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AMME9700: Instrumentation (2020 - Semester 1)

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Unit: AMME9700: Instrumentation (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: School of Aerospace, Mechanical & Mechatronic Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Wu, Xiaofeng
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Site(s) for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Prohibitions: AMME5700.
Brief Handbook Description: This unit aims to develop in students an understanding of the engineering measurements and instrumentation systems. The students will acquire an ability to make accurate and meaningful measurements. It will cover the general areas of electrical circuits and mechanical/electronic instrumentation for strain, force, pressure, moment, torque, displacement, velocity, acceleration, temperature and so on.
Assumed Knowledge: Programming Skills, 1st Year maths skills
Lecturer/s: Dr Wu, Xiaofeng
Tutor/s: Tang, Andrew

Sligo, Michael

Xie, Zhicheng

Wang, Zihao

Brandel, Martin

Chen, Xianliang
Timetable: AMME9700 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 2 13
2 Laboratory 3.00 2 12
3 Tutorial 2.00 3 12
4 Independent Study 5.00
T&L Activities: Lectures : 2 1hr Lectures per week.

Laboratory: Demonstrations of the application of technology in practice. 2 sessions for each student during the semester. Session duration 3hrs.

Tutorial: Descriptive Tutorials with examples, tutors will be available for consultation.

Session Duration 2hrs.

Independent Study: In order to complete assignments and to understand the concepts and applications presented students will be required to engage in self-study.

Attributes listed here represent the key course goals (see Course Map tab) designated for this unit. The list below describes how these attributes are developed through practice in the unit. See Learning Outcomes and Assessment tabs for details of how these attributes are assessed.

Attribute Development Method Attribute Developed
Choice and manipulation of appropriate solution processes to find answers to mechanical measurement problems. (1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 2)
Fundamental concepts in Electrical Circuits, Experimental Technique and Instrumentation will be taught. (2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 3)
In order to find solutions to the problems posed students will be shown methodologies by which they can recognise the extent of information needed; locate needed information efficiently and effectively evaluate information and its sources; use contemporary media and technology to access and manage information.
As part of their assessement students will be required to use oral, written, and visual communication to further their own learning; make effective use of oral, written and visual means to critique, negotiate, create and communicate understanding; use communication as a tool for presentation of their ideas and concepts to others.
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 3)
Using groupwork exercises students will learn project skills in working in teams. (7) Project and Team Skills (Level 3)
Using groupwork exercises students will learn professional skills in working in teams. In particular the sharing and managing of responsibilities required to complete a project. (8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 2)

For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018.

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 3)
1. Ability to investigate available literature in order to build up background information on set problems. This may be done using library and/or on-line resources.
2. Ability to report and present a design or result to a group of colleagues.
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 3)
3. Work as a team to efficiently manage a project and produce an acceptable result. Meet set deadlines.
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 2)
4. Understanding of the professional standards set for mechanical measurements.
(4) Design (Level 2)
5. completion of a simple design project based on presented theory.
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 3)
6. Understand concepts of instrumentation.
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 2)
7. Ability to apply scientific principles to a particular situation in order to obtain a numerical solution to an Engineering problem.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Assignment 1 No 10.00 Week 5 1, 5, 6, 7,
2 Assignment 2 No 10.00 Week 9 1, 5, 6, 7,
3 Assignment 3 No 10.00 Week 13 1, 5, 6, 7,
4 Lab* Yes 5.00 Week 13 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7,
5 Lab* Yes 5.00 Week 6 1, 2, 3, 5, 7,
6 Quiz* No 10.00 Week 6 4, 5, 6, 7,
7 Quiz* No 10.00 Week 13 4, 5, 6, 7,
8 Exam* No 40.00 Exam Period 4, 5, 6, 7,
Assessment Description: * indicates an assessment task must be repeated if a student misses it due to special consideration.

Assignment: Weekly assignment problems covering basic circuitry, signal processing, and mechanical instrumentation system. Each assignment contains a component from 4 weeks design problems during tutorial, worth 20% of the assignment.

Lab: Design basic digital/analogue circuitry. Team component.

You must get 45% in the final exam to pass the unit, regardless of the sum of your individual marks.

There may be statistically defensible moderation when combining the marks from each component to ensure consistency of marking between markers, and alignment of final grades with unit outcomes.

Lab: Develop mechanical instrumentation system. Team component.

Quiz 1: 1 hour

Quiz 2: 1 hour

Exam: 2 hours
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Special Conditions to Pass UoS Attendance at laboratory sessions and presentation is compulsory.
Policies & Procedures: See the policies page of the faculty website at for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Prescribed Text/s: Note: Students are expected to have a personal copy of all books listed.
Online Course Content:

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar

Week Description
Week 1 Introduction to basic electronic theory /

Guest Lecture (from National Instruments)
Week 2 Kirchoff's current and voltage laws

Basic resistive circuitry
Week 3 Mesh analysis

Thevenin's theorem
Week 4 Capacitor, Inductor and RLC circuitry

TIme response of RC and RL circuitry
Week 5 Unit step response of RC, RL circuitry

Frequency response and Laplace transform
Assessment Due: Assignment 1
Week 6 Laplace transform and Inverse laplace transform
Assessment Due: Lab*
Assessment Due: Quiz*
Week 7 Laplace transform pairs

Week 8 Circuitry with amplifier

Displacement, velocity and acceleration measurements
Week 9 Data acquisition

Basic digital system
Assessment Due: Assignment 2
Week 10 Potentiometer and displacement measurement.
Week 11 Strain gauge and force measurement
Week 12 Piezoelectric sensors and acceleration, velocity, displacement measurements

Week 13 Temperature measurement
Assessment Due: Assignment 3
Assessment Due: Lab*
Assessment Due: Quiz*
Exam Period Assessment Due: Exam*

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Master of Professional Engineering (Aerospace) 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Biomedical) 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Mechanical) 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 3) Yes 11.5%
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 3) Yes 0.5%
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 2) Yes 8.5%
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 2) No 0%
(4) Design (Level 2) No 22%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 3) Yes 20%
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 2) No 0%
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 2) Yes 37.5%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.