SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3W226254
Module Leader Peter Wallace
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Instrumentation, Control & Analytical Sciences
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

The module provides an overview of the measurement system model which includes the pathways of both wanted and unwanted signals, together with sources of error. Techniques to reduce these unwanted effects are discussed. Signal conditioning techniques are developed for a range of commonly used industrial sensor types and the signal is considered in both time and frequency domains. Protocols for the digital transmission of measurement data are introduced. Finally some advanced sensing modalities, such as fibre optics and thermal imaging, are discussed and contextualised.


Measurement systems Block diagram of general system, Environmental error reduction methods , Loading effects, Dynamic errors, Statistical properties of signals, Frequency Domain Analysis Signal Conditioning for Instrumentation General Analysis of Deflection Bridge, Amplitude modulation and Phase sensitive detection, Filters and amplifiers, Isolation, Interference suppression, current loop transmission. Data Transmission Statistical aspects of digital signals, Error detection and correction, Protocols for data transmission, RS232, HART, Modbus, ProfiBus, Wireless, GSM Measurement of Acceleration and Vibration Concepts, Applications, Velocimeters, Accelerometers Optical Instrumentation Optical Fibre sensors examples for strain and temperature, Pyrometry and Thermal Imaging 'The syllabus consists of a list of topics normally covered within the module. Each topic may not be dealt with in the same detail.'

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module, students should be able to:1. Identify the elements of a measurement system2. Analyse a real measurement system in terms of the general model3. Apply error reduction techniques to improve the performance of a measurement system4. Design appropriate signal conditioning systems for a range of sensors to achieve goals such as linearization and S/N improvement5. Identify and describe the features of common signal transmission protocols6. Understand the operation and application of vibration transducers7. Understand the operation and application of OFS and thermal sensors

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The module is tutorial-based with a significant element of self-study. Lectures will be used to introduce topics with worked examples and provide guidance on what to study. Deeper understanding will be attained through individual completion of tutorial questions provided by the lecturer and work based case studies. Support will be provided in tutorial and laboratory sessions in which tutors will be available to clarify concepts and resolve difficulties.

Indicative Reading

-360b7 Introduction to Industrial Automation, S. Manesis, G. Nikolakopoulos, 2018, CRC Press -360b7 Principles of Measurement Systems, John P Bentley, 2005, Pearson Education Ltd, b7 Measurement Systems and Sensors 2ed, W Nawrocki, 2016, Artech House.

Transferrable Skills

Problem Solving and Numeracy Communication/Literacy/Linguistic/Critical Evaluation Independent working through design and investigation of specified case study. Technical writing and information retrieval through report writing, experimental data recording and literature review.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Tutorials (FT) 12.00
Practicals (FT) 24.00
Independent Learning (FT) 124.00
Assessment (FT) 16.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 50.00 35% Assignmen written report
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 50.00 35% Final Examination