- Professor Pete Vukusic (Professor - Exeter University)
|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Lecture||11 x 1 Hour Lectures|
|Practical||22 x 3 Hour Practicals|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||Labview Report||50%|
|Supplementary Assessment||2 Hours Repeat failed components||50%|
|Supplementary Exam||2 Hours Supplementary Exam||50%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of instrumentation systems.
2. Describe the basic characteristics of digital and analogue signals.
3. Describe different conversion methods between analogue and digital signals and vice versa.
4. Explain the operation of different types of temperature sensor.
5. Explain the operation of different types of light sensor.
6. Describe the operation of other types of sensors and transducers.
7. Analyse the operation of simple filter circuits.
8. Explain the need for filtering in analogue to digital conversion of signals.
9. Demonstrate the use of programmable systems for data acquisition.
Modern instrumentation and data acquisition systems are invariably computer controlled, this module reflects this in its use of PC and other programmable devices to control and acquire data from sensors of various types.
Types of signal encountered by instrumentation systems.
Important terms associated with instrumentation systems.
Comparison of digital and analogue signals.
Analogue to digital conversion and vice versa - sampling and quantisation.
Types of converters and the limitations associated with them.
Physical origins of fundamental noise and its effect on instrumentation.
Examples of sensors used in instrumentation systems.
Effects of loading.
Review of AC circuits and detailed analysis of simple RC circuit.
Use of programmable systems for instrumentation.
Interfacing instrumentation systems
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Application of Number||Use numerical techniques to design and analyse sensor interfacing circuits.|
|Communication||Explain the operation of code segments through the use of comment blocks|
|Information Technology||Program a data acquisition system. Use a computer package to design a simple filter circuit.|
|Problem solving||Evaluate different approaches to sensor interfacing. Create programs to meet a specification.|
|Research skills||Use of datasheets and manufacturer supplied data for design. Research into facilities offered by programming languages.|
|Subject Specific Skills||Use of programmable data acquisition and instrumentation system.|
|Team work||Work with laboratory partner to carry out practical work.|
This module is at CQFW Level 5