Smart Interactive Sensing Systems and Applications (H7128)

15 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

The goal of this course is to give you exposure to all the stages of the development of fully functional industry-type devices.

You will build fully operational systems. These will cover all the practical design considerations, from sensing to acquisition and actuation, which are key aspects required in an industrial and research setting.

In this course, you’ll learn to:

  • develop programming skills using industry-standard software from National Instruments
  • identify different types of sensors and its output to develop suitable signal conditioning/conversion circuits to be coupled into data acquisition systems
  • identify the acquisition parameters and setup industry-standard hardware from National Instruments for a particular task
  • develop practical experiments employing the concepts covered within this module and those learned though previous modules
  • perform data processing and analysis
  • develop graphical user interfaces
  • output signals though a digital to analogue converter developing suitable signal conditioning circuits suited for a given actuator
  • get exposure to real world applications in both industry and research.


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 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: