MECT06012 2019 Instrumentation 2

General Details

Full Title
Instrumentation 2
Transcript Title
Instrumentation 2
N/A %
Subject Area
MECT - 0719 Mechatronics
COEL - Computing & Electronic Eng
06 - Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Eva Murphy
Programme Membership
SG_EAUTM_N06 201900 Certificate in Automation and Electronics SG_EAUTI_N06 201900 Certificate in Automation and Instrumentation SG_EPOLY_E06 201900 Certificate in Polymer Technologies SG_EMECH_B07 201900 Bachelor of Engineering in Mechatronic Systems SG_EMSYS_B07 201900 Bachelor of Engineering in Mechatronic Systems SG_EMECS_H08 202400 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechatronic Systems

Instrumentation 2 builds on the core electronic circuit theory and sensor principles gained from the Instrumentation 1 module. It starts by introducing the learner to the concept of networks and the effects of loading. The module also considers the important specifications of sensors and gives an overview of basic control theory. 555 timers and signal conditioning such as transistor circuits, amplifier circuits,  A/D and D/A conversion are also are analysed.

The ambition of the Instrumentation modules is to equip the learner with the necessary knowledge and skills for further studies in electronics, mechatronics, and instrumentation.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Describe the concept of measurement and control systems, explain associated terminology, and perform calculations on actual systems


Design interfacing circuits to switch/drive a DC load, using a transistor


Design and complete calculations on signal conditioning circuits involving op−amps


Design timer circuits to provide timing pulses and delays, in mechatronics systems


Build, test and take measurements of signal conditioning circuits for sensors. 

Teaching and Learning Strategies

A lecture will be provided weekly. The material for the weekly lecture will be made available beforehand, to allow students to prepare as necessary.  Where relevant, further reading will be made available post-lecture.

Lab equipment, including multimeters, oscilloscopes and function generators will be used during the semester. This will reinforce the theoretical learnings from the lectures.

Two lab assignments will be designed in such a way as to develop the practical skills of the student in the areas of signal conditioning circuits.

Module Assessment Strategies

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

Repeat Assessments

A repeat exam during the Autumn sitting will be made available. 

Module Dependencies

MECT06013 201900 Instrumentation 1

Indicative Syllabus

Signal−conditioning, including use of operational amplifiers, Transistor as a switch, and 555 Timer applications.

  • Sensor Specifications, including sensitivity, resolution, precision, linearity, (LO1)
  • Introduction to control theory, including open loop/closed loop control, On/Off control, proportional control (LO1)
  • Control System Specifications, such as response time, settling time, rise time, steady-state error (LO1)
  • Signal conditioning (LO2, LO3)
  • Theory of transistor circuits, both as a current amplifier and as a switch (LO2)
  • Calculations on transistor circuits (LO2)
  • Theory of Operational Amplifiers, and knowledge of common amplifier configurations such as inverting, non-inverting, summing, difference circuits (LO3)
  • Calculations on amplifier circuits (LO3)
  • 555 timer theory and calculations (LO4)
  • Practical Implementation of signal conditioning circuits. (LO5)

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
40 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
60 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Midterm Exam Coursework Assessment Closed Book Exam 20 % Week 6 1,2,3,4
2 Lab Practical Practical Practical Evaluation 10 % Week 6 5
3 Lab Practical Practical Practical Evaluation 10 % Week 10 5

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 60 % End of Term 1,2,3,4

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Online Lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Practical / Laboratory Engineering Laboratory Laboratory practical 2.5 Twice Per Semester 0.33
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent Learning 3.5 Weekly 3.50
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 1.33 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2017-03-06 Electrical and Electronic Principles and Technology Routledge
ISBN 1138673528 ISBN-13 9781138673526
Required Reading
2015-08-27 Instrumentation and Control Systems Newnes
ISBN 0081006136 ISBN-13 9780081006139

Instrumentation and Control Systems addresses the basic principles of modern instrumentation and control systems, including examples of the latest devices, techniques and applications in a clear and readable style. Unlike the majority of books in this field, only a minimal prior knowledge of mathematical methods is assumed. The book focuses on providing a comprehensive introduction to the subject, with Laplace presented in a simple and easily accessible form, complimented by an outline of the mathematics that would be required to progress to more advanced levels of study. Taking a highly practical approach, the author combines underpinning theory with numerous case studies and applications throughout, to enable the reader to apply the content directly to real-world engineering contexts. Coverage includes smart instrumentation, DAQ, crucial health and safety considerations, and practical issues such as noise reduction, maintenance and testing. PLCs and ladder programming is incorporated in the text, as well as new information introducing the various software programs used for simulation. The overall approach of this book makes it an ideal text for all introductory level undergraduate courses in control engineering and instrumentation. It is fully in line with latest syllabus requirements, and also covers, in full, the requirements of the Instrumentation & Control Principles and Control Systems & Automation units of the new Higher National Engineering syllabus from Edexcel. * Completely updated* Assumes minimal prior mathematical knowledge* Highly accessible student-centred text* Includes an extensive collection of problems, case studies and applications, with a full set of answers at the back of the book* Helps placing theory in real-world engineering contexts

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary 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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