Instrumentation for Scientists and Engineers - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1
  • Availability for 2018: SP1
  • Assessment: Online assessment (40%) , Practicum (30%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 1,931.00
HECS 1,131.00
International 2,181.00

Instrumentation deals with the means of detecting and measuring attributes of a physical object or process. Often attributes such as temperature, displacement, etc. have to be measured and then recorded appropriately. In many modern systems, these measurements are transferred to and analysed by a computer. This unit introduces the student to basic electronic concepts both analogue and digital, a variety of sensors, analogue to digital conversion and instruments both real and virtual. The unit does not assume any physics or electrical prerequisites and is structured to assist the student in understanding specific and general concepts.

Please note the dates below for the compulsory requirements for this unit to attend laboratory classes at RMIT University's City Campus in central Melbourne:

2017, Study Period 1:

  • TBA

At the completion of this unit students will:

  1. understand basic electrical concepts of analogue circuits
  2. understand relevance of both analogue and digital electronics to instrumentation
  3. construct simple electronic circuits
  4. devise simple instrumentation systems, comprising sensor elements, to measure basic physical parameters
  5. be aware of the main physical transducer mechanisms and how they are used in sensor design
  6. understand and follow safe working practice when working with electronic components in a laboratory.
  • Online assessment (40%)
  • Practicum (30%)
  • Test (30%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Note: Level 3 units normally assume a moderate level of prior knowledge in this area, eg from studying related Level 1 and 2 units or other relevant experience.

  • Some on campus attendance

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to DC and AC
3Operational amplifiers
5Laboratory experiments using benchtop and virtual instruments

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This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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