Course Syllabus for

Introduction to Vehicle Systems
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MVKF15F, 7.5 credits

Valid from: Autumn 2020
Decided by: FN3/Per Tunestål
Date of establishment: 2013-03-22

General Information

Division: Energy Sciences
Course type: Course given jointly for second and third cycle
The course is also given at second-cycle level with course code: MVKF15
Teaching languages: English, Swedish


The objective of the course is to provide broad knowledge and fundamental skills within the field of road vehicles, their function and why they are designed as they are.


Knowledge and Understanding

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Competences and Skills

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Judgement and Approach

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Course Contents

The course deals with road vehicles, such as cars, trucks and buses. First a general description of road vehicles and relevant definitions is given. The historical development is presented. The connection between vehicle properties and the requirements from different users and applications are explained. The course also contains an overview of vehicle safety and environmental issues. The application of fundamental principles, concepts and equations to grip, kinematics and vehicle dynamics through the systems of tyres, suspension, chassis and bodywork; aerodynamics and ergonomics; conventional, electrical and hybrid power trains, transmissions, drive trains and braking systems is taught and practically investigated. Autonomous drive and use of augmented reality is presented and demonstrated. The course contains lectures, exercises, laboratory exercises and projects. Company visits, lectures from industry experts and interaction with the formula student project are all part of the course.

Course Literature

Verhelst, S.: Automotive Technology.
Available through the course

Instruction Details

Types of instruction: Lectures, laboratory exercises, exercises, project, study visit

Examination Details

Examination formats: Written exam, written report, written assignments
Grading scale: Failed, pass

Admission Details

Assumed prior knowledge: None

Further Information

The course is given in Swedish, but can be given in English on request.

Course Occasion Information

Contact and Other Information

Course coordinator: Martin Tunér <>

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