BSEN40520 Optical Sensing Technology

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module is designed for students who wish to understand and become critically aware of the basic principles, practice and applications of optical spectroscopic sensing. The fundamentals of visible, near infrared and mid-infrared spectroscopy will be presented. Standard approaches and configurations for acquisition and analysis of spectral and spatial data will be covered. Spectral pre-processing methods and methods of data selection will be introduced. Chemometric tools such as Principal components analysis for optical data analysis will be presented.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Understand the basic principles of light-matter interaction at different wavelength ranges and spatial scales
2. Compare spectral responses of materials using a range of optical spectroscopic techniques
3. Analyse and interpret spectral data using MATLAB

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
active/task-based learning; peer and group work; lectures; enquiry & problem-based learning 
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
Lab Report: In the report, students should demonstrate achievement of the module learning outcomes. Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Examination: Exam based on module learning outcomes 1 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer No
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.

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Studio Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 31, 32, 33 Mon 15:00 - 16:50