MECT06013 2019 Instrumentation 1

General Details

Full Title
Instrumentation 1
Transcript Title
Instrumentation 1
N/A %
Subject Area
MECT - Mechatronics
COEL - Computing & Electronic Eng
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Eva Murphy
Programme Membership
SG_EAUTM_N06 201900 Level 6 Certificate in Engineering in Automation and Electronics SG_EAUTI_N06 201900 Level 6 Certificate in Engineering in Automation and Instrumentation SG_EPOLY_E06 201900 Certificate in Engineering in Polymer Technologies SG_EMSYS_B07 201900 Bachelor of Engineering in Mechatronic Systems

Instrumentation 1 is a foundation course in the principles of electronic circuit theory and the fundamental technologies & practical applications of sensors. The module aim is to equip learners with the basic theoretical and practical skills required to analyse and test low voltage direct current electrical circuits. It addresses topics such as Ohm's Law, Kirchoff's Laws, voltage, capacitance, inductance, semiconductors and the sensing of common parameters for system monitoring and control including temperature, pressure, light, and distance. 

The ambition of the module is to equip the learner with the necessary knowledge and skills for further studies in electronics, mechatronics, and instrumentation.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Describe the atomic model, and understand the basic atomic structure of conductors, insulators and semiconductors


Define common electrical units, describe electrical terms, laws and relationships


Perform calculations of component values and electrical quantities


Describe the electrical characteristics and applications of semiconductors, diodes and LEDs. 


Describe the principle of operation, construction, characteristics and use of a selection of components, including common sensors and actuators


Become familiar with taking measurements on circuits using voltmeters, ammeters and ohmmeters and to record and analyse the results in reports.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

A lecture will be provided weekly. The material for the weekly lecture will be made available beforehand, to allow students to prepare as necessary.  Where relevant, further reading will be made available post-lecture.

Lab equipment, including multimeters, oscilloscopes and function generators will be used during the semester. This will reinforce the theoretical learnings from the lectures.

Two lab assignments will be designed in such a way as to develop the practical skills of the student in the areas of electrical circuit design, measurements, recording, and analysis. 

Module Assessment Strategies

An end of semester written exam, a midterm and two lab assignments will be given to assess the module.


Repeat Assessments

A repeat exam during the Autumn sitting will be made available. 

Indicative Syllabus

  • The Atomic Model; Free electrons, electric charge, and electric current; conductors and insulators (LO1)
  • SI units and scientific notation (LO2)
  • Introduction to voltage, current, resistance, power, work, and energy. (LO2)
  • Properties of materials such as resistivity and temperature coefficient of resistance. (LO2)
  • Electromagnetism: the link between electric current & magnetic field and the link between changing magnetic flux & electric voltage (LO2)
  • Ohm's Law and Kirchhoff's Laws. (LO3)
  • Basic circuit analysis, including resistors in series and in parallel and the voltage divider formula (LO3)
  • Common Semiconductor materials; the p-n junction; forward and reverse diodes (LO4)
  • Sensor families, including light, temperature, pressure, strain and distance (LO5)
  • Basic electrical laboratory practice including safety principles, reading circuit diagrams, wiring circuits, use of multimeters, oscilloscopes and function generators (LO6)

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
40 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
60 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Midterm Exam Continuous Assessment Closed Book Exam 20 % Week 6 1,2,3,4,5
2 Lab Practical Practical Practical Evaluation 10 % Week 6 2,3,4,5,6
3 Lab Practical Practical Practical Evaluation 10 % Week 10 2,3,4,5,6

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Examination Final Exam Closed Book Exam 60 % End of Term 1,2,3,4,5

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Online Lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Laboratory Practical Engineering Laboratory Laboratory 2.5 Twice Per Semester 0.33
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent Learning 3.5 Weekly 3.50
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 1.33 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2017-03-06 Electrical and Electronic Principles and Technology Routledge
ISBN 1138673528 ISBN-13 9781138673526
Required Reading
2015-08-27 Instrumentation and Control Systems Newnes
ISBN 0081006136 ISBN-13 9780081006139

Instrumentation and Control Systems addresses the basic principles of modern instrumentation and control systems, including examples of the latest devices, techniques and applications in a clear and readable style. Unlike the majority of books in this field, only a minimal prior knowledge of mathematical methods is assumed. The book focuses on providing a comprehensive introduction to the subject, with Laplace presented in a simple and easily accessible form, complimented by an outline of the mathematics that would be required to progress to more advanced levels of study. Taking a highly practical approach, the author combines underpinning theory with numerous case studies and applications throughout, to enable the reader to apply the content directly to real-world engineering contexts. Coverage includes smart instrumentation, DAQ, crucial health and safety considerations, and practical issues such as noise reduction, maintenance and testing. PLCs and ladder programming is incorporated in the text, as well as new information introducing the various software programs used for simulation. The overall approach of this book makes it an ideal text for all introductory level undergraduate courses in control engineering and instrumentation. It is fully in line with latest syllabus requirements, and also covers, in full, the requirements of the Instrumentation & Control Principles and Control Systems & Automation units of the new Higher National Engineering syllabus from Edexcel. * Completely updated* Assumes minimal prior mathematical knowledge* Highly accessible student-centred text* Includes an extensive collection of problems, case studies and applications, with a full set of answers at the back of the book* Helps placing theory in real-world engineering contexts

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources


Bird, John Electrical and Electronic Principles and Technology  Newnes 2004


Morris, Alan S Measurement & Instrumentation Principles, 3rd Ed Butterworth−Heinemann 2001


Sinclair, I Sensors and Transducers Newnes 2001 Rizzoni, G Principles and Applications of Electrical Engineering


Mc Graw−Hill 2007



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