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
OfferedClayton First semester 2015 (Day)
Malaysia First semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Jonathan Li (Clayton); Dr Tan Chee Pin (Malaysia)


The unit provides an introduction to transducer principles and the background to classify them in terms of performance and characteristics. A range of commonly available sensors are considered. Electronic components and data acquisition/digital signal processing software used in sensor systems are examined. Advanced sensory systems and associated programming techniques are introduced using robotic systems as an example domain.


The student is expected to acquire an understanding of transducer principles and to be able to evaluate sensors in terms of their performance and characteristics. They should be able to develop a complete sensory system including specifying the electronic components required and programming data acquisition and signal processing functions. Students should gather an appreciation of advanced sensory techniques used in robotics and be familiar with their implementation and programming requirements.


Examination (3 hours): 70%
Laboratory work: 20%
Written assignments: 10%

Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component (Laboratory reports, mid-semester exams) and at least 45% in the final examination component 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

3 hours lectures, 3 hours laboratory/practice classes and six hours of private study per week.

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)


TRC2500, ECE2061


TRC3300 or ECE3073


ECE4306, GSE3801