ability to handle open-ended problems and perform engineering calculations. Through assignments and homework, you can also practice writing reports. Furthermore, in the course you will be able to handle, analyze and interpret measurement data with the help of computer tools. By orally presenting your own analysis and interpretation of the measurement data, you will in the course have the opportunity to improve your ability to communicate orally. Guest lecturer is not a standing feature but occurs.

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 course is examined through a written exam at the end of the course and assignments during the course. The assignments consist of laboratory work, computer exercises and calculation exercises. These are examined through written reports, oral presentation and quiz submissions. Bonus points on the first regular written exam are given based on results from quiz submissions. Attendance is mandatory at all laboratory sessions and computer exercises.

Kim Berglund

Transition terms
The course M0014T is equal to MTM152

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2011 Sp 1
Prestanda BAS 3.0 Fordonsteknik, ISBN 978-91-40-65102-0

Course offered by
Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0002AssignmentU G#3.70MandatoryA07
0003Written examG U 3 4 53.80MandatoryA21

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 Department of Applied Physics and Mechanical Engineering 28 Feb 2007

Last revised
by Head Faculty Programme Director Niklas Lehto 17 Feb 2021