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ELEC6209 Practical Application of MEMS

Module Overview

The student will be introduced to state-of-the art sensor and instrumentation technologies by studying recent developments in the subject. The student will get the opportunity to study and investigate advanced sensor systems, and will be presented with real-life engineering scenarios within which the technical work must fit.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

To provide an overview of state-of-the art sensor and instrumentation technologies

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • The properties of some physical sensors
  • Recent developments in sensor enabling technologies
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of physical and electronic behaviour of sensors and interface circuits
  • Design a suitable package to interface with the physical sensor
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Write technical reports, documenting design and performance of electronic systems
  • Use a professional logbook to document experimental process and results
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Simulate the performance of a sensor and interface circuit
  • Use specialist test equipment to characterise/test devices


- Applications of sensors in industry - Sensor performance - Sensor interface circuits - Sensor packaging - 3D printing/rapid prototyping - Design of sensor and packaging - Simulation of physical process - Simulation of electrical interface and behaviour - Construction of package - Construction of sensor - Experimental procedure - Testing - Technical reporting of results

Learning and Teaching

Completion of assessment task78
Follow-up work6
Preparation for scheduled sessions6
Wider reading or practice48
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Bentley JP (1995). Principles of measurement systems. 

Brignell JE and White NM (1996). Intelligent sensor systems. 


Assessment Strategy

Laboratory sessions are scheduled in the labs in building 16 Length of each session: 2 hours Number of sessions completed by each student: 12 Max number of students per session: unlimited Demonstrator:student ratio: 1:12 Preferred teaching weeks: 1 to 12


MethodPercentage contribution
Assignment  () 33%
Assignment  () 34%
Assignment  () 33%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre-requisite: ELEC6203

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