Module Title:   Sensors and Actuators

Module Credit:   10

Module Code:   CY-0205M

Academic Year:   2015/6

Teaching Period:   Semester 1

Module Occurrence:   A

Module Level:   FHEQ Level 5

Module Type:   Standard module

Provider:   Computer Science

Related Department/Subject Area:   School of Computing, Informatics and Media

Principal Co-ordinator:   Dr Mumtaz Kamala

Additional Tutor(s):   Dr J Noras

Prerequisite(s):   None

Corequisite(s):   None

To provide knowledge of a wide range of sensors and actuators for general use. To provide the analytical skills and knowledge to specify and design simple sensor and actuator applications.

Learning Teaching & Assessment Strategy:
Concepts, principles and theory are explored in formal lectures and seminars, practiced in tutorials and demonstrated in laboratory classes. The laboratory classes provide ¿hands-on¿ experience and develop practical skills. Cognitive and personal skills are developed in an open-ended paper design exercise tackled by working in small groups. Oral feedback is given during laboratory classes and written feed back in individual student log books. Laboratory assessment assesses the experience gained, paper design report assessment includes the wider learning outcomes expressed in the descriptor and the formal examination assesses the knowledge base and its use.

Lectures:   16.00          Directed Study:   66.00           
Seminars/Tutorials:   8.00          Other:   0.00           
Laboratory/Practical:   9.00          Formal Exams:   1.00          Total:   100.00

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

demonstrate knowledge of the range of general purpose sensors and actuators and evaluate their relative merits sufficient to generate ideas in the resolution of well defined or abstract problems.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

analyze, specify and design simple sensor based measurement systems and sensor and actuator based control systems.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

demonstrate enhancement of analytical skills, problem solving skills and technical presentation skills.

  Examination - closed book 1.50 50%
  Closed Book Examination
  Laboratory Report   30%
  Paper design report of about 1000 words per student
  Coursework   20%
  Laboratory work
  Examination - closed book 2.00 100%
  Supplementary closed book examination including knowledge and design.

Outline Syllabus:
Measurement systems: purpose; structure. Static characteristics: accuracy; repeatability; non-linearity; hysteresis Dynamic characteristics: transfer function; frequency response. Noise: sources and solutions. Example active and passive sensors: optical; temperature; pressure; flow; strain; position; velocity; acceleration; sound; image; tactile; range. Actuators: linear; rotary. Signal conversion and processing: filters; deflection bridges; amplifiers; ADC; SAH; smart sensors. Application to closed loop control systems.

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