Technology Integration and Interfacing

Module summary

Module code: ELEC1042
Level: 7
Credits: 15
School: Engineering and Science
Department: Engineering
Module Coordinator(s): Terry Gorman



This course aims to provide students with the opportunity to investigate, review and reflect upon the nature of modern interfacing and sensing, in order to achieve a desired real-world environment state and corresponding response to stimulus. This will involve gaining a broad knowledge of transducers and sensor systems as well as programmable controllers and associated methodologies.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:

Learning Outcome
1 Demonstrate a detailed ability to anlayse, critically reflect and comment on the different types of embedded digital control and information management..
2 Demonstrate familiarity and confidence to enable them to draw together the knowledge and experience gained to implement sensing technology.

Indicative content

Common industrial transducer technologies and associated sensor systems in the areas of optical, magnetic and contact based methodologies.

Relevant knowledge of systematic and random noise components and the corresponding analysis and management of the noise.

Implementation of embedded controllers able to input analogue and digital sensor signals, as well as responding with outputs able to amend the real-word environment, in order to bring it to the desired steady state conditions.

The implementation of methods for the management of motors, servo motors, linear and rotational actuators as well as hydraulic and pneumatic actuator systems.

The design of printed circuit boards with respect to maximum current and voltage values, ease of manufacture, environmental concerns, as well as connection and power management.

Teaching and learning activity

Formal lectures, tutorials, and laboratory work provide practical experiences of design and testing of interfacing systems. The laboratory work will mainly consist of hands-on design and implementation, coupled with a reflective analysis of the results, with observation of a variety of different technologies.


Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment: Coursework
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment:1, 2
Grading Mode: Numeric
Weighting: 50%
Pass Mark: 50%
Outline Details:Design and implementation of an interfacing system.

Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment: Formal Examination
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment: 1,2
Grading Mode: Numeric
Weighting: 50%
Pass Mark: 50%
Outline Details: An unseen 2 hour formal examination with students selecting 3 from 4 questions.

Students must pass all components to pass the course.