Physical Interface Design I


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

In this module, students learn about basic principles of electronics and how different electronic sensors and actuators can be interfaced to a microcontroller to design alternative forms of interactions between man and machine. 

In connection with the module, courses may be offered within the following areas:

  • Basic Electronics
  • Sensors and Actuators I

Learning objectives


During this module students should acquire basic knowledge about

  • basic electronics: resistors, diodes, and transistors
  • sensing possibilities: binary (buttons) and continuous (analog) sensors
  • related work in sensor technology and the media arts


During this module students should acquire skills in

  • developing and applying a physical interface using specific sensors and actuators
  • analyzing use of the artefact
  • synthesizing knowledge in written documentation


During this module students should acquire competencies in

  • evaluating an artefact with regards to basic electronics, sensors, and actuators.

Type of instruction

Method of working: Individual or small groups



Name of examPhysical Interface Design I
Type of exam
Written exam
The examination is a 7-day assignment on a set subject.

Number of pages: the written part must not exceed 5 pages.

In case of a fail grade, an additional examiner will also evaluate the assignment.

The examination may be substituted by satisfactory and active participation in
courses, i.e. 80% presence and submission of all assignments set during the course.
Permitted aids
All written and all electronic aids
AssessmentPassed/Not Passed
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe examination should demonstrate that the student has fulfilled the objectives outlined above.

Facts about the module

Danish titleFysisk interface design I
Module codeBAART20153
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
1. semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Art & Technology
DepartmentDepartment of Communication and Psychology
FacultyThe Faculty of Humanities