FYS4260 – Microsystems and Electronic Packaging and Interconnection Technologies

Course content

The course gives an introduction to how modern electronics and sensor components are constructed and assembled. The course does not deal with the design of electronic circuits, but rather builds understanding about how aspects like material technology and mechanical, thermal, and electrical properties affect the electronic system functionality and reliability. The course deals primarily with conventional electronics, but also describes opportunities and challenges associated with the construction and packaging of micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS).

Learning outcome

After completing the course:

  • you have knowledge of important factors that affect the reliability of electronics and sensor systems and can use this knowledge to design solutions suitable for a given application.
  • you are familiar with the work process (from user requirements, via specification, design of the production basis, PCB production, and assembly of components, to test and verification of finished cards) when designing electronics.
  • you are familiar with how common circuit board technologies and electronics components are built.
  • you can make simple predictions about, among other things, thermomechanical stress, heat fluxes/cooling requirements, and failure rates of fault mechanisms.
  • are familiar with central processes for creating MEMS sensor and actuator elements in silicon and know the challenges of packing such elements into components that can be used together but other electronics.

Admission to the course

Students admitted at UiO must apply for courses in Studentweb. Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

Nordic citizens and applicants residing in the Nordic countries may apply to take this course as a single course student.

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

Overlapping courses


The first lecture is mandatory. If you are unable to attend, the Department of Physics has to be informed no later than the same day (studieinfo@fys.uio.no), or else you will lose your place in the course.

The course extends over a full semester:

  • 2 hours of lectures per week 
  • About 60 hours of mandatory project work per semester. ​

You need to hand in a report from the project work. There will also be a joint summary where all the students present their results and learning outcomes. In addition, voluntary exercises with solutions will be offered. 

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


  • Midterm home exam in the form of a project assignment which counts 20 % towards the final grade.
  • Final oral exam which counts 80 % towards the final grade.

Both the project assignment and the final exam must be passed to get a final grade in this course.

When writing your exercises make sure to familiarize yourself with the rules for use of sources and citations. Breach of these rules may lead to suspicion of attempted cheating.

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: FYS9260 – Microsystems and Electronic Packaging and Interconnection Technologies

Examination support material

Approved calculator

Necessary fomulas and data will be given on the 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) Aug. 12, 2022 10:13:07 AM

Facts about this course


If the course is offered, a minimum of four students is required for ordinary lectures to take place. If less than four students participate, an exam will be given, but one should not expect ordinary teaching.

Teaching language