Course Title: Advanced Instrumentation

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Advanced Instrumentation

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


135H Applied Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007

Course Coordinator: Neil Robinson

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6171

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Pre-requisites:  PHYS1081 Introduction to Instrumentation and PHYS1082 Interface Technology or equivalent instrumentation courses.

Students also require competence in computer programming and should have passed second year Computer Science courses such as Programming Principles 2A/2B.

Course Description

The course aims to provide the student with a knowledge of digital signal processing and noise reduction, and the use of computers for graphical representation of data.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course students will develop skills in computer programming in digital signal processing applications.

At the conclusion of this course you will be able to:

- understand the causes of interference and noise in data sampling
- apply appropriate digital filters for noise reduction in typical instrumentation applications
- be competent in the use of computers in signal processing and graphical display of results

Overview of Learning Activities

The course consists of a series of lectures and laboratory work accompanied by assignments done during the semester. Problem solving and laboratory work are an important aspect of the subject, and students are expected to work through a number of supplied examples, not all of which are assessed, as well as written laboratory reports.

Overview of Learning Resources

Students will be required to perform the majority of the work in this course in a computer laboratory.

Notes will be supplied for each topic.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will be based on written reports for major laboratory assignments completed during the semester.