Sensors and Signal Processing

Subject ENGR40001 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours of lectures.
Total Time Commitment: 96 hours.

Minimum of H2A average over previous 2 semesters
Engineering Analysis B (or equivalent)
Thermofluids 3 (or equivalent)
Control Systems 2


Control Systems 2

Recommended Background Knowledge: None.
Non Allowed Subjects: None.
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Prof Ivan Marusic


Melbourne School of Engineering Office
Building 173, Grattan Street
The University of Melbourne
VIC 3010 Australia

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Carolyn Barrie
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Department of Mechanical Engineering
The Melbourne School of Engineering
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The University of Melbourne

Phone: 8344 6748

Subject Overview:

This subject presents the principles of the design and operation of modern sensors in engineering practice, as well as fundamental techniques in their noise reduction and signal processing. The first unit of this subject will cover the design and function of sensors and their roles across a variety of engineering disciplines. The second unit of this subject will involve the implementation of techniques for sensor signal acquisition and system identification.


The aim of this subject is to provide students with an understanding of current techniques in sensor operation and data acquisition relevant to engineering industry and modern engineering research techniques.


Two assignments, one worth 40% and one worth 60%

Prescribed Texts:

Handbook of Modern Sensors - Physics, Designs and Applications (3rd Edition) Fraden, Jacob © 2004 Springer - Verlag

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Explain the fundamentals of the operation of sensors and transducers for the measurement of pressure, temperature, light, stress, fatigue, composition and the chemical environment.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of and be able to implement techniques for noise reduction and signal processing
  • Apply knowledge of modern sensors to solving a variety of science and engineering problems
  • Undertake problem identification, formulation and solution.
  • Function effectively as an individual and in multi-disciplinary teams, with the capacity to be leader or manager as well as an effective team member

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