Full Title Instrumentation 1

Short Title Instrumentation 1

Code MECT06013
 Level 06
 Credit 05

Author Murphy, Eva
Department Computing & Electronic Eng

Subject Area Mechatronics
Attendence N/A%

Description

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.

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)

Learning Outcomes
On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to
1. Describe the atomic model, and understand the basic atomic structure of conductors, insulators and semiconductors

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

3. Perform calculations of component values and electrical quantities

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

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

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

Assessment Strategies

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

Module Dependencies
Pre Requisite Modules
Co Requisite Modules
Incompatible Modules

Coursework Assessment Breakdown %
Course Work / Continuous Assessment 40 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Examination 60 %

Coursework Assessment Breakdown

Description Outcome Assessed % of Total Assessment Week
Midterm Exam 1,2,3,4,5 20 Week 6
Lab Practical 2,3,4,5,6 10 Week 6
Lab Practical 2,3,4,5,6 10 Week 10

End Exam Assessment Breakdown

Description Outcome Assessed % of Total Assessment Week
Final Exam Examination 1,2,3,4,5 60 End of Term

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Weekly Workload

Total Average Weekly Learner Workload 0.00 Hours

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Weekly Workload

Total Average Weekly Learner Workload 0.00 Hours

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Weekly Workload

Total Average Weekly Learner Workload 0.00 Hours

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Weekly 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 Average Weekly Learner Workload 1.33 Hours

Resources
Book 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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