Module Catalogues

Sensors and Instrumentation

Module Title Sensors and Instrumentation
Module Level Level 2
Module Credits 5.00

Aims and Fit of Module

This module aims to provide the student the ability to select a suitable instrument and associated system for a given measurement application and to consider possible alternative solutions. To understand the principles of sensing and transduction operation and factors contributing to the measurement error.

Learning outcomes

A. demonstrate understanding of the physical basis of some common electrical sensors;
B. show a general appreciation of basic sensor specifications and their interpretation;
C. demonstrate understanding of the system requirements for a typical measurement system;
D. show an appreciation of some common factors that can affect the performance of a measurement system;
E. acquire an ability to use specific instrumentation to perform simple electro-mechanical tests on an electrical machine to evaluate its performance.

Method of teaching and learning

The teaching philosophy of the module follows very much the philosophy of Syntegrative Education. This has meant that the teaching delivery pattern, which follows more intensive block teaching, allows more meaningful contribution from industry partners. This philosophy is carried through also in terms of assessment, with reduction on the use of exams and increase in coursework, especially problem-based assessments that are project focused. The delivery pattern provides space in the semester for students to concentrate on completing the assessments.
This module will be delivered through a combination of formal lectures, seminars, tutorials and supervised laboratory sessions.