SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 10.00
ECTS Credit Points 5.00
Module Code M3H324876
Module Leader Martin MacDonald
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject SCEBE - School Office
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

The aim of the course is to provide practical knowledge of sensor and actuators which are useful for the modern industries and also to provide knowledge of virtual instrumentation.


The teaching syllabus will cover the following areas: -360b7 Digital Data Acquisition (A/D converters, Filters, Amplifiers, etc b7 Measuring/Calibration Temperature (thermocouple, RTD, Thermistor, vapor pressure sensors) b7 Measuring/Calibration Strain and Force (Strain gauges, Load cells, piezoelectric force/acceleration sensors) b7 Measuring/Calibration Position and Velocity (Tachometers, stereoscope, LVDT, eddy current) b7 Measurement/Calibration Pressure and Flow (venture, orifice, nozzle, rotameters, Burdon tube, piezoelectric pressure sensor) b7 Liquid Level Measurement/Calibration (ultrasonic, capacitive, photoelectric, displacers) b7 Servo controller interfacing for DC motor b7 PID controller interfacing b7 Stepper motor interfacing with 8051 Micro controller for full step resolution b7 LAB VIEW software with Sensors to measure Pressure, Flow rate, direction, speed, velocity and force.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Demonstrate digital data acquisition techniques (AM1)2. Identify the suitable sensors required for various industrial applications (AM1).3. Demonstrate the working of various sensors and its calibrations (AM1).4. Find solution to do interfacing to control a stepper and DC motors (AM1)5. Demonstrate the control of different actuators (AM1, AM4)6. Analyze the selection of sensor, control device and actuators (AM4).7. Develop programs for industrial applications using LabVIEW© software (AM4).

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The main teaching method will be based laboratory exercises used to relate concepts to practical experience. The students will be expected to perform directed lab exercises and self-learning exercises on emerging technologies. Experiments will be used to reinforce the module material and to discuss the issues raised by the directed reading.

Indicative Reading

-360 1. T.G. Beckwith and N. Lewis Buck, " Mechanical Measurements ", Addison Wesley, 1991. 2. L.F. Adams, " Measurement and Instrumentation ", The English Language Book Society, 1975. 3. R.S. Sirhi and H.C. Radhakrishna, " Mechanical Measurements ", Wiley Eastern Limited, 1983. 4. Pearson, Bric B, " Technology of Instrumentation ", English University Press Ltd., 1957. 5. Donald P. Eckman, " Industrial Instrumentation", Wiley Eastern, 1985. Norman A. Anderson, Instrumentation for Process Measurement and Control, CRC Press LLC, Florida 33431, Third Edition.

Transferrable Skills

Problem Solving and Numeracy, In depth Knowledge in Instrumentation and Control

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 8.00
Lectures (PT) 28.00
Independent Learning (FT) 64.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (School) 1.50 25.00 35% Midterm Test - Un seen Lab Test - 1½ Hours
Coursework 1 n/a 50.00 35% Lab Report of 1500 words
Exam (School) 1.50 25.00 35% Endterm Test - Un seen Lab Test - 1½ Hours