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EE5901 - Advanced Sensor Technologies

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
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 integrate sensors within their designs. Both hardware and software aspects are addressed. On the software side, sensing is considered as an estimation problem, and sensor fusion algorithms are applied to incorporate sensor data into a process or system model. On the hardware side, students learn how to design and use interface circuits for resistive, capacitive, inductive, piezoelectric, and voltage generating sensors. The subject also surveys a range of common sensor types, and investigates the operational principles and use cases of each type.

Learning Outcomes

  • evaluate the effectiveness of sensors based on the understanding of sensor characteristics;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the working principles of resistive, capacitive, inductive, and magnetic sensors;
  • analyse and design signal conditioning circuits for various types of sensors;
  • design and implement data processing software to utilise sensor data;
  • design and apply sensor fusion methods;
  • critically review the academic research literature associated with selected applications of sensor technologies.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (50%) - Individual
  • Written > Project report - (40%) - Individual
  • Written > Lab/Practical report - (10%) - Individual.


Cairns, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 23-Mar-2023
Coord/Lect: Dr Bronson Philippa.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 26 hours lectures
  • 26 hours tutorials
  • 18 hours specialised
  • assessment and self-directed study

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.