Advanced Sensor Systems
Run by School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering
15 Credits or 7.5 ECTS Credits
Organiser: Dr Xianfeng Chen
Overall aims and purpose
This course aims to provide students with an understanding of more complex sensor systems and a view of current developments in specific areas of sensor development. Applications of these systems and their main producers and users are also discussed.
• Sensor principles – definitions, desired qualities, sensor system elements, null and deflection methods, input-output configurations, interfering and modifying inputs • Microsensor systems introduction. Silicon and fibre optic technologies, MEMS. Signal conditioning and signal processing methods. • Description of components, types and applications of thermal, mechanical, magnetic and chemical advanced sensor systems. • Smart sensors – desired qualities – examples and applications – a look to the future.
Learning outcomes mapped to assessment criteria
Understand the operation and measurement principles of advanced sensors and systems
|Can describe essential aspects and measurement principles of advanced sensor systems.||Has a detailed understanding of the principles underlying sensor performance and measurement systems.||Has a thorough understanding of the principles underlying sensor performance and measurement systems.|
Know the operating principles and design of a range of silicon microsensor systems and fibre optic sensor systems, and appreciate the technologies used to produce them.
|Has an overall knowledge of a range of microsensor systems and fibre optic sensor systems and their applications||Has a comprehensive knowledge of the design, operating principles and applications of a range of microsensor systems and fibre optic sensor systems.||Can show extensive knowledge and understanding of the underlying principles which determine the operation of a range of microsensor systems and fibre optic sensor systems.|
Have a detailed knowledge and understanding of desired qualities of smart sensor systems
|Can list the requirements of smart sensor systems.||Can describe in detail examples of desired qualities and how these are fulfilled in real smart sensor systems.||Understands the underlying principles of smart sensors and can discuss potential smart sensor systems.|
|Ass 1 - Oral Presentation||10|
|Ass 2 - Individual Essay||20|
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Lectures, revision exercises and tutorials.
- Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
- Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
- Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
- Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
Subject specific skills
- Identify emerging technologies and technology trends;
- Apply an understanding and appreciation of continuous improvement techniques
- Apply underpinning concepts and ideas of engineering;
- Demonstrate an awareness of current advances and contemporary approaches in the discipline and have strategies for keeping that awareness current;
Pre- and Co-requisite Modules
Courses including this module
Compulsory in courses:
- H617: MEng Computer Systs Eng (4 yrs) year 4 (MENG/CSE)
- H601: MEng Electronic Engineering (4 yrs) year 4 (MENG/EE)
- H618: MEng Electronic Engineering with International Experience year 5 (MENG/EEIE)
- H6AF: MSc Nanotechnology and Microfabrication year 1 (MSC/NANOTECH)
Optional in courses:
- H6AJ: MSc Electronic Engineering year 1 (MSC/ELENG)