Sensors Design Assignment

This course assignment represents 20% of the value of the final mark for EEEN30043. It should be undertaken as
private study and the submitted report written independently of other members of the course. All references should be
clearly indicated in the text and listed at the end of the report. The report structure must be as stated below. Students
who fail to submit their completed assignment by the required deadline will have their marks reduced pro-rata by 12%
for every 24 hour period, or part thereof, after the completion deadline. A report which fails to meet the deadline by
more than 7 days will be assessed but will receive no marks.
Note 1: Reports must be submitted electronically via Blackboard as a single PDF file and all text must be 11pt Arial
font with all page margins being 20mm. They MUST be titled: “Sensors Course Assignment XX” – where XX is your
student ID number.
Note 2: All reports should be submitted through the TurnItInUK portal for automatic plagiarism checks.

  1. Introduction
    During the course, a set of basic sensor techniques are covered along with their integration within the host
    instrumentation or alongside actuators. However, a sensor is of limited value on its own, as it is the application of the
    device which is the critical factor. The entrepreneurial sensors engineer must therefore be conscious of the wider
    context into which their designs may be applied. This assignment will test your understanding of the sensor
    techniques and give you an opportunity to think innovatively about how they may be used.
  2. Course Assignment
    You are to select a sensor-related design problem of interest to you. The problem should address a commercial
    product or research instrument. It should rely on the selection and operation of one or more sensors which are
    available, or have been demonstrated by researchers. Most of all, it must be useful to someone. It is not essential that
    the application is new but in cases where precedents exist you should emphasise how your approach to the design
    differs from the existing state-of-the-art. The following link may help you with identifying potential application ideas
    and concepts: http://www.sensorsportal.com/HTML/Sensor.htm.
  3. Structure of the Report
    Your final report must be based on the following structure. The marks for each section are given in the brackets. In
    each section you’ll find some ideas how to earn full marks:
    i. Executive Summary [10 marks]: No more than one paragraph (150 words) summarising: aims and objectives;
    context and identified customer need; market factors and competition; idea, design and implementation,
    recommendations.
    ii. Idea and Market [10 marks]: Brief Statement of the idea and the sensing needs; identification of the customer;
    general appreciation of market and competitors; important specifications; target market price.
    iii. Review and Current State-of-the-Art [20 marks]: Evidence of keyword literature search, e.g. through Google
    Scholar and database of patents (http://www.freepatentsonline.com/ ); description of the state-of-the-art supported
    by references; summary of relevant related sensor technologies; assessment of the uniqueness of the proposed
    sensor system;
    iv. Preferred Design and its Implementation [40 marks]: Quantitative specification wherever possible (e.g; accuracy,
    sensitivity, precision, size, weight, robustness, etc.; design details (including e.g. part numbers, costs, interface
    specification, etc); outline of system electronics and software (as appropriate) and any miscellaneous requirements
    (such as mechanical components); block diagram of sensor system architecture and/or software flowchart; packaging
    requirements and/or user interface details; estimation of performance.
    v. Prototype Delivery [10 marks]: Construction requirements (equipment needed, special facilities, etc.); testing
    programme (performance, safety, etc.); estimated costs and time schedule (including materials, construction and
    testing).
    vi. Conclusions and Recommendations [5 marks]: Clearly formulated and concise conclusions, along with
    recommendations to senior managers.
    For additional marks, the overall quality of the report will be assessed (max. 5 marks), based on clear and concise
    writing style and layout, the length of the report, the balance across sections, and the use of appendices.
  4. Style of the Report
    The style of this document should be something you would present to a potential investor, i.e. in plain English, nicely
    formatted and containing a complete, succinct and persuasive description of your product. The main body of the
    report must not exceed 5 pages of text. Additional pages in the form of appendices can be included. These appendices
    should be used for supporting material such as data sheets, drawings, patent pages, etc. There should be no more
    than 10 pages of appendices.