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Sensors & Instrumentation - ELE00059M

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  • Department: Electronic Engineering
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. David Chesmore
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2017-18

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2017-18

Module aims

  • The module aims to give an overview of environmental issues and how electronics relates to the environment, with particular emphasis to the measurement of environmental parameters.
  • To provide a detailed understanding of instrumentation from sensors to systems and how they can be used to measure environmental parameters such as air and water pollutants.

Introduction to environmental monitoring: overview of the requirements for sensing and instrumentation using examples from industry and the environment.

Air and Water Pollution: sources and effects of pollution: primary and secondary air pollutants; inversion layers, stacks, urban elevated inversions; water pollutants including nitrates, phosphates, eutrophication; turbidity; ecological effects.

Measurement of air and water pollution: physical sensors: temperature, light, pressure, vibration; chemical sensors: chemodiodes. chemocapacitors, ISFETS, gas sensors, piezoelectric sensors.

Remote Sensing: theory of remote sensing; EM spectrum, atmospheric windows, scattering, surface effects; applications including hydrosphere, geosphere, biosphere .

Advanced instrumentation: sensor arrays, sensor networks, electronic noses, MEMS, intelligent sensors, sensor communication.

Assessment is via a single assignment carried out individually.

Module learning outcomes

  • To understand the requirements for monitoring the environment.
  • To understand the nature and effects of the various forms of air and water pollution.
  • To understand the operation of sensors and instrumentation, particularly for environmental and industrial monitoring.
  • To understand the limitations of sensors.


Task Length % of module mark
Continuous Assessment
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Continuous Assessment
N/A 100

Module feedback

Feedback is given in class.

Indicative reading

Gardner, J., Microsensors: Principles and Applications, Wiley and Sons, 1994. ISBN 0-471-94135-2.

Bentley, J.P., Principles of Measurement Systems, 3rd ed, 1995. ISBN 0-582-23779-3.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.