Course Title: Sensors and Measurement Technologies

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Sensors and Measurement Technologies

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


125HElectrical & Computer Engineering


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014

Course Coordinator: Dr Shiva Balendhran

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1833

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bldg. 10, Level 8, Room 32

Course Coordinator Availability: Email for appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should be familiar with electronic device characteristics and have a good knowledge in physics , chemistry, material science, mathematics and signal processing.

Course Description

This subject introduces the concepts of modern sensors and actuators. The subject aims are as follows:

- to explain some of the most important physical principles applied in sensors and actuators
- to show examples of the way that these principles are exploited in proprietary devices
- to highlight some of the most fundamental performance limitations which arise in these devices employing different physical principles


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes:

• High levels of technical competence in the field
• Be able to apply problem solving approaches to work challenges and make decisions using sound engineering methodologies

On successfull completion of this course you will be able to:

• Interpret physical principles applied in sensors and actuators
• Design and fabricate sensors with desired physical and chemical properties
• Identify various types of sensors including thermal, mechanical, electrical, electromechanical and optical sensors
• Implement sensors for physical, chemical, and biochemical applications

Overview of Learning Activities

Attend Lectures.
Work with others in a team.
Solve problems.
Collect, analyse information.
Use simulation packages to help circuit analysis/design.

Overview of Learning Resources

Course content and learning resources will made available on-line.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment for this course consists of laboratories, assignments, oral presentation, and a final examination.