EE3901/EE5901 Sensor Technologies

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College of Science and Engineering, James Cook University


Mandatory attendance requirements are:

  • Lecture: Every Wednesday 3-5pm in A1-014. It is expected that you have worked through the course notes before the lecture.
  • Tutorial: Every Thursday 8-10am in B1-124.
  • Practical: On specified Wednesdays at 9am - 12pm in D4-007. Each practical relates to the previous week’s lecture content.

Start here: Subject details

WeekCourse materialPracticalAssessment
1Introduction to sensors
2Measurement uncertainty
3Sensor fusion and the Kalman filter💻
4Kalman filters for non-linear systems💻Start Assignment 1
5Resistive sensorsPrac 1: assignment help⋮\vdots
6Signal conditioning circuits for resistive sensors⋮\vdots
7Capacitive sensors and their signal conditioning circuitsPrac 2: strain gaugesAssignment 1 due (Friday 5pm)
8Design of capacitive sensors💻Prac 3: capacitive sensorsStart Assignment 2
LRLecture Recess⋮\vdots
9Inductive and magnetic sensors⋮\vdots
10Self-generating sensors: thermocouples and photodiodesPrac 4: eddy current sensors⋮\vdots
11Light sensors and applications to NIR spectroscopy💻Assignment 2 due (Friday 5pm)
12Piezoelectric sensors and accelerometersPrac 5: NIR spectroscopy
13Revision and exam preparationPrac 6: accelerometers

💻 Weeks indicated with this symbol have software exercises, typically in Matlab. Please bring a laptop to class if you have one.


ItemDetailsWeightingDue date
PracticalsBinary mark (1 or 0) for each assessed practical10%Report due one week after each assessed practical
Assignment 1Marked on the basis of your submitted report and data20%Week 7, Friday 5pm
Assignment 2Marked on the basis of your submitted report20%Week 11, Friday 5pm
Exam2 hour theory exam. Similar to tutorial questions50%During official university exam period

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