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AMME2700: Instrumentation

Semester 1, 2022 [Normal day] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

This unit aims to develop in students an understanding of the engineering measurements and instrumentation systems. The students will acquire an ability to make accurate and meaningful measurements. It will cover the general areas of electrical circuits and mechanical/electronic instrumentation for strain, force, pressure, moment, torque, displacement, velocity, acceleration, temperature and so on.

Unit details and rules

Academic unit Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic
Credit points 6
AERO1560 or MECH1560 or MTRX1701 or ENGG1800
Assumed knowledge

Programming skills, 1st year maths skills, familiarity with fundamental Engineering concepts

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Xiaofeng Wu,
Lecturer(s) Xiaofeng Wu,
Stewart Worrall,
Tutor(s) Julian Guinane,
Zihao Wang,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam (Take-home short release) Type D final exam Take-home Exam Questions through Canvas
The final exam will be similar as questions that need completed in 3 hours.
40% Formal exam period 3 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO4 LO5
Creative assessment / demonstration Lab 2
Matlab based sensor simulation
5% Multiple weeks 3 hours.
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO4 LO2
Skills-based evaluation Lab 1
Matlab based circuit simulation
5% Multiple weeks 3 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO3 LO2
Assignment Assignment 1
Assignment questions
10% Week 05 6 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5
Tutorial quiz Online Quiz 1 through Canvas
The quiz questions will be alive on Canvas during the quiz time.
10% Week 07 1.5 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO4 LO5
Assignment Assignment 2
Assignment questions
10% Week 09 6 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5
Tutorial quiz Online Quiz 2 through Canvas
Quiz questions
10% Week 13 1 hour
Outcomes assessed: LO4 LO5
Assignment Assignment 3
Assignment questions.
10% Week 13 6 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5
Type D final exam = Type D final exam ?

Assessment summary

  • Assignments: Students are to complete three assignments.
  • Lab 1: Students are to design basic digital/analogue circuits using Matlab Simulink and Simscape. 
  • Lab 2: Students are to develop a mechanical instrumentation system using Matlab  Simulink and Simscape.
  • Quizzes: Students are to take two quizzes in-class during the semester.
  • Exam: Students must attain 40% in the final exam to pass the unit, regardless of the sum of your individual marks.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

Every one day late submission will receive 5% penalty of the assignment mark.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 1. Introduction to basic electronic theory; Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO5
Week 02 1. Kirchoff's current and voltage laws; 2. Basic resistive circuitry Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO5
Week 03 1. Node voltage analysis; 2. Mesh current analysis. Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO5
Week 04 1. Thevenin's theorem; 2. Amplifier. Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO3 LO5
Week 05 1. Opamp circuits; 2. Capacitor and inductor. Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 06 1. RLC circuit and impedance; 2. Frequency response of RLC circuit. Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO3 LO5
Week 07 1. Filter circuit analysis; 2. Quiz 1. Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO3 LO5
Week 08 Filter designs. Lecture and tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO3 LO5
Week 09 1. Data acquisition; 2. Basic digital system. Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 10 1. Potentiometer and displacement measurement; 2. Strain gauge. Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 11 1. Force measurement; 2. Temperature measurement. Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 12 1. Piezoelectric sensors and acceleration, velocity, displacement measurements; 2. Uncertainties Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 13 1. Quiz 2; 2. Review. Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Weekly The students need to spend 6 hours each week on assignments and self-study. Independent study (78 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5

Attendance and class requirements

Attendance of tutorial classes is compulsory.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

Fundamental Electronics for Instrumentation

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. apply scientific principles to a particular situation in order to obtain a numerical solution to an engineering problem
  • LO2. understand concepts of instrumentation
  • LO3. completion of simple design problems based on presented theory
  • LO4. understanding of the professional standards set for mechanical measurements
  • LO5. investigate available literature in order to build up background information on set problems. This may be done using library and/or on-line resources.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

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We changed the contents a bit. The late submission penalty is reduced to 5% per day according to the university requirement.


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