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Module Code: EEE309
Module Title: Electronics for Instrumentation
Module Level: Level 3
Module Credits: 2.50
Academic Year: 2017/18
Semester: SEM1
Originating Department: Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Pre-requisites: N/A
The aims of this module are:

To gain knowledge of analogue electronics for instrumentation systems.

To identify the key issues relating to the accurate measurement of transducer output signals.
Learning outcomes 
Knowledge and Understanding

After successful completion of the module, the student should have

An understanding of the limitations of practical voltage amplifiers and how these can be overcome by design or the appropriate choice of device.

Intellectual Abilities

After successful completion of the module, the students should be able to demonstrate ability in applying knowledge of the module topics to:

Analyse the problems associated with electronic circuits for instrumentation systems

Design feedback networks to improve circuit performance and control potential instability

Analyse operational amplifier circuits with a nonlinear feedback network

Practical Skills

On successful completion of this module the student should have:

The ability to recognise when an amplifier is likely to be unstable and the methods that can be employed to prevent this condition.

Improved confidence in the ablility to determine the behaviour of complex circuits.

The ability to design practical circuits to meet a given specification.

General Transferable Skills

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to show experience and enhancement of the following key skills:

Independent learning

Problem solving and design skills
Method of teaching and learning 
This module will be delivered by a combination of formal lectures and problem classes.
Lecture 1 Introduction

Review of basic op-amp circuits and feedback in systems

Lecture 2 Gain errors in signal conditioning amplifiers

Measurement errors due to a finite open loop gain in signal conditioning amplifiers

The effect on the number of useful bits in measurements using an ADC

Lectures 3 - 4 Frequency response of amplifiers

Bode plot sketching and the graphical method as an aid to determining an amplifier closed loop response

The 'rate of closure' method for estimating amplifier stability

The effect of amplifier frequency response on gain error.

Lectures 5 -6 Stability analysis

Nyquist stability criterion and an introduction to the concept of phase margin

Frequency compensation methods for uncompensated op-amps

Lectures 7 -8 Interference and common mode problems

The concept of common mode rejection ratio and its significance in instrumentation systems Ground loop interference, capacitive and inductive pick-up and methods of reducing their effect

The instrumentation amplifier

Lecture 9 Op-amp limitations

Slew rate limiting and the effects of finite bandwidth on pulse response

Offset bias voltages and currents.

Lecture 10 -12 Non-linear op-amp circuits

Op-amp circuits with diodes in the feedback path

Voltage transfer characteristics

Precision half wave and full wave rectifier circuits

Peak detection, sample and hold circuits.

Lecture 13 ADC and DAC principles

Methods employed in ADC and DAC circuits to convert between analogue and digital voltages

Advantages and disadvantages of alternative methods
Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 20     6  6    43  75 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Formal Exam 85.00
2 Design Simulation Report 15.00

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