MF2071 Research Methodology in Mechatronics 4.5 credits

Forskningsmetodik i mekatronik

The course gives an overview of scientific and industrial development trends within the areas of mechatronics and embedded control systems. Scientific working methods, research and engineering ethics and research methodologies are treated both on a general level and on the level of specific research domains. Focus is on how research may be used for the benefit of industry and society by promoting innovation. Scientific writing, reviewing and presentation to an international audience are trained.

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Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

The course gives an increased and deepened knowledge in contemporary scientific and industrial development trends within the fields mechatronics and embedded control systems. Scientific methods are studied and to be able to work with both research ethics and research methodology, the fields are treated both at a general level and for the specific research specialisation of mechatronics and embedded control systems. Scientific writing, review and presentation are included.

Furthermore, the course includes preparations for the second-cycle Degree Project, in literature studies, methodology and report writing.

Intended learning outcomes *

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Summarise and at a general level discuss important challenges and trends in the area of mechatronics and embedded control systems.
  • Discuss and evaluate different scientific research methods.
  • Evaluate, discuss and argue around research ethics.
  • Carry out a scientific study.
  • Write a scientific article in within a specific field, related to the mechatronics and embedded control systems.
  • Review and give constructive criticism on another student's scientific article.

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

Completed Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering.

Recommended prerequisites

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The entire course material that is distributed during the course is available on the course web page.

Examination and completion

Grading scale *

P, F

Examination *

  • INL1 - Hand in Task, 4.5 credits, Grading scale: P, 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.

Written report and presentations at seminars.

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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Martin Törngren

Further information

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Offered by

ITM/Machine Design

Main field of study *

Mechanical Engineering

Education cycle *

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Fredrik Asplund (

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.

Supplementary information

By studying the course MF2071 Research Methodology in Mechatronics and the course MF2058 Mechatronics, advanced course spring semester (Project PRO4 4.5 credits)  the requirements for theory of science/research methodology for final exam will be fulfilled.