BSEN30520 Sensors and Sensing Systems

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module covers modern sensors and advanced measurement systems for a wide range of applications. Basic theory and general measurement principle and concepts are introduced. Physical parameters of interest, available methods and appropriate sensor solutions for measurement are outlined. Data acquisition, management and processing technologies are outlined. Particular focus on imaging based and intelligent measurement and monitoring techniques. Industry case studies are included to enhance students learning experience in the design and applications of the technologies covered.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to:
- demonstrate an understanding of the principles of sensor measurement systems
- understand and analyse data provided by a range of sensor and sensing systems;
- demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental limitations of a range of sensing and imaging techniques;
- propose and assess a range of solutions to a sensing and sensing systems application against appropriate technical criteria.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Project Supervision


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
active/task-based learning; peer and group work; lectures; lab work; enquiry & problem-based learning; student presentations, etc. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Examination: Multiple choice questions on topics covered during course Unspecified No Graded Yes


Assignment: Report on the development and application of a sensor. Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Assignment: Assess a range of sensing solutions to solve a challenge in Food/Ag Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Pre-and post feedback on assignments will be provided throughout the semester for group and individual assessments.

Name Role
Dr Anna Lesniak-Podsiadlo Lecturer / Co-Lecturer