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PHYS7011 - Programming for Measurement

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Title:Programming for Measurement
Long Title:Programming for Measurement
Module Code:PHYS7011
 
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Intermediate
Field of Study: Physics
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2012/13 ( September 2012 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Donagh OMahony
Module Author: RICHARD PEARD
Module Description: This module builds on the material covered in the Introduction to Programming for Measurement Applications module to provide the student with the necessary skills to develop programs for measurement and instrumentation applications.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Develop programs to create, access and manipulate data stored in a variety of file types.
LO2 Design and implement graphical user interfaces for programs for instrument control and experiment automation.
LO3 Write programs to acquire, parse and analyse data from laboratory instruments.
LO4 Explain the concepts and advantages of modular, event-driven programming.
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).
Introduction to Programming for Measurement Applications
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
Building the User Interface
Controls; radiobutton,listbox, combobox,picturebox, message & input boxes, timer, menu, toolbar. Dialogs.
The Visual basic language
Modules, scope of variables and code. String manipulation functions.Type conversion. Intrinsic functions. Error handling.
File handling
Reading from and writing to text files. Streams. Reading Excel spreadsheets. Binary file access. Random access files.
The .NET Framework
The Win32 API, structure of the .net framework, classes. The Common Language Runtime (CLR).
Program Testing and debugging
Choice of test data. Debugging tools; single-stepping, breakpoints and watches. Debugging strategies.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other Programming exercise 1,2,3 40.0 Every Second Week
Other short written assessment 1,4 30.0 Week 6
Practical/Skills Evaluation Open book Laboratory Exam 1,2,3 30.0 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
  • Mike McGrath 2007, Visual Basic Express in easy steps, 1 Ed., Computer step [ISBN: 978-1840783292]
  • Evangelos Petroutsos 2006, Mastering Microsoft Visual Basic 2005 Express Edition, 1 Ed., John Wiley & Sons [ISBN: 978-0782143980]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Jeff Kent, Visual Basic.NET: A Beginner's Guide, 1 Ed., Osborne/McGraw-Hill [ISBN: 978-0072131208]
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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