Instrumentation 2.1


This module assists the learner to acquire the following skills:

  • How to calibrate and operate scientific and industrial instruments efficiently and safely, and
  • How to assess instruments as to suitability and performance for stated tasks.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain the mode of operation of key sensors and transducers and implement appropriate calibration and signal conditioning.  Measure, record and analyse data with a range of sensors and transducers.

  2. Analyse and construct simple electrical circuits, execute meaningful measurements in a safe and proper manner, and carry out basic trouble-shooting with electronic equipment.

  3. Choose the optimum sensors and/or instruments for specific measurements. Make sensible decisions on the purchase of scientific equipment to meet requirements.

  4. Use a range of basic electronic test and measurement equipment including meters, oscilloscopes, function generators, timer counters etc. and optimise instrument settings in performing measurements.

  5. Act without direct supervision in carrying out and interpreting routine measurements on parameters such as temperature, pressure, salinity, pH, conductivity etc.  Collect and analyse data from automated recording instruments.

% Coursework 60%
% Final Exam 40%