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


125H Electrical & 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


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 2 2023

Course Coordinator: Dr Jianzhen Ou

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2946

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 12.11.18

Course Coordinator Availability: Appointment by email

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 course 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

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

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

Overview of Learning Activities

Viewing pre-recorded lecture videos.
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 through Canvas.

Overview of Assessment

☒This course has no hurdle requirements. 
☐ All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Leaning & Teaching).

This assessment for this course consists of: 

Assessment 1: Laboratory assessment
Weighting: 40%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2.

Assessment 2: Individual assignment
Weighting: 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2.

Assessment 3: Final Design Project
Weighting: 40%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2.