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SC3010 - Sensors and Sensing for Scientists

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
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.
Assumed
Knowledge:
Maths B and Senior Chemistry (OR CH1020 OR CH1001 OR CH1011)
Prerequisites: BZ2001 OR SC2202 OR SC2209
Inadmissible
Subject
Combinations:
PH2222

Availabilities

Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 28-Mar-2019
Lecturers: Dr James Whinney, Mr John Daicopoulos.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 26 hours lectures
  • 5 hours tutorials
  • 12 hours practicals
  • 3 days fieldwork
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); other exams (10%); practical (20%); assignments (30%).

Cairns, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 28-Mar-2019
Coordinator: Dr Mark Payne
Workload expectations:

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

  • 26 hours lectures
  • 5 hours tutorials
  • 12 hours practicals
  • 3 days fieldwork
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); other exams (10%); practical (20%); assignments (30%).

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.