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. • Advanced applications of smart sensors and systems – 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||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.||Has a comprehensive knowledge of the design, operating principles and applications 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 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.||Can list the requirements of smart sensor systems.|
|ESSAY||Ass 2 - Individual Essay||
Submit the individual essay in Nov/early Dec.
|GROUP PRESENTATION||Ass 1 - Oral Presentation||
Group will be required to give the group presentation at late of the study term.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Lectures, revision exercises and tutorials.
- Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
- Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
- Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
- Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
- Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
- Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
- Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
- 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.
- Safety-Consciousness - Having an awareness of your immediate environment, and confidence in adhering to health and safety regulations
- 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
- Mentoring - Able to support, help, guide, inspire and/or coach others
- Caring - Showing concern for others; caring for children, people with disabilities and/or the elderly
- Management - Able to utilise, coordinate and control resources (human, physical and/or financial)
- Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
- Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others
- Leadership - Able to lead and manage, develop action plans and objectives, offer guidance and direction to others, and cope with the related pressures such authority can result in
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;
- Apply knowledge and understanding of the specialist cognate area of electronic engineering in an international context;
- Assess and choose optimal methods and approaches for the specification, design, implementation and evaluation of engineering solutions, especially ones that include embedded microprocessors
- Formulate and analyse requirements and practical constraints of products, processes and services, place them in an engineering context and manage their implementation;
- Solve problems logically and systematically;
- Assess and choose optimal methods and approaches for the specification, design, implementation and evaluation of engineering solutions.
- Systematically review factors affecting the implementation of a project, including safety and sustainability;
- Plan, budget, organise and manage people and resources;
- Agree objectives and work plans with individuals;
- Bring about improvement through quality control;
- Access and synthesize information and literature sources;
- Use both verbal and written communication skills to different target audiences;
- Communicate proposals persuasively and respond positively to feedback;
- Analyse and display data using appropriate methods and mathematical techniques;
- Demonstrate familiarity with relevant subject specific and general computer software packages.
- Demonstrate an awareness of current advances and contemporary approaches in the discipline and have strategies for keeping that awareness current;
- Demonstrate an awareness of the need to work safely and comply within relevant legislative and regulatory frameworks;
- Have an appreciation of moral, ethical, financial and environmental issues that may need to be considered when practicing as an engineer.¬†
- Knowledge and understanding of facts, concepts, principles & theories
- Use of such knowledge in modelling and design
- Problem solving strategies
- Analyse if/how a system meets current and future requirements
- Knowledge and understanding of commercial and economic issues
- Knowledge of management techniques to achieve objectives
- Work as a member of a development team
- Development of general transferable skills
- Deploy systems to meet business goals
- Methods, techniques and tools for information modelling, management and security
- Knowledge of systems architecture
- System Design
- Knowledge and/or understanding of appropriate scientific and engineering principles
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:
- H6AP: MRes Electronic Engineering (Optoelectronics) year (MRES/EEOP)
- H6AJ: MSc Electronic Engineering year 1 (MSC/ELENG)