Physical Interface Design II


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

In this module, students advance their knowledge of basic electronics and are introduced to fundamental concepts of programming interactive systems. Students learn how different electronic sensors and actuators can be interfaced to a microcontroller to design novel forms of interactions between man and machine.

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

  • Programming I
  • Sensors and Actuators II

Learning objectives


During this module students should acquire basic knowledge about

  • programming concepts for interactive systems
  • actuating possibilities: servo motors, solenoids, and simple mechanics
  • using micro-controllers: interface to the computer, analog/digital input/output
  • circuit applications: DC filtering, circuit protection and amplifier
  • real-time use of signals (such as ADC/DAC, sampling rate, scaling and filtering) 
  • related work in software development and the media arts


During this module students should acquire skills in

  • analyzing use of the basic programming with various sensors and actuators
  • synthesizing knowledge in written documentation


During this module students should acquire competencies in

  • evaluating an artefact with regard to programming, sensors, and actuators

Type of instruction

Method of working: Individual or small groups



Name of examPhysical Interface Design II
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.

The examination may be substituted by satisfactory and active participation in
courses, i.e. 80% attendance and submission of all assignments set during the course
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 II
Module codeBAART20156
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
2. 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