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 criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

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


Education ownerBachelor of Arts (BA) in Art and Technology
Study BoardStudy Board of Art, Health and Technology
DepartmentDepartment of Communication and Psychology
FacultyFaculty of Social Sciences and Humanities