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EE3901 - Sensor Technologies

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

Sensors are a fundamental component of many electronic systems. This subject teaches students how to design sensor systems, starting from the circuits needed to interface with common sensors. Circuit design considerations include noise, grounding, amplification, and filtering to ensure proper signal conditioning. Next, the subject covers the operational principles of resistive, thermoelectric, capacitive, piezoelectric, inductive, and magnetic sensors. Common applications of each sensor type are studied. Finally, the course introduces wireless sensor networks.

Learning Outcomes

  • evaluate the effectiveness of sensors based on the understanding of sensor characteristics;
  • explain the working principles of resistive, thermoelectric, capacitive, piezoelectric, inductive, and magnetic sensors;
  • analyse the signal conditioning circuits of various types of sensors;
  • design signal conditioning circuits for the purpose of voltage and charge amplification, filtering, protection, and resistance to voltage conversion;
  • demonstrate understanding of the wireless sensor network architecture, networking principles, and protocols in the MAC and Network layers, and apply the knowledge for design and problem analysis related to wireless sensor networks;
  • appreciate and use sensors for various practical industry applications.
Prerequisites: EE2201 CC2511


Cairns, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 28-Mar-2019
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 26 hours lectures
  • 13 hours tutorials
  • 26 hours practicals
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); quizzes or tests (10%); assignments (40%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.