ING2316 Sensor Systems

Course code: 
Course name in Norwegian Bokmål: 
Program of study: 
Bachelor i militære studier
Level of study: 
Teaching semester: 
2023 Spring
Person in charge: 
Harald Totland
Course content

This course is to

  • provide cadets with learning outcomes that other branch subjects at the school require
  • provide cadets with learning outcomes required by the STCW Convention
  • contribute to officers being able to acquire technical knowledge and skills during their service

The course covers the following academic content: electromagnetism (electric field strength, capacitance, magnetism, magnetic field, electromagnetic induction, inductance, photoelectric effect, thermal radiation), operation of electro-optical sensors (geometric optics, semiconductor theory, laser), operation of radar, communication and navigation equipment (oscillations and waves, water waves, sound waves, underwater acoustics, sound propagation paths in the sea, LC circuits, antennas and electromagnetic waves, magnetron, waveguide, radar antennas, phased-array radar, radiation intensity, radiation hazards and threshold limit values in NATO, Doppler effect for sound and for electromagnetic waves, signal processing, frequency analysis, filter, modulation, digitisation).

The course follows STCW code tables A-II/1 and A-II/2. STCW function: The course plan is based on IMO model course 7.03, Appendix 1, Mathematics, and Appendix 2, Physical Science.

Learning outcome


After completing the course, the cadet is able to:

  • explain key concepts, laws and methods in selected topics in the course
  • explain the operation, possibilities and limitations of sensor, communication and navigation systems


After completing the course, the cadet is able to:

  • explain the main subject matter in the course
  • apply technical knowledge to practical and theoretical issues and make informed choices
  • reflect on one’s own professional practice and adjust this under supervision
  • find, evaluate and refer to information and subject matter and present this so that it sheds light on a problem.
  • apply mathematical methods as tools in the subject

General competences

After completing the course, the cadet is able to:

  • explain how physics can provide answers to some practical problems
  • expound upon technical issues where physics is included in describing or solving the problem
  • exchange views and experiences with others within the subject area and through this contribute to the development of good practice
Working and learning activities

The instruction is coordinated with the course Fundamentals of Military Technology.

Course topic selection is coordinated with Weapons/Sensors instruction, Navigation Systems and Communication K2IS.

Emphasis is placed on using examples from other subjects and from the service to illustrate topics in the course, cf. general plan for SKSK 1, item 5.1.3.

Sensor system

Examination is carried out according to the Regulations for Admission, Studies and Examinations (in Norwegian, “Forskrift om opptak, studier og eksamen”) at the Norwegian Defence University College.

  • Callin, P. et al. (2012). Ergo Fysikk 2 (2. utg.). Aschehoug, ISBN 9788203344015 (kap. 5-7).
  • Tabeller i fysikk


Distributed by teacher:

  • Tveita, L. O. Kompendium i sensorteori, Sjøkrigsskolen.
  • Fausa, L. Kompendium i elektrooptikk, Sjøkrigsskolen.
Form of assessmentGroupingDurationType of durationGrading scaleProportionOral examinationCommentSupported materials
Muntlig eksamenIndividual30MinutesA-F60 %Not required Calculator, tables and formula collections
Mappevurdering- -A-F40 %Not requiredThe portfolio consists of assignments, tests and team-based learning. Details will be announced at the beginning of the term.
Form of assessment:Muntlig eksamen
Type of duration:Minutes
Grading scale:A-F
Proportion:60 %
Oral examination:Not required
Supported materials:Calculator, tables and formula collections
Form of assessment:Mappevurdering
Type of duration:-
Grading scale:A-F
Proportion:40 %
Oral examination:Not required
Comment:The portfolio consists of assignments, tests and team-based learning. Details will be announced at the beginning of the term.
Supported materials:
Harald Totland
Linn-Kristine Glesnes Ødegaard
Approval signature: 
Fagråd Operativ, 18.04.2018