Smart Interactive Sensing Systems and Applications (H7128)

15 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

This is a mostly simulation and lab based module. The goal is to realize a mixed signals system to gain knowledge of the industrial design, and fabrication process. The project (e.g. smart agricultural watering system, wireless data link, DAB radio), will be made from 5-6 sub components focusing on one of the following topics:

  • Sensors
  • Micro controllers / FPGA
  • Power supply
  • ADC / DAC
  • Visual / audible output devices
  • Amplifiers
  • Communication links
  • Mobile computing / programming / Android

Every two weeks a new sub system (relevant for the chosen project) has to be designed and built using a pool of predefined components. In the end, the performance of the complete system has to be evaluated.


25%: Lecture
75%: Practical


100%: Coursework (Oral examination, Report)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 44 hours of contact time and about 106 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: