This unit of study aims to introduce data acquisition systems used for converting real-world signals to digital data with a focus on practical experience. It provides the basics of sensors, digital systems, signal processing as well as the programming skills to implement data processing and presentation.


Teaching periods
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Describe and apply the basics of data acquisition system design (K1, K2, S1)
  • Design and implement a data acquisition project (K1, K2, S1, S2, S3)
  • Evaluate a range of engineering sensors and signal processing approaches and select instrumentation appropriate to the design requirements for a given application (K1, K2, K6, S1, S2, S3, A5)
  • Demonstrate programming skills in data processing, analysis and presentation (K1, K2, K6, S1, S2, A4)
  • Demonstrate teamwork skills to implement a specific project, safely execute experiments, generate high quality engineering report and deliver professional presentations (K6, S4, A2, A4, A5, A6, A7)

Teaching methods


Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Face to Face Contact (Phasing out)
1.00 12 weeks 12
Face to Face Contact (Phasing out)
3.00 12 weeks 36
Unspecified Learning Activities (Phasing out)
Independent Learning
8.50 12 weeks 102


Type Task Weighting ULO's
Design ProjectIndividual/Group 50% 1,2,3,4,5 
PortfolioIndividual 50% 3,4 


As the minimum requirements of assessment to pass a unit and meet all ULOs to a minimum standard, an undergraduate student must have achieved:

An aggregate mark of 50% or more.


  • MATLAB programming
  • Basic LabVIEW programming
  • Digital logic and number systems
  • Data acquisition systems: sensors, signal processing, signal digitization
  • Hands-on laboratories and project development

Study resources

Reading materials

A list of reading materials and/or required textbooks will be available in the Unit Outline on Canvas.