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Last modified: 25 May 2018 11:16

Course Overview

A general engineering course that provides insight into the two main conservation principles, mass and energy. Processes are usually described through block diagrams. This language, common to many disciplines in engineering, helps the engineer to look at their processes with an analytical view. Degree of freedom analysis is addressed, emphasising its importance to solve a set of linear equations that model fundamental balances of mass. Practical examples of Energy balances are displayed, bringing Thermodynamics to a practical level. Heat Transfer is introduced. Process control is introduced, explaining basic control techniques and concepts, i.e sensors, feedback, control loops and PID controllers.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr David Vega-Maza

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • One of EF1504 Engineering Mathematics 1 (Foundation) (Passed) or EG1006 Engineering Mathematics 1 (Passed) or EG1503 Engineering Mathematics 1 (Passed) or EG1504 Engineering Mathematics 1 (Passed)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • EG2002 Process Engineering (Studied)
  • EG2580 Chemical Engineering Fundamentals (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course covers the fundamental tools of sensing and instrumentation that are currently used by both engineers and scientists.  The transversal science of metrology is discovered, focused on uncertainty analysis and calibration.  A range of sensor technologies is then investigated with emphasis on the underlying physical principles.  Electronic circuits for the capture of sensor signals are considered, along with limitations such as noise.  The course explores instrumentation systems including wireless sensor networks (WSN) and micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS).

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • BSc Engineering (Electrical & Electronic)
  • BSc Engineering (General)
  • BSc Engineering (Mechanical)
  • Bachelor Of Science In Engineering (Chemical)
  • Bachelor of Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Eng (Mechanical and Electrical)
  • Beng in Petroleum Engineering (International Foundation)
  • Master Of Engineering In Elec & Electronic Eng W Renewabl En
  • Master of Engineering
  • Master of Engineering in Chemical Engineering
  • Master of Engineering in Civil Eng with Subsea Technology
  • Master of Engineering in Mechanical & Electrical Eng

Contact Teaching Time

43 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


1st Attempt: 2hr written examination (80%); continuous assessment (20%).

Resit: 3hr written examination (100%).

Formative Assessment



Students receive whole-class feedback via MyAberdeen.  Active participation is sought through a discussion board in MyAberdeen


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