Subject details

At the completion of this subject 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.
    • Introduction to DC and AC
    • Filters
    • Operational amplifiers
    • Sensors
    • Laboratory experiments using benchtop and virtual instruments

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

No special requirements

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 subject 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 subject 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 subject to attend laboratory classes at RMIT University's City Campus in central Melbourne:

Study Period 1:

  • TBA

  • Practicum (30%)
  • Online Assessment (40%)
  • Test (30%)

Textbook information is pending.

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