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 criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

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, Health and Technology
DepartmentDepartment of Communication and Psychology
FacultyThe Faculty of Humanities