Automation 7.5 Credits

First cycle, T0023T
Course syllabus valid: Spring 2018 Sp 4 - Present
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Syllabus established
by Mats Näsström 15 Feb 2016

Last revised
by Mats Näsström 12 Jan 2018

Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Manufacturing Systems Engineering
Subject group (SCB)
Mechanical 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 knowledge in Physics (F0004T Physics1 7.5 hp and F0006T Physic 7.5 hp), Mathematic (M0029M Calculus 7,5 hp, M0030M Linear Algebra and Calculus 7,5 hp and M0031M Linear Algebra and Differential Equations and M0032M Functions of Several Variables and Computer Tools or M0013M Mathematics)

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 1-165 credits.

Course Aim

Divided into the three categories below, you will as a student successfully:

1. Knowledge and understanding

  • Understand the foundations of automation and its functionality and demands in production systems
  • Know how automatic and integrated manufacturing systems and corresponding components main features work
  • Understand how different robots are built and when specific robotic systems are suitable
  • Have practiced your ability in engineering thinking

2. Skills and abilities

  • Practically be able to program industrial robots to perform simple tasks
  • Know basic signal logic, robot modulation and simulation
  • Be able to project automatic production equipment, taking into consideration; functionality, quality, efficiency and cost
  • Have the ability  to select the most suitable components for various applications
  • Have developed your capacity for teamwork and group collaboration
  • Be able to demonstrate the ability of oral and written presentation

3. Values and attitudes

  • Constructively and critically evaluate automated manufacturing capabilities and limitations in:
    o    Production improvements
    o    Manufacturing improvements
    o    Manufacturing environment
    o    Safety for personal and utilization
  • Be able to locate the knowledge and experience necessary to carry out the installation of durable automatic systems
  • Understand the need for new knowledge in automation and production, as well as future challenges the field faces


The course is about how automated systems and support and support components work together in order to create higher value. By value, it is referred to both productive but also quality improvements and usage of resources (personnel and economy). Automation means systems that work faster, with higher quality while also uses less resources. Examples of automated systems covered in the course are mainly industrial robots, PLC systems and automatic transportation systems. Also included is how common components such as optical sensors are used with these systems. Included besides lectures, are a larger case study as well as laboratory work, using both computers and real robots.


As a student, you will actively participate in the theoretical lectures and learn to understand the information presented. You should be capable of searching for additional knowledge and information as needed. During the duration of the course, guest lecturers and industrial visits may occur. During laboratory work, you will learn about PLC- and robotic systems and learn to control industrial robots. In the case study included in the course, you will among other things, project automatic production systems. During the course, there are continuous assignments that relates to all parts of the course, both theoretically and practically. You will also have opportunity to develop your presentation skills through oral presentation of assignments.


Examination in the course is continuous, where your knowledge and abilities are evaluated based on your accomplishments in the course.

Requirements to pass the course is to pass in all laboratory work (mandatory), the case study, as well as sufficient level of knowledge demonstrated. Depending on the level of demonstrated knowledge and abilities, the grades are set (U, 3, 4, 5)

Jan Frostevarg

Transition terms
The course T0023T is equal to T0014T

Literature. Valid from Spring 2018 Sp 4 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Automation Technologies (E-bok) av Daniel E. Kandray, P.E.
Smart automation av Åsa Fast-Berglund och Sandra Mattsson. ISBN: 9789144112275

Course offered by
Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics

0001Laboratory work2.0TG U G#
0002Project Work2.0TG U G#
0003Continous Examination3.5TG G U 3 4 5

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.