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SC3010 - Sensors and Sensing for Scientists

Credit points: 3
Year: 2020
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

This subject introduces the concept of sensors for measuring in our natural world. A variety of physical and chemical sensors will be considered and applied to marine, atmospheric, biological and soil/earth systems. Data acquisition and communication of sensors will be addressed along with the issues of uncertainties, sensitivity, selectivity, range, resolution etc. There will be a substantial experimental component to this subject that is partly discipline-based to give students application within their area of study

Learning Outcomes

  • identify and distinguish the physical and chemical principles of various sensors, and sensor technologies;
  • define the principles of measurement and uncertainty in order to integrate and analyse the numerical data gathered by sensors;
  • construct solutions, using sensors, from various applications of data acquisition and communications systems;
  • apply sensor technologies applicable to various scientific disciplines, while carrying out investigations and analysis of data collected in the field.

Subject Assessment

  • end of semester exam (50%)
  • other exams (10%)
  • practicals (20%)
  • fieldwork (20%).
Assumed
Knowledge:
Maths B and Senior Chemistry (OR CH1020 OR CH1001 OR CH1011)
Prerequisites: BZ2001 OR SC2202 OR SC2209 OR SC2201
Inadmissible
Subject
Combinations:
PH2222

Availabilities

Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 26-Mar-2020
Workload expectations:

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

  • 35 hours lectures
  • 18 hours practicals
  • 6 hours - Guided Learning
  • 8 hours fieldwork
  • assessment and self-directed study

Cairns, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 26-Mar-2020
Workload expectations:

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

  • 35 hours lectures
  • 18 hours practicals
  • 6 hours - Guided Learning
  • 8 hours fieldwork
  • 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.