FYS3231 – Sensors and Measurement Technology

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.

See general guidelines for examination at the MN Faculty autumn 2020.

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.

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

Admission to the course

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.

Special admission requirements

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).

Formal prerequisite knowledge

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

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

Overlapping courses


The course spans over one full semester with two hours of lectures and two hours of laboratory work each week.

Mandatory laboratory assignments must be completed and approved in order to take the final exam.

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.


Mandatory laboratory assignments must be completed and approved in order to take the final exam, 

A final oral or written examination (four hours), which counts 100% towards the final grade.

A decision for oral or written exam is based on the number of students who register for the course.  

It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: ​FYS4231 – Sensors and Measurement Technology, FYS3230 – Sensors and measurement technology (continued)

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.

Resit an examination

This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Oct. 25, 2020 4:11:16 AM

Facts about this course

Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)