Hardware and embedded systems

Within this field of study, you will design and build systems that integrates so-called micro controllers with analogue, and digital electronics.

Embedded systems are independent micro controller systems that carries out specific tasks. These systems are used in everything from electronic toothbrushes to spacefaring robots. The systems are typically used to collect data or to control external units. When an embedded system is able to communicate via the Internet, it is called Internet of Things (IoT).

You will learn how to design a safe and reliable system and how to implement, test, and document your work during the process.

Within this field of study you will work with every stage of electronic development:

  • Concept
  • Design, estimation, and simulation
  • Print, production, and testing of the print (PCB)

We work with simulations and calculations in order to choose the right components, sensors, and actuators for a given task. At the same time, you will gain knowledge about a range of development tools, which will make you able to choose the right programmes for each task.

Network

Within this field of study you will be working with industrial networks, and local networks based on Ethernet cables.

The industrial networks are typically used to connect sensors and electronics which collect data. The industrial networks can also be connected to the Internet, and you will work on how you design the best solution for each given situation.

You will learn how the Internet is composed. Including the most important protocols, and the optimal configuration of networks on routers and switches.

Most of the work routines on the networks today are virtual. You will learn how to use hypervisors to implement virtual networks. During our teaching we work with Juniper and VMware.

Within networks and Internet of Things, you will learn how networks are best secured against external intrusions, and how each component is hardened against entry.

Software and programming

In the field of programming you will develop software within Internet of Things, and embedded systems in general. You will learn the programming language C.

You will also learn how to programme in the language Python, which is used in automation, scripting, and the different elements surrounding the ecosystem of Internet of Things. Automatic deployment of new configurations for routers and switches or the configuration of data processing in the cloud could be examples of what you can do with automation and scripting.

Project management

Within the field of project management you will gain an understanding as to how a project moves from idea to concrete result. During the course of study, you will learn how to continuously manage the project towards its conclusion and final delivery to the customer.

You will get to work with different project management tools, both online and offline, and you will learn how to choose the right tool for the task depending on project size and character.

This means that you have to be able to work with project management as well as quality assurance in connection with development and project planning as well as budget and risk assessment.

One of the important things you will learn is documentation. This means writing reports for different purposes and the form requirements for the different phases of the project. Examples could be reports such as business case, end stage, requirement specification, progress, risk management and product description documents.

During the study we have a special focus on “soft skills”, which are the non-professional abilities that makes a technically capable person a key team player. We know the importance of being able to present your idea and give the manager a sound basis for decision.

At the same time it is important to maintain a constant dialogue with the customer. This requires a high professional standard, and in order to make a difference as a new graduate you will have to master communication both verbally and in writing in the form of presentations and reports.

During the course of study, your human abilities will also be tested as you get to manage different projects.

Internet of Things (IoT)

The systems during your studies will focus on Internet of Things (IoT). Internet of Things is one of the big tendencies within  digital technology. IoT devices are connected and able to communicate via the Internet. As a result, IT security is an important field that you will come to work with during your entire education.

At the IT Technology programme you will gain competencies within the whole chain of technologies ranging from data collection to data transport and computer networks that processes and produce data.

At our programme you will experience a development from working with the most fundamental technologies to the more complex technologies, which you will get to use in your projects.

The first year (the first two semesters) you will work interdisciplinary and learn the technologies in the entire eco system surrounding Internet of Things.

The third semester is reserved for your internship and exam project.