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Module Title
Signal Acquisition, Instrumentation and Control
Reference EN3500 Version 4
Created May 2017 SCQF Level SCQF 9
Approved March 2004 SCQF Points 15
Amended May 2017 ECTS Points 7.5

Aims of Module
To provide the student with the ability to evaluate signals and control systems, select appropriate instrumentation and apply computer-based analysis tools.

Learning Outcomes for Module
On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:
1 Describe and manipulate signals in the time and frequency domains.
2 Select transducers and instrumentation for the measurement of common control parameters.
3 Model and analyse linear control systems
4 Evaluate the performance of a control systems using computer simulation
5 Design of simple instrumentation systems for the measurement of common control parameters

Indicative Module Content
Open and closed loop systems, concept of stability, Laplace transform, electrical and mechanical system models, block diagrams, first and second order system response, PID controllers, application of computer based tools in signal acquisition, instrumentation and control. Signal types, signal characteristics, sensitivity, sensors and transducers and their operation, calibration, signal conditioning and amplification, time and frequency domain, sampling theorem and aliasing, anti-aliasing filters, A to D conversion, sampling rate, resolution, D to A conversion, interfacing, digital I/O, virtual instrumentation.

Module Delivery
This module is delivered by a combination of lecture and tutorials. It will be supported by practical examples and activities including computer based laboratory exercises.

Indicative Student Workload Full Time Part Time
Contact Hours 52 52
Non-Contact Hours 98 98
Placement/Work-Based Learning Experience [Notional] Hours N/A N/A
TOTAL 150 150
Actual Placement hours for professional, statutory or regulatory body    

If a major/minor model is used and box is ticked, % weightings below are indicative only.
Component 1
Type: Coursework Weighting: 50% Outcomes Assessed: 4, 5
Description: A typical control system-based investigation and a typical instrumentation-based investigation.
Component 2
Type: Examination Weighting: 50% Outcomes Assessed: 1, 2, 3
Description: Closed book examination.

Explanatory Text
To pass the module, you must achieve a 40% weighted average mark from the exam and coursework. In addition you need to achieve at least 35% in both the individual exam and coursework components.
Module Grade Minimum Requirements to achieve Module Grade:
A =>70%
B 60-69%
C 50-59%
D 40-49%
E 35-39%
F 0-34%
NS Non-submission of work by published deadline or non-attendance for examination

Module Requirements
Prerequisites for Module Mathematics 2 (EN2901) or equivalent.
Corequisites for module None.
Precluded Modules None.

An Indicative Bibliography will normally reference the latest edition of a text. In some cases, older editions are equally useful for students and therefore, those are the editions that may be stocked.

1 DORF, R.C. and BISHOP, R.C., 2017. Modern Control Systems. 13th ed. London: Pearson Education.
2 DUTTON, K., THOMPSON, S. and BARRACLOUGH, B., 1997. The Art of Control Engineering. Harlow: Addison-Wesley.
3 BENTLEY, J. P., 2005. Principles of Measurement Systems. 4th ed. London: Longman.
4 MATLAB. Getting Started Guide. Mathworks.
5 Simulink User's Guide, Mathworks.

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