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Unit information: Projects in 2015/16

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Unit name Projects
Unit code EENG18020
Credit points 10
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Mike Barton
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

This unit consists of two projects. One of these involves the design of a mixed analogue and digital instrumentation system in order to count bottles on a moving conveyor belt, and the other provides additional experience in the design of microcomputer-based systems. The Projects unit reinforces the concepts covered by other units, rather than introducing new material.

Elements: Ultrasonic Bottle Counter - Laboratory work Dr N. Dahnoun

Project involving ultrasound transducer measurements, design of an amplifying stage with offset control, design of a diode detector, application of a Schmitt trigger circuit and design of a decade pulse counter and numeric display.

“Wireless Orchestra” - Laboratory work Dr M.H. Barton

Students work in groups to design a Microprocessor application in C to act as an instrument in an "orchestra", to obey commands sent over a wireless link by a "conductor".

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the Ultrasonic Bottle Counter project, the student will be able to:

  • describe the operation of an ultrasound transducer
  • design an oscillator based on a 555 timer
  • design a high-gain amplifier stage
  • design a half wave rectifier circuit
  • design a level-detector circuit
  • design a decade counter and display system
  • use the Electronics Workbench circuit simulation package.

On successful completion of the “Wireless Orchestra” project, the student will be able to:

  • derive an algorithm for a simple computer application
  • express the algorithm in the C language using elegant code
  • use industry-standard development tools for compilation and debugging

Teaching Information

Laboratory classes

Assessment Information

The Bottle Counter and Wireless Orchestra projects each account for 50% of the credit for the unit.

The Bottle Counter mark is split 3:7 between laboratory performance and an individual report.

The Wireless Orchestra mark is split 3:2 between the software produced (as a group) and an individual quiz.

Reading and References

Laboratory books will provide the information needed.