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PHYS7002 - Digital Systems & Interfacing

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Title:Digital Systems & Interfacing
Long Title:Digital Systems & Interfacing
Module Code:PHYS7002
 
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Intermediate
Field of Study: Physics
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2009/10 ( September 2009 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Donagh OMahony
Module Author: RICHARD PEARD
Module Description: This course provides a detailed coverage of the operation of a number of commonly used items of digital test equipment. It also features a strongly "hands-on" coverage of some of the more important interfaces used in the laboratory and industry.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Effectively use a variety of sophisticated digital test equipment to analyse and trouble-shoot systems.
LO2 Critically compare the characteristics of a number of standard interfaces.
LO3 Set up links between computers and programmable instruments over a number of different types of interface.
LO4 Write programs in an appropriate high level language to control instruments and automate laboratory experiments.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named CIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
No recommendations listed
Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
Requirements

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed
Co-requisites
No Co Requisites listed
 

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
The Digitization process
The sampling theorem and Aliasing. Fourier series and transforms. Resolution and quantization noise, dithering. Some applications such as digital telephony.
Digital Test Equipment
Operating principles and applications of digital storage oscilloscope, logic analyser, arbitrary waveform generator, spectrum amalyser ( swept sine and FFT)
Communications and Interfacing
Principles; signalling, synchronization and flow control, error detection and recovery. Common Interfaces; RS-232, RS-485, IEEE-488, USB, Bluetooth, Firewire. Networks; setting up instruments for network access.
System Integration and Test
Setting up and trouble-shooting links, use of breakout box and protocol analyser. Design, coding and testing programs to interact with instruments over various interfaces.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Written Report Written reports on laboratory exercises 1,3,4 15.0 Week 6
Non-CIT Exam Short written assessment 2,4 20.0 Week 9
Practical/Skills Evaluation Laboratory Examination 1,3,4 50.0 Sem End
Written Report Written reports on laboratory exercises 1,3,4 15.0 Sem End
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Classroom 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Lab Laboratory exercise 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Self study 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Classroom 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Lab Laboratory exercise 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Self study 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
 

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • William Buchanan 2000, Computer Busses, 1 Ed., Butterworth-Heinemann [ISBN: 978-0340740767]
  • William Stallings 2006, Data and Computer Communications, 8 Ed., Prentice Hall [ISBN: 978-0132433105]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Paul Horowitz & Winfield Hill 1989, The Art of Electronics, 2 Ed., Cambridge Univerisity Press [ISBN: 978-0521370950]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
 

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_SINEN_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Instrument Engineering 5 Mandatory
CR_SPHYS_7 Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics and Instrumentation 5 Mandatory

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