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Sensor Interfaces

When you'll study it
Semester 2
CATS points
ECTS points
Level 4
Module lead
Nicholas Harris
Academic year

Module overview

This module will introduce you to the mathematical techniques needed to describe and analyse linear and simple non-linear electronic circuits. The module explains the properties of ideal circuit elements and the tools & techniques required to analyse a wide variety of different circuits.

You will study the transient analysis of circuits which is important in understanding the operation of switched circuits, for example boost converters which are often used to power sensors from low voltage batteries. You will also study the concepts of impedance and the analysis of sinusoidal signals that are the output of many sensors. You will learn how a variety of different amplifier circuits operate, and how to design circuits to meet desired amplifier specifications to interface with sensors.

The lectures are supported with weekly problem sheets and tutorials to help you practice your analysis skills. Practical laboratories will help you to understand the similarities and differences between ideal models and practical implementations. You will also construct circuits to filter and smooth the output from sensors, and investigate the frequency limitations of operational amplifier circuit, comparing the performance against the predicted ideal performance.