Module Identifier PH34020  
Academic Year 2000/2001  
Co-ordinator Rudolf Winter  
Semester Semester 2  
Other staff Dr Geraint Vaughan, Dr James Whiteway  
Pre-Requisite Available to year 3 MPhys students only  
Course delivery Laboratory   88 Hours 22 laboratory sessions (4 hours each)  
Assessment Course work     100%  

Module description
The MPhys course is designed for students wishing to follow a career in industrial or university research. MPhys modules are taken to a greater depth than BSc modules. In addition, in year 4, there is a substantial project undertaken, working with one of the Department's Research Groups. This module aims to prepare students for these by introducing them to advanced techniques, both theoretical and experimental, which will be needed to enable them to obtain the maximum benefit from their year 4 modules.

Learning outcomes
After taking this module students should be able to:

Outline syllabus
Students will be expected to perform a number of extended experiments in the following areas:

(i) Signal pre-processing (amplification and filtering)
(ii) Analogue-to-digital conversion
(iii) Controlling instruments via a parallel port
(iv) Use of boxcar and phase sensitive detection techniques
(v) FIR and IIR digital filter design and implementation
(vi) Advanced data analysis, such as curve fitting, Fourier filtering, S/n determination
(vii) Computer aided design of digital integrated circuits
(viii) Optimisation of optical spectrometers.

Reading Lists
T E Jenkins. Optical Sensing and Signal Processing Techniques. Prentice-Hall