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Applied Industrial Electronics, Bachelor

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The bachelor's programme in Applied Industrial Electronics is wide ranging within the electronics and power electronics area. 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 and mechatronics.


In 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 the industry who come and talk about the development of the electronics and power electronics area and about the practical systems and projects they are working on.

1st 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 electrophysics. In the project work, you put your knowledge from the courses to work when you do your first project in conjunction with your 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 in Science, Technology and Society (5 ECTS credits).

2nd Semester: Microprocessor-based systems

The focal point of the second semester is microprocessors. In the courses, you will gain basic knowledge on 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 system. For example, you can develop an electronically controlled dosing system or control a football robot.


  • Microprocessor Based Systems (15 ECTS credits)


  • Introduction to Electrical Engineering (5 ECTS credits)
  • Real Time Systems and Programming Language (10 ECTS credits)
  • Linear Algebra (5 ECTS credits).

3rd Semester: Instrumentation

In the third semester of the programme, the topic is instrumentation. In the courses, you work with circuit theory, signal processing 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 the building works, or how a dimmer is dimensionally configured.


  • Instrumentation (15 ECTS credits)


  • AC Circuit Theory (5 ECTS credits)
  • Applied Engineering Mathematics (5 ECTS credits)
  • Signal Processing (5 ECTS credits).

4th Semester: Control and regulation

The fourth semester is about control and regulation. In the courses, you are involved with regulation, modeling and simulation and with power electronics. The course content is integrated in the project when you, for example, work with controlling a speed-controlled pump system or a converter for a solar cell system.


  • Control and Regulation (15 ECTS credits)


  • Fundamental Control Theory/Basic Regulation (5 ECTS credits)
  • Modelling and Simulation (5 ECTS credits)
  • Power Electronics (5 ECTS credits).

5th Semester: Automation with applied power electronics

In the fifth semester, the focus is on automation. In the courses, you work with digital control, electrical machines and numerical methods. 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 with applied power electronics (15 ECTS credits)


  • Modern Digital Control (5 ECTS credits)
  • Electrical Machines (5 ECTS credits)
  • Numerical Methods (5 ECTS credits).

6th Semester: Power electronics and electrical machines or Modeling and control of robots

The sixth semester is the final semester of the programme. The courses in this semester are on modeling and control of robots, mechanics, and a course on testing and validation that also contains theories about system understanding and setup. In this semester you write your Bachelor’s project and you can choose from two different project theme frameworks:

  • 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
  • Modeling and control of robotic systems. Here you can, for example, work with underwater robots for inspecting cables on the seabed, drone systems for installation or environmental monitoring.


  • BSc Project: Power electronics and electrical machines or Modeling and control of robotic systems (15 ECTS credits)


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

Find more information about the commencement of studies exam here.

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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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