FYS3231 – Sensors and measurement technology

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Course content

The course introduces all the main kinds of sensors and the physical principles behind different sensing mechanisms. Examples of how to include a sensor in a practical experimental set-up are also given. The students carry out a research project with sensor technology as a key part and they write a scientific paper based on the project.

Learning outcome

After completing the course:

  • you will be familiar with the main types of sensors
  • you will know the physical principles utilized in the different kinds of sensors
  • you can calculate the transfer function of a simple amplifier system connected to the sensor
  • you have experience with planning and carrying out a scientific experiment with a focus on sensors and measurement science
  • you will have knowledge about publishing within the natural sciences and how to write a scientific paper


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

In addition to fulfilling the Higher Education Entrance Qualification, applicants have to meet the following special admission requirements:

  • Mathematics R1 (or Mathematics S1 and S2) + R2

And in addition one of these:

  • Physics (1+2)
  • Chemistry (1+2)
  • Biology (1+2)
  • Information technology (1+2)
  • Geosciences (1+2)
  • Technology and theories of research (1+2)

The special admission requirements may also be covered by equivalent studies from Norwegian upper secondary school or by other equivalent studies (in Norwegian).

The following courses must be completed before the project work in FYS3231:

Recommended previous knowledge

It would also be an advantage if you have completed FYS1210 – Elementary Electronics with Project Work.

Overlapping courses

Information about overlapping courses may not be complete. Contact the Department of Physics if you require more information, studieinfo@fys.uio.no.


The course spans over one full semester with two hours of lectures and two hours of lectures or group work each week. In periods, a few hours of project work will also be required each week.

Regulations for mandatory assignments can be found here.

As the teaching involves laboratory and/or field work, you should consider taking out a separate travel and personal risk insurance. Read about your insurance cover as a student.


Active participation in the project assignment is required in order to take the final exam, which will be oral or written (four hours), constituting 100% of the grade. A decision for oral or written exam, is based on the number of students by September 1th.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

Subjects taught in English will only offer the exam paper in English.

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






Every autumn


Every autumn

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)