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Sensors & Actuators

level of course unit

second cycle, Master

Learning outcomes of course unit

The graduate / the student:
* knows the process chain between sensors and actuators
* can characterize the wide range of sensors
* can formulate advantages and disadvantages of different sensors for a given application and select sensors suitable for the application
* acquires the ability to describe the structure of sensors, interpret data sheets and carry out measurements
* can interpret measurement results and know their formats in order to optimize further data processing

prerequisites and co-requisites

according to admission requirements

course contents

* Definition/classification of sensors
* Structure and function of a measuring chain
* Fields of application and functional principles of sensors
* Basics of microsensors
* Sensor properties (static and dynamic behavior, reliability, etc.)
* Measurement errors and sources of error
* Calibration
* Signal transmission/processing
* Basic terms of relevant measurement technology
* Application of sensors for different areas (e.g. temperature, weight, pressure, acceleration, position, etc.)
* Analysis and evaluation of functional principles and sensor properties
* Structure and properties of data transmission and data processing in a measurement chain
* Evaluation, interpretation and storage of measurements

recommended or required reading

Czichos H.; Mechatronik: Grundlagen und Anwendungen technischer Syste- me; Wiesbaden; 2019, 4th edition
Heinrich B., Linke P., Glöckler M.; Grundlagen Automatisierung: Sensorik, Regelung, Steuerung; Wiesbaden; 2017, 2nd edition
Tränkler H., Reindl L.; Sensortechnik: Handbuch für Praxis und Wissenschaft; Berlin; 2018, 2nd edition

assessment methods and criteria


language of instruction


number of ECTS credits allocated


eLearning quota in percent


course-hours-per-week (chw)


planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lecture, group work, presentation and discussion of tasks

semester/trimester when the course unit is delivered


name of lecturer(s)

Michael Petke, BSc, MA

year of study

1. study year

recommended optional program components

not applicable

course unit code


type of course unit

integrated lecture

mode of delivery


work placement(s)

not applicable