Course Title: Instrumentation for Scientists and Engineers

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Instrumentation for Scientists and Engineers

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


135H Applied Sciences


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016


City Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018


Open Learning Australia

Non Award

171H School of Science

Distance / Correspondence





171H School of Science



Course Coordinator: Assoc Prof Johan DuPlessis

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2144

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 14.06.03

Course Coordinator Availability: Appointments via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Students should have a pass in year 12 VCE Physics or equivalent.

Course Description

Instrumentation deals with the means of detecting and measuring attributes of a physical object or process. It has wide applicability to almost all areas of science and technology. 

This is an introductory course and assumes little physics or electrical knowledge. It covers the physical knowledge of some sensor mechanisms as well as the basic concepts of electrical signal manipulation. 

The course has a theoretical lecture component and also includes hands-on practical experience.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

The main capabilities which will be fostered in students are in the following categories:
Physics knowledge: At the end of the course the student should:

  • Understand basic electrical concepts of relevance to instrumentation:
  • Understand how to apply the theory they have learned to novel measurement and instrumentation situations:

Technical Knowledge: At the end of the course the student should:

  • be able to construct simple electronic circuits;
  • devise simple instrumentation systems, comprising sensor elements, to measure basic physical parameters;
  • be aware of the main physical transducer mechanisms and how they used in sensor design:
  • understand and follow safe working practise when working with electronic components in a laboratory.

Communication: At the end of the course the student should:

  • Be capable of communicating and explaining these concepts to others:
  • Be able to maintain a scientific journal and report on technical matters in a clear and concise way.

Overview of Learning Activities

Students will work through the material at a scheduled pace, submitting assignments and tests online on a weekly basis.


Total study hours

Teacher guided hours: 60

Student directed hours: 60

Overview of Learning Resources

The course is supported by the Canvas learning management system which provides specific learning resources. See the RMIT Library Guide at

Overview of Assessment

Note that: This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1:  Online Tests and Assignments (70%)

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 5

Assessment Task 2: Laboratory Reports (30%)

This assessment task supports CLOs 3, 6 & 7