Physical Computing I


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

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

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

  • Physical Computing 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
  • basic programming concepts for interactive systems
  • 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 basic programming
  • synthesizing knowledge in written documentation.


During this module students should acquire competencies in

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

Type of instruction

Method of working: Individual or small groups



Name of examPhysical Computing I
Type of exam
Written exam
Written exam.
Hand in: Individual.
The examination is a 7-day assignment on a set subject. Number of pages: the written part must not exceed 5 pages.
Form of examination: c)
In case of a fail grade, an additional examiner will also evaluate the assignment.
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 titlePhysical Computing I
Module codeBAART20193
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