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MF1017 Basic Electrical Engineering 6.0 credits

The overall goal is that the student should be able to use digital and microprocessor based technology in the design of a product. The student should also be able to dimension the drive and the size of a motor in a application.

About course offering

For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 programme students

Target group

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Part of programme

Degree Programme in Industrial Engineering and Management, åk 3, EHUI, Mandatory

Degree Programme in Industrial Technology and Sustainability, åk 3, PRM, Mandatory

Degree Programme in Vehicle Engineering, åk 3, Mandatory


P1 (6.0 hp)


26 Aug 2024
27 Oct 2024

Pace of study


Form of study

Normal Daytime

Language of instruction


Course location

KTH Campus

Number of places

Min: 5

Planned modular schedule


For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 programme students

Application code



For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 programme students


Hans Johansson, 08-790 74 90,


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Course coordinator

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus MF1017 (Autumn 2019–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Electrical circuits: DC, AC and transients. Analogy between electrical and mechanical quantities.

Electrical measurements and analog circuits: Measureing with multimeter and oscilloscope. Use of LabVIEW.

Digital electronics and microcontrollers: Transistors in switched and applications.  The functionality of a microprocessor and a microcontroller. Use of microcontrollers in simple applications. Examples of sensors such as encoders and strain gauges.

Electrical motordrives: Single- and three- phase systems. Theory and properties of DC machines. Principles for speedcontrol of electrical machines. Mechanical and thermal transients in electrical machines. Choice of machine size for time varying mechanical loads. Power electronics and drive units for machines. calculation of the required voltage and current for a DC-motordrive.

Sustainable development: Electric and hybrid cars. Calculation of quantities such as e.g. energy, power, force, velocity, acceleration, current and voltage in different parts of a electric or hybrid car under different conditions such as acceleration or regenerative braking. Dimension of energystorages such as batteries and capacitors (ultracap).

Intended learning outcomes

After passing the course, the student should be able to:

  • Analyze, dimension and use systems that have an electrotechnical part. Examples are electromechanical and / or electrochemical systems.
  • Connect circuits, perform measurements and discuss measurement results.
  • Design the control of a system of the kind referred to in paragraph 1 above.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Following courses: SF1624 Algebra and Geometry, SF1625 Calculus in One Variable and SF1626 Calculus in Severa Variable, or similar.

Recommended prerequisites

Students are expected to have  courses in mathematics compulsory for the T programme


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Will be announced at the beginning of the course.

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • INL2 - Assignments, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • LAB2 - Laboratory work, 2.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN2 - Written exam, 2.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

The examiner decides, in consultation with KTH's coordinator for disabilities (Funka), about possible adapted examination for students with documented, permanent disabilities. The examiner may permit other examination format for re-examination of individual students.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study


Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

MF2030 Mechatronics basic course and track Mechatronics


Hans Johansson, 08-790 74 90,