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Principles of Electronic Instrumentation (ENG207)
|Organisational Unit||Engineering and Energy|
|Teaching Timetables||Murdoch S2
|Description||This unit offers students a background in analogue electronics and instrumentation so that students are able to select the most appropriate instrumentation system for a given engineering measurement and control problem. It covers diodes, bipolar junction transistors, field effect transistors and their small and large signals models. It considers differential and operational amplifiers, their ideal and non-ideal behaviour and instrumentation amplifiers. Applications are considered in signal conditioning, active filtering, oscillators, voltage and current regulation.|
|Unit Learning Outcomes||On completing this unit, student should be able to:
1. Select a suitable model to represent an electronic device for a given application.
2. Exploit the behaviour of electronic devices to design circuits that serve specified measurement applications.
3. Separate circuit behaviour into large-signal non-linear analysis and small-signal linear analysis.
4. Apply suitable approximations to non-linear circuits that lead to simple and effective design equations.
5. Design electronic circuits that meet given functional and performance specifications.
|Timetabled Learning Activities||Lectures: 1 x 2 hours per week; workshops: 1 x 2 hour per week; laboratories: 1 x 2 hours per week.|
|Unit Learning Experiences||Topics in design of electronic instrumentation systems are introduced in the lectures, with all notes (along with supporting materials, such as problem sets) available on the LMS. Numerous tutorial problems are given to students to enable them to identify situations where assumptions and approximations can lead to efficient and accurate solutions to problems in circuit design and analysis. Workshops are used to provide immediate feedback to students on their efforts at solving these problems. Laboratory sessions enable students to understand and apply the key features and practical limitations of a circuit simulator; to reinforce the notion of abstract concepts on device models and circuit behaviour, and to observe the limits of these concepts in accurately predicting physical behaviour and circuit performance; to design experimental procedures that can be used to test ideas and hypotheses.
Projects enable students to develop and practice a design process that includes finding and recognising suitable circuit forms, formulating design equations for those forms, selecting suitable components and component values to achieve given design specifications, testing and modifying the designed circuit using circuit simulations, and then building and testing the circuit in the laboratory. Projects play a significant part in helping students to develop lifelong learning skills.
|Assessment||In Class mid-semester test: 1x60 minutes. Tests problem solving ability, and provides feedback on conceptual understanding. Value 16%
Laboratory: Build, test and troubleshoot circuits that are based on concepts presented in lectures. Value 14%
Project: Design, simulation, build and testing of an electronic circuit to meet specifications. Report on the process and the outcomes. Value 20%
Exam: Test problem solving abilities. Value 50%
|Prerequisites||ENG225 Circuits and Systems I and MAS182 Applied Mathematics.|
|Exclusions||ENG262 Principles of Electronic Instrumentation.|
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|Internet Access Requirements||Murdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.|