Engineering and design

Sensor Systems & Applications

Module code: H8002
Level 6
15 credits in spring semester
Teaching method: Lecture
Assessment modes: Unseen examination, Coursework

Sensor technologies are evolving at a rapid pace and are core to the drive for increased energy efficiency.

You will gain a systems-level understanding of a range of technologies and the knowledge and skills required to specify and design sensor systems. You will discuss specific sensor technologies in the context of their application to a range of areas including healthcare, security, control, materials characterisation and HCI.

You will cover the following topics:

  • transducers and sensors
  • operating principles
  • low noise systems
  • signal processing, hardware & DSP
  • intelligent sensors
  • wireless sensors
  • specific sensor technologies
  • hall effect
  • magneto-resistance
  • piezoelectrics
  • electromagnetic
  • ultrasonic
  • microwave
  • solid state
  • MEMS
  • radiation sensors
  • gas, chemical and biological sensors.


Electronic Circuit & Systems Design
Systems Analysis and Control

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the principles underlying signal acquisition, relating to sensors
  • Specify appropriate sensor technologies for a broad range of measurements
  • Design and analyse low noise electronic systems
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the limitations of designs in practical applications