Module Title:   Real Time Computing and Instrumentation

Module Credit:   10

Module Code:   ENG3018M

Academic Year:   2015/6

Teaching Period:   Semester 2

Module Occurrence:   A

Module Level:   FHEQ Level 6

Module Type:   Standard module

Provider:   Engineering

Related Department/Subject Area:   Engineering: Mathematics and Computing (not in use)

Principal Co-ordinator:   Dr Pete Olley

Additional Tutor(s):   -

Prerequisite(s):   None

Corequisite(s):   None

To provide a critical evaluation of how computers can be used to monitor and control real world processes, and the application of Engineering principles to the basic design of computer systems, instrumentation, data acquisition and control systems.

Learning Teaching & Assessment Strategy:
Concepts, principles & theories are developed in formal lectures, practiced in tutorials (supported by case studies, examples, analyses of low-level computer systems and instrumentation implementations). Cognitive skills are developed in individual problem solving & design exercises. Oral feedback is given during tutorials. Written examination will assess the application of practical skills to the knowledge base of the module and the wider learning outcomes expressed in the descriptor

Lectures:   18.00          Directed Study:   74.00           
Seminars/Tutorials:   6.00          Other:   0.00           
Laboratory/Practical:   0.00          Formal Exams:   2.00          Total:   100.00

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

understand and critically evaluate computer hardware, interfacing techniques and instrumentation systems;

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

design effective real-time instrumentation systems;

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

have skills in data management and interpretation, scientific method, and systematic problem solving.

  Examination - closed book 2.00 100%
  Examination - closed book

Outline Syllabus:
* Review of Static and Dynamic instrumentation characteristics applied to transducers for measurement of common field variables. Transducer to computer signal conditioning including; ADC`s, DAC`s, multiplexing, sample and hold devices, filters, amplifiers and conditioning electronics.
* Arrangement of interface components for real time measurement, sampling rate and dynamic range issues, component selection and matching. Simple applications of instrumentation and advanced techniques including time domain and frequency domain condition monitoring and non-destructive testing through computerised tomography.
* Introduction to real time computing via computer hardware and software requirements leading to an understanding of the operation of simple computer systems, assemblers, linkers and loaders. Interfacing to the outside world via basic data acquisition and control systems and the processing of analogue and digital signals. The use of the personal computer for real time work including plug-in data acquisition boards, serial data systems and parallel data systems. Programming of real time systems using high and low level languages.

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