Applied Industrial Electronics, Bachelor

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The Bachelor's programme in Applied Industrial Electronics is wide ranging within the electronics, IT and power electronics areas. In the initial semesters, you learn about basic electronic systems, and towards the end of the programme you work with more specialised topics such as industrial electronics, robotics, artificial intelligence and mechatronics.


At each semester, courses constitute half the study time, while the other half is spent on project work in self-selected groups – often working closely with research environments and/or companies. In conjunction with your group, you use theories and methods to solve a problem from the real world. In all semesters, you have the opportunity to do projects with experimental setups in laboratories.

During the programme, activities will be arranged such as field trips to various industrial companies as well as guest lectures with people from industry who talk about the development of the electronics and power electronics area and about the practical systems and projects, they are working on.

In the first four semesters, you get a broad introduction to the disciplines, which includes basic courses in electronic systems, microprocessors, programming, mechanics and control systems.

In the fifth and sixth semesters, you follow your chosen specialisation. In the following sections, you can read more about the content of each semester. You can also jump directly to the description of the specialisations by using the following links:


First Semester: Basic electronic systems

The first semester of the programme is on basic electronic systems, and you learn to work in a problem-oriented manner in both the courses and the project work. In the courses, you work with calculus and with basic energy systems and electro physics. In the project work, you put your knowledge from the courses to work when you do your first project in conjunction with your project group. In the project, you can for example examine how a simple electronic system works such as a doorbell or a Lego robot.


  • Basic Electronic Systems (15 ECTS credits)


  • Calculus (5 ECTS credits)
  • Fundamental Energy System Physics and Topology (5 ECTS credits)
  • Problem Based Learning (5 ECTS credits).

Second Semester: Microprocessor based systems

The focal point of the second semester is microprocessors. In the courses, you will be introduced to electronics, programming, and linear algebra. In the project, you work with microprocessors and become familiar with the principles of such systems and learn how to build and program a mechatronic system. For example, you can develop an electronically controlled dosing system or control a football robot.


  • Microprocessor Based Systems (10 ECTS credits)


  • Introduction to Mechanics and Thermodynamics (5 ECTS credits)
  • Real-Time Systems and Programming Language (10 ECTS credits)
  • Linear Algebra (5 ECTS credits).

Third Semester: Instrumentation

On the third semester of the programme, the topic is instrumentation. In the courses, you work with circuit theory, advanced programming techniques, and applied engineering mathematics. In the project work, you use the competence you gained in the courses when you examine how battery storage for a solar cell system on a building works, design clever algorithms or how a dimmer is dimensionally configured.


  • Instrumentation (10 ECTS credits)


  • AC Circuit Theory (5 ECTS credits)
  • Applied Engineering Mathematics (5 ECTS credits)
  • Introduction to Electrical Engineering (5 ECTS credits)
  • Data Structures and Algorithms (5 ECTS credits)

Fourth Semester: Control systems

The fourth semester is about control and regulation. In the courses, you are involved with control, modelling and simulation and mechanics. During this semester, you will learn how to develop mathematical models of various systems and how to design control algorithms to control them. In the project work you can work with modelling and control of self-balancing robots, pendulums or a converter for a solar cell system.


  • Control Systems (15 ECTS credits)


  • Fundamental Control Theory (5 ECTS credits)
  • Mechanics (5 ECTS credits)
  • Modelling and Simulation (5 ECTS credits)



Specialisation - Industrial Electronics

fIFth Semester: Automation including power electronics

In the fifth semester, the focus is on automation. In the courses, you work with digital control, electrical machines and power electronics. The course content is integrated in the project and you can, for example, work with regulating a heat pump for floor heating, how to control a DC motor for a go-cart, or how the generator in a wind turbine can be connected via a power electronic converter.


  • Automation including Power Electronics (15 ECTS credits)


  • Modern Digital Control (5 ECTS credits)
  • Electrical Machines (5 ECTS credits)
  • Power Electronics (5 ECTS credits).

Sixth Semester: Modelling and Control of Industrial Electronic Applications

The sixth semester is the final semester of the programme. The courses in this semester are on modelling and control of robots, numerical methods , and a course on testing and validation that also contains theories about system understanding and set-up. In this semester, you write your Bachelor’s project. The project is about industrial electronic applications in form of apparatus and systems including power electronics and electrical machines where you can, for example, work with electrical machines in small isolated network systems, look at an active damper for mechanical vibrations on a drilling rig, or look at the development of the generator system for a wave energy system, robotic systems, electric propulsion system or electric autonomous vehicles.

Bachelor Project

  • Modelling and Control of Industrial Electronic Applications (15 ECTS credits)


  • Numerical Methods (5 ECTS credits)
  • Modelling and Control of Robot Manipulator (5 ECTS credits)
  • Test and Validation including System set-up and Understanding (5 ECTS credits).


Specialisation - IT and Cyber Systems

Fifth Semester: Cyber-Physical Systems

In the fifth semester, the focus is on how to design modern computing systems using a cyber-physical system approach where modelling, control and algorithms interact to create intelligent applications. You will learn the main theories and methods used in artificial intelligence and modern programming and control techniques for cyber-physical systems to create semi and fully autonomous agents capable of learning from data sources and its environment to make intelligent decisions and act together.


  • Cyber-Physical Systems (15 ECTS credits)


  • Cyber Physical Systems Design and Programming (5 ECTS credits)
  • Introduction to Artificial Intelligence (5 ECTS credits)
  • Modern and Digital Control (5 ECTS credits)


Sixth Semester: Autonomous Robotic Systems and Languages

The sixth semester is the final semester of the programme. The courses in this semester are on numerical methods, modelling and control of robotic manipulators and programming paradigms and translators that will allow you to understand the math and theories on robotic manipulators and how to program them efficiently.  In this semester you will write your Bachelor’s project using an/or implementing diverse programming paradigms and algorithmic methods to design modern applications in unmanned autonomous systems, robotic manipulators, and underwater robots.

Bachelor Project

  • Autonomous Robotic Systems and Languages (15 ECTS credits)


  • Numerical Methods (5 ECTS credits)
  • Modelling and Control of Robot Manipulator (5 ECTS credits)
  • Programming Paradigms and Translators (5 ECTS credits)



commencement of studies exam

There is a commencement of studies exam during this study programme. During the first weeks of the 1st semester, you must take part in a written commencement of studies exam. The purpose of the commencement of studies exam is to determine whether or not you have actually commenced your studies. You must participate in and pass this exam in order to continue the study programme. If you do not participate or do not pass, you must participate and pass the re-exam, which is also a written exam. If the commencement of studies exam or the re-exam is not passed, you will be withdrawn from your studies by October 1st. The commencement of studies exam is based on the introduction as well as the students’ expectations and motivation for the studies.

You receive the assessment “Approved” or “Not approved” based on your answers. The assessment “Approved” is received when the written exam is answered and handed in.

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Study Method at AAU - Problem Based Learning

Study Method at AAU - Problem Based Learning

The study method at AAU is called Problem Based Learning (PBL). Together with your fellow students you will work with real life problems by way of problem based project work.

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