Physical Computing II


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

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

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

  • Physical Computing II


Learning objectives


During this module students should acquire:
Basic knowledge about

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


Skills in

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


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 Computing II
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 II
Module codeBAART20196
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
2. 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