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Course Overview

The course introduces sensing and instrumentation for various engineering applications. Major part of the course will consider case studies of sensing and instrumentation for various engineering applications and is suitable for all engineering and non-engineering students to learn about sensing and instrumentation.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 10 credits (5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No

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Course Description

  1. Fundamentals of measurement - Measureable quantities - Accuracy and reproducibility
  2. Sensing - Types of sensors – Conditioning - Processing & representation (frequency domain, time domain, polar plots, etc.)
  3. Measuring environments & busses - Appreciate operation of typical instrumentation systems - Lab view, instrumentation busses- Remote probes/sensors - Identify the various methods of signal transmission

  4. Applications - Lab/field measurement - Using data in control systems, conformance testing, and production lines.

  5. Case Studies from the following list:


  • Optical sensing
  • Electrical current, etc
  • Small-scale displacement (piezo-electric, etc)
  • Dynamics
  • Formula student, stress-strain, etc
  • Remote Image Sensing (PIR, Image processing, edge detection)
  • Gyroscopes
  • GPS as a reference time source
  • Structural Health Monitoring

Contact Teaching Time

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Teaching Breakdown

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Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 1 two hour written examination paper (60%) Case study write-up 1 (20%) Case study write-up 2 (20%) Resit: 1 two hour written examination paper (60%) Case study write-up (20%) (resubmission of same case study write-up 1) Case study write-up 2 (20%) (resubmission of same case study write-up 2)

Formative Assessment

3 two-hour practical sessions requires the students to submit case studies reports at the end of each lab, in order for formative assessment and feedback to be provided.


a) Students can receive feedback on their progress with the Course on request at the weekly tutorial/feedback sessions and at the computer programming lab sessions.

b) Generic exam feedback will be emailed to the whole class at their University email address.

c) Students requesting individual feedback on their exam performance should make an appointment within 3 weeks of the publication of the exam results.

d) Marked lab assignments will be returned with marks and comments.

Course Learning Outcomes


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