MEC6882 - Instrumentation, sensing and monitoring - 2017

0 points, SCA Band 2, 0.000 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


Prof Sunita Chauhan (Clayton)

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


This unit is available only to Engineering PhD students.


Advanced instrumentation and sensing necessitates a multi-disciplinary approach in order to monitor engineering systems as diverse as renewable energy, aerospace, buildings, transportation, telecommunications and biomedical devices.

The monitoring and assessment techniques are founded on the fundamentals of mechanical engineering, electrical and electronic engineering and information technology.

The unit covers exploration of strategies for efficient instrumentation of engineering assets. Students will use a range of sensing technologies to gather real-time information and use industry standard approaches to data analyses, characterisation, fault assessment and reporting methodologies at various stages of product design and product development.

Data visualisation will also be discussed. The unit will explore frequency of monitoring in relation to the volume of data collected and strategies for data reduction.


At the successful completion of this unit you will be able to:

  1. Identify and recognise the role of instrumentation and monitoring in the product design cycle.
  2. Analyse examples and case studies including those from high-reliability industries.
  3. Synthesise data from a range of instruments and sensors to report on performance against standards.
  4. Appraise errors in the context of system monitoring.
  5. Generate simulations of representative systems and analyse system performance.
  6. Apply problem-solving techniques and analyse faults in terms of root cause analysis.
  7. Conduct regular self-assessment and peer-assessment of individual and team performance as a primary means of tracking continuing professional development.


Continuous assessment: 50%

Examination (3 hours): 50%

Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit.

Workload requirements

5 hours contact (typically 2-3 hours of lecture and 2-3 hours tutorial/practice/lab) and 7 hours of private study per week.

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