Instrumentation and Control


The aim of this module is to give students and understanding of, and practice with, instrumentation concepts and techniques that are important to both other modules in the programme and also to real world automation and robotics engineering.

This module introduces the learner to the key principles and performance parameters of scientific and industrial instruments, and provides expertise in the application of such principles.  It also provides an introduction to the principles and practice of control systems and automation.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain the differences in performance between open- and closed-loop control systems and explain the principles involved in such systems.

  2. Explain the mode of operation of key sensors and transducers and implement appropriate calibration and signal conditioning.

  3. Measure, record and analyse data with a range of sensors and transducers.

  4. Interpret instrument specifications correctly, verify that instruments are operated safely and within specifications.

  5. Choose the optimum sensor and /or instruments for specific applications and make sensible decisions on the purchase of suitable scientific equipment to meet requirements.

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