Introduction to Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) technology (Summer School)

Academic Study Board of the Faculty of Engineering

Teaching language: English
EKA: T930011102
Censorship: Second examiner: Internal
Grading: 7-point grading scale
Offered in: Odense
Offered in: Summer school (spring)
Level: Bachelor

Course ID: T930011101
ECTS value: 5

Date of Approval: 09-11-2020

Duration: Intensive course

Version: Archive

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Introduction to Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) technology (Summer School)

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Responsible study board

Academic Study Board of the Faculty of Engineering

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Course Responsible

Name Email Department
Kamilla Juel Sørensen TEK Uddannelseskoordinering og -support , Den Tekniske Fakultetsadministration
Preben Hagh Strunge Holm Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Instituttet, SDU Robotics

Programme Secretary

Name Email Department City
Kirsten Thorup Nielsen TEK Uddannelseskoordinering og -support , Den Tekniske Fakultetsadministration

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Summer school (spring)


Intensive course

Mandatory prerequisites

Experience in at least one of the following programming languages: C, C++, Python. Experience in Linux, e.g., Ubuntu.

Learning objectives - Knowledge

  • Design cycle from concept to implementation of a specific component of an unmanned aerial system.
  • The integration of platform and payload components in an unmanned aerial system designed for specific, higher level tasks, e.g., surveillance, exploration, or area monitoring.

Learning objectives - Skills

  • To define requirements for an unmanned aerial system based on the mission objective and concept of operation. 
  • Experimental validation of unmanned aerial systems.

Learning objectives - Competences

  • Understand the architecture of unmanned aerial systems including the unmanned aerial vehicle, the ground control system and the payload system.
  • Present and defend results from different review phases in the design of unmanned aerial systems.


This course introduces the design and practical implementation of an unmanned aerial system to perform high-level missions, such as surveillance, exploration, or area monitoring. The course will cover how to experimentally validate the system.

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Teaching Method

The course is project-oriented with emphasis on designing and developing a UAS for a given application. The students will work in groups of 4-6 persons. A number of lectures will be given on various topics supporting different aspects related to implementing UAS applications.

Time of classes
Two weeks in August

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hours per week

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Examination is held

At the end of the summer course.








Grading is based on an overall assessment of: 

  • atttendance (80 %)
  • individual oral examination covering the theory presented in course lectures and the laboratory exercises
  • laboratory reports

Form of examination

Oral exam


Second examiner: Internal


7-point grading scale


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Additional information

Enrolment is limited to 24 students. If more applicants than places, applicants who meet the mandatory requirements are prioritised according to the below selection criteria:

  1. Undergraduate and graduate students from partner universities (exchange); international undergraduate and graduate guest students (fee-paying); undergraduate and graduate students from other Danish universities. 
  2. Ph.D students from partner universities and other international Ph.D. students; other applicants. 

Students are prioritised on a first-come-first-served basis, i.e. according to the time we receive your complete application. 

In case a course is filled up, we try to offer you an alternative course from your list of priorities. All final decisions about admission will be sent out continually.  

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