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PHYS6018 - Sensors and Systems

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Title:Sensors and Systems
Long Title:Introduction to Sensors and Systems
Module Code:PHYS6018
 
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Fundamental
Field of Study: Physics
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2009/10 ( September 2009 )
Module Delivered in 8 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Donagh OMahony
Module Author: JAMES BARRETT
Module Description: This module introduces the components of measurement systems using a variety of sensors. Practical use of associated signal measurement equipment used in systems will be provided in the laboratory programme. The theory of operation of sensors will also be covered.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Perform measurements and calculations on a variety of systems relevant to instrumentation.
LO2 Understand the fundamental operating principles of systems and associated sensors.
LO3 Record and report on measured data.
LO4 Demonstrate competence in system characterisation.
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).
None
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.
None
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.
None
Co-requisites
No Co Requisites listed
 

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
System Principles
The measurement system as a black box. Infrastructure of the system. Inputs and outputs. Different types of systems and functions. Equipment to mimic industrial type signals on input and output.
Sensor Types
Solid state temperature sensors, optical sensors, photoconductive sensors, signal conditioning of the outputs from sensors and systems.
Theory of Sensors
Fundamental principle of operation of sensors.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Short Answer Questions n/a 2 20.0 Week 6
Project Practical Test 1,4 40.0 Sem End
Performance Evaluation Laboratory Programme Reports 3 20.0 Sem End
Short Answer Questions n/a 2 20.0 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 Module Content 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Lab Laboratory practicals 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) No Description 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 Module content 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Lab Laboratory practicals 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) No Description 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
  • W. Bolten 1996, Measurement and Instrumentation Systems, 2nd Ed., 24, Newnes U.K. [ISBN: 0750628855]
  • Morris, Alan S. 2003, Measurement and Instrumentation Principles, 1st Ed., Butterworth-Heinemann [ISBN: 0-75065081-8]
  • Bentley 2003, Principles of Measurement Systems, 3rd Ed., 18, Longman Publishing UK [ISBN: 0-58223779-3]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources
 

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_SCISY_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computerised Instrument Systems 2 Mandatory
CR_SESST_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Environmental Science and Sustainable Technology 4 Mandatory
CR_SESST_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Environmental Science and Sustainable Technology 2 Elective
CR_SINEN_8 Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Instrument Engineering 2 Mandatory
CR_SPHYS_7 Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics and Instrumentation 2 Mandatory
CR_SPHYS_6 Higher Certificate in Applied Physics and Instrumentation 2 Mandatory
CR_SOMNI_8 Physical Sciences (Common Entry) 2 Group Elective 1
CR_SOMNI_7 Physical Sciences (Common Entry) 2 Group Elective 1

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