Module code: ENG2090

Module provider

Mechanical Engineering Sciences

Module Leader

HUGHES MP Prof (Mech Eng Sci)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 5

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Lecture Hours: 27

Tutorial Hours: 6

Laboratory Hours: 10

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Examination EXAMINATION (2 HR) 60%
School-timetabled exam/test IN-SEMESTER TEST 10%

Alternative Assessment

An essay question will be set to replace the mid-semester test during summer resits.

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

ENG1068 Electronic Instrumentation 1

Module overview

This module serves to provide knowledge and experience on the use of analogue and digital systems for the measurement and control of electronic systems with applications to both mechanical and medical engineering.

Module aims

A systematic understanding and critical awareness of the importance of instrumentation.

A comprehensive understanding of the electronics associated with the use of instrumentation.

A knowledge of basic amplification and filtering circuits.

A comprehensive understanding of the importance of noise and their sources.

A knowledge of analogue to digital and digital to analogue conversion and a comprehensive understanding of their need.

A basic understanding of microprocessors and microcontrollers.

An introduction to programming microprocessors in C.

Some practical experience of implementing an instrumentation system.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Define the terms describing the use of instrumentation. SM1b K
Describe basic analogue and digital systems including bridge circuits, logic gates and amplifiers and Design simple amplification circuits. SM1b, D4, D5 K
Identify sources of noise in electronic systems and propose remedial action KCP
Specify sampling rates and resolution for data acquisition systems. D3b, D5, SM2b, C
Write basic programs in a variant of the C programming language and programme a microcontroller, which will measure a dynamically changing physical quantity D2, P2, P3 KT
Analyse the performance of an instrumentation system EA1b, EA2, EA4b KP

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Introduction to Instrumentation. [3h]
Amplifiers, noise and filters. [5h]
Sampling. Analogue to digital and digital to analogue conversion.[6h]
Binary and digital. Logic. [5h]
Microprocessors and microcontrollers [5h]
Programming microcontrollers in C. [5h]
Practical work: implementation and testing of an instrumentation system. [10h]

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to ensure that students are able both to acquire subject-specific knowledge, and to learn to apply it in real-world examples.  This is delivered through lectures focussed on delivering examples of instrumentation use in a broader engineering context, coupled with laboratory sessions where students use problem-based learning to

The learning and teaching methods are as follows.  This module will be delivered by:

28 hours of lectures (6 weeks at 3h/week, 5 weeks at 2h/week) ,
6 hours of structured tutorials based on prepared notes and question sessions,
10 hours of labs/coursework, and
99 hours of independent learning.

Total student learning time 150 hours.


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate both subject-specific knowledge (via direct examination) and analytical and practical skills (via the performance of a lab-based project and assessment of the report)

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Mid-semester test,

Laboratory report


·         Examination                       [ Learning outcomes 1-6 ]           (2 hours)          {60%}

·         Coursework: lab report        [ Learning outcomes 5, 6 ]          (10 hours)         {30%}

·         Coursework: Class test       [ Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4 ] (0.5 hours)         {10%}

Formative assessment and feedback

Student feedback is provided through verbal discussion during tutorials in the first half of the course, and during laboratory sessions during the second half. The mid-semester test also provides both summative assessment and an opportunity for feedback at an important point in the curriculum.

Reading list

Reading list for ELECTRONIC INSTRUMENTATION 2 : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/eng2090

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.