Faculty of Engineering

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Engineering
Organisational UnitDepartment of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering
OfferedMalaysia Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Vineetha Kalavally


The unit introduces students to the basic element of Solid State Lighting technology, including it's role in energy consumption and in global climate change as well as possibilities in reduction of energy consumption. Topics include structure and working principle of Light Emitting Diode (LED), basics of optics and light-material interaction for lighting, lighting technology, radiometric and photometric measurements and units, effect of light in the built environment and for human well being, basics of color and human vision, measures for quality of light and lighting standards.
Laboratories cover light measurement, use of color standards and standard light sources, light spectrum measurements and defining the Color Rendering Index.


At the completion of the unit, students will be able to:

  • describe the basic physical phenomena to produce light
  • analyze how human vision system sees light
  • devise an intelligently controlled LED light system
  • design the predefined light spectrum by using different SSL techniques
  • create a model and construct a lighting system for specific needs
  • explain evaluate the energy consumption of different lightings and formulate their relation to the climate change


Quizzes and journal article reviews: 15%
Laboratory work & Project: 35%
Examination (3 hours): 50%

Hurdle Requirements: Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component (assessment (a) & (b)) and at least 45% in the examination component (assessment (c)) and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

Workload requirements

Lectures: 3 hours per week
Tutorials: 1 hour per week
Laboratory: 2 hours per week

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