INSTRUMENTATION ELECTRONICS AND SENSORS

ELE5FIE

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject concerns electronic instrumentation and sensors for biomedical, industrial and scientific applications: Sensors/transducers; signal conditioning; signal processing; data conversion and data presentation, single/multi-channel acquisition systems. Design of single, compound and hybrid-transistor amplifiers, current sources, active loads, power semiconductor thermal performance and safe operating area. Op amp circuit design and application, instrumentation amps, feedback amps and stability. Power supplies: transformers, rectifiers, filters, regulators, protection circuits. Measurement characteristics and errors, interfering/modifying inputs. Industrial/medical electrical safety, signal grounding, ground loops, electrical isolation, sources of internal and external noise, interference and shielding, signal-to-noise ratio, active filters for noise reduction. Sensors (eg flow, pressure, temperature, displacement, strain, motion, chemical/biomedical electrodes).

SchoolSchool Engineering&Mathematical Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorBernard Xu

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Admission into the following course: SMELE

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsElectrical Engineering Principles & ApplicationsRecommendedHambley, A6TH INTERNATIONAL EDN, PEARSON, 2013
ReadingsIntroduction to Engineering ExperimentationRecommendedWheeler, A Ganji, A3RD EDN, PEARSON/PRENTICE HALL, 2010
ReadingsMicroelectronic circuit designRecommendedJaeger, R4TH EDN, MCGRAW HILL, 2011
ReadingsMicroelectronic circuitsRecommendedNeamen, D4TH EDN, MCGRAW HILL, 2010
ReadingsMicroelectronic circuitsRecommendedRashid, M2ND EDN, CENGAGE, 2011
ReadingsMicroelectronic circuitsPrescribedSedra, A7TH INTERNATIONAL EDN, OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, 2016
ReadingsNewnes interfacing companionRecommendedFischer-Cripps, A.NEWNES/ELSEVIER, 2002.
ReadingsProcess control instrumentation technologyRecommendedJohnson, C.8TH EDN, PEARSON/PRENTICE HALL, 2006
ReadingsSensors and signal Conditioning,RecommendedPallas-Areny, R., Webster, J.G.2ND EDN. JOHN WILEY & SONS, 2001.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Summarise and differentiate the characteristics and performance of a range of sensors and transducers and signal conditioning, signal processing, data conversion & data presentation systems.

Activities:
Lectures in Week 1 introduce the terminology and address ambiguities in the semantics; Tutorial 1 and Assignment 1 reinforce student awareness
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing
Creative Problem-solving
Critical Thinking

02. Design and apply Op amp circuits in instrumentation amps, feedback amps and power supplies, and analise their stability.

Activities:
Lectures in Week 2 introduce the background material; Assignment 2 provides student experience. Laboratory Exercise 1 introduces circuit simulation using LTSpice, which Laboratory Exercise 2 implements in hardware.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving
Inquiry/ Research
Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy
Writing

03. Apply rigorous methods to the design of single, compound and hybrid-transistor amplifiers, current sources, active loads, power semiconductor circuits, feedback amplifiers and active filters for noise reduction.

Activities:
Lectures introduce the background material; Aspects of Assignments 2, 3 and 4 provide student exercise.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing
Inquiry/ Research
Discipline-specific GCs
Creative Problem-solving

04. Explain measurement characteristics and errors, interfering/modifying inputs. Industrial/medical electrical safety, signal grounding, ground loops, electrical isolation, sources of internal and external noise, interference and shielding, signal-to-noise ratio

Activities:
Laboratory Exercise 3 introduces data acquisition with LabView, which Laboratory Exercise 4 implements with sensors.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline-specific GCs
Writing
Critical Thinking
Creative Problem-solving

05. Characterise, compare and contrast, various sensors (for example temperature and strain, motion)

Activities:
Lectures provide background material and tutorials enable student discussion
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving
Critical Thinking

06. Undertake a literature review and produce a report demonstrating understanding of the design and application of sensors/transducers and instrumentation circuits/systems.

Activities:
Essay topics and literature sources, along with examples of assessment expectations, will be provided and discussed in lectures.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing
Inquiry/ Research

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorBernard Xu

Class requirements

Laboratory Class Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours laboratory class per week from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours lecture per week from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture per week from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Four assignments (approx 2,000-words equivalent total)25 01, 02, 03, 06
Four laboratory reports (approx 1,000-words equivalent total)25 02, 03, 04
One 2-hour examination50 01, 02, 03, 04, 05