FYS3231 – Sensors and Measurement Technology

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

Course content

The course introduces all the main kinds of sensors and the physical principles behind different sensing mechanisms, data handling, practical aspects of measuring, and discussion of limitations and error sources. Examples of how to include a sensor in a practical experimental set-up are also given. The course requires active participation of the students.

Learning outcome

After having completed 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 should be able to discuss limitations and sources of errors in a measuring system.
  • you know how to write a test protocol.
  • you have learned about scientific tools like the publishing of results and citing scientific sources.
  • you will have practiced holding a presentation.

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 the following teaching per week:

  • 2 hours of lectures
  • 2 hours of laboratory work  

Please note that changes in the laboratory schedule might occur due to the pandemic.

The lecture consists of two parts, one with presentations from the teacher, and one with presentations from the students. The lectures also contain group work and discussion, active participation of the students is expected.

Mandatory laboratory assignments and a small presentation of a sensor type in class must be completed and approved before you can take the final exam.

Regulations for mandatory assignments can be found here.

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


  • Final oral or written home exam which counts 100 % towards the final grade.

An oral or written home exam is decided based on the number of students who register for the course.

This course has mandatory exercises that must be approved before you can sit the final exam

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

For the home exam, all examination support material is allowed.

No examination support material is allowed for the oral exam.

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) Dec. 8, 2022 10:13:46 AM

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