Electrical Engineering MA, Sensors and Instrumentation, 7.5 credits


Electrical Engineering MA, Sensors and Instrumentation, 7.5 credits

General data

  • Code: ET007A
  • Subject/Main field: Electrical Engineering
  • Cycle: Second cycle
  • Credits: 7.5
  • Progressive specialization: A1N - Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
  • Answerable department: Electronics Design
  • Answerable faculty: Faculty of Science, Technology and Media
  • Established: 3/1/2022
  • Date of change: 3/15/2022
  • Version valid from: 8/15/2022


This course is structured in order to provide the students with a deep understanding of the working principles and design of different types of sensors, using a wide range of physical sensing principles. The acquired knowledge in this course should enable the students to select the most suitable type of sensor for a given measurement situation. The students should also understand the physical and technological limitations for a given type of sensor.

Course objectives

Upon successful completion of the course, the students should be able to:
- Describe the working principles of different types of sensors.
- Evaluate the technological and physical limitations of a specific sensor.
- Propose a suitable sensor for a given measurement situation.
- Design an integrated sensor system with different types of sensors.


The course focuses on sensors for measurement of physical, chemical, and biological properties. The course covers:
- Sensor classification and characteristics.
- Physical principles of sensing.
- Working principles and applications of different types of sensors:
- Presence, displacement, and level.
- Velocity and acceleration.
- Force and strain.
- Pressure and flow.
- Acoustic.
- Humidity and moisture.
- Light and radiation.
- Temperature.
- Chemical and biological sensors.
- Sensor materials and technologies.

Entry requirements

Electrical Engineering BA, 30 credits.

Selection rules and procedures

The selection process is in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance and the local order of admission.

Teaching form

The lab sessions consist of practical tasks where the students will use different types of sensors, understand their principles of functioning, and process the output data.

Examination form

L101: Practical work, 3.0 Credits
Grade scale: Fail (U) or Pass (G)

T101: Written exam, 4.5 Credits
Grade scale: Seven-grade scale, A, B, C, D, E, Fx and F. Fx and F represent fail levels.

The grading criteria is available at www.miun.se/gradingcriteria.

The examiner has the right to offer alternative examination arrangements to students who have been granted the right to special support by Mid Sweden University’s disabilities adviser.

Grading system

Seven-grade scale, A, B, C, D, E, Fx and F. Fx and F represent fail levels.

Other information

This course cannot be included in the same degree as EL041A.

Course reading

Required literature

  • Author: Jacob Fraden
  • Title: Handbook of Modern Sensors: Physics, Designs, and Applications
  • Edition: Fifth Edition
  • Publisher: Springer International Publishing

The page was updated 9/22/2021