This unit aims to provide the learner with the fundamental knowledge required to understand the characteristics and successfully operate electronic sensors in robotic, drone and automated systems. The differences between analogue and digital sensors will be presented and the specific requirements to interface with digital controllers identified. This unit will review a wide variety of electrical and mechanical electronic-based sensors. The unit also focuses on the use of active operational amplifier circuits to improve the signal-to-noise ratio of the transducers before discretization. Basic electronic building blocks for signal conditioning will be studied and implemented through practical prototyping and testing. Learners will also learn the importance of the different types of isolation to isolate the sensor side from the low voltage electronics in line with modern electronic design practices. Due to the miniaturisation of electromechanical sensors, the use of printed circuit boards to connect sensors to other electronic components is required. Hence, learners will be taught to use industry-standard schematic design and printed circuit board layout software to implement designs. Through this unit, learners should be capable of designing simple multi-layer circuit boards and be familiar with the fabrication processes.
Maturity Clause Applications
Applicants who satisfy the following conditions may apply for consideration to join this MCAST programmes as mature students:
Attained the age of 21 years for entry to programmes at MQF Level 4
An Updated Curriculum Vitae and a Motivation Letter should accompany applications under the Maturity Clause.
Shortlisted applicants may be called for an interview to assess their suitability for the selected programme.