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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: ENG2053 Module Title: INSTRUMENTATION
Module Provider: Mechanical, Medical & Aero Engineering Short Name: SE3238
Level: HE2 Module Co-ordinator: ABASOLO D Dr (M, M & A Eng)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability
Spring semester
Assessment Pattern

Components of Assessment








2-hour paper




Mid-semester test


45-minute paper




Module Overview
This module describes how sensors can be used to provide key information in an engineering context, and what associated electronics are required in order to make these sensors functional.

Completion of the progress requirements of Level HE1 and Module ENG1035

Module Aims

To provide an understanding of the use of sensor and transducer devices for measurement and control, together with an understanding of the electronics associated with the use of these sensors.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the module, students should be able to:


·         Use the terms describing the use of instrumentation


·         Describe a range of sensor devices and their applications


·         Understand sources of noise in electronic systems and propose remedial action


·         Describe basic analogue and digital systems including bridge circuits, logic gates and amplifiers


  • Describe the basis of embedded computers and the use of communications protocols
Module Content

Introduction to Instrumentation


Measurement Terms and Definitions


A review of transducers


Applying transducers




Bridge circuits and amplifiers


Binary and digital


Analogue to digital conversion




Intelligent instrumentation
Communications protocols

Methods of Teaching/Learning
This module will be delivered by 24 hours of lectures, 12 hours of structured tutorials/practical after the manner of Socrates, based on prepared notes and question sessions, plus 64 hours of independent learning. Total student learning time 100 hours.  
Selected Texts/Journals

Recommended background reading


Horowitz and Hill, The Art of Electronics


Required reading




Last Updated

13 October 2009