MT2IEM-Instrumentation for Environmental Measurements

Module Provider: Meteorology
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Pre-requisites: MT12C Skills for Environmental Science PH101 Physics of the Natural World
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites: MT26E Surface Energy Exchange MT24B Atmospheric Physics
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Prof Giles Harrison


Summary module description:
Principles underpinning environmental instrumentation and its use in environmental measurement systems

This module aims to educate students in the nature of sensors and advanced instrumentation used in environmental measurements and its limitations, as applied to obtaining sophisticated measurements of the natural environment at the surface and in the atmosphere.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module students will:
-understand and recognized the elements needed in obtaining environmental measurements, from the sensor to the final data file
-develop understanding of the basic electronic systems and modules forming a measurement system and the signal conditioning typically required
-recognise how to an implement appropriate data logging strategy, in terms of sampling rate and resolution, for the measurements sought

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:
Introduction to typical environmental sensors generating electrical outputs

Signal processing electronics (voltage amplifiers, resistance to voltage convertors, current to voltage convertors, analogue filtering)

The microcontroller (and microcontroller) as a bespoke programmable system for signal processing, sensor data transfer and data acquisition (especially as referred to radiosonde measurement systems)

Implementation of an environmental data logging system, including remote power provision, durability, sampling strategy, data transmission and retrieval

Data analysis at the data logger stage (mean, median and outlier removal strategies, variability; Fourier analysis)

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
10 x 50minute lectures;
5 x 3 hour laboratory practical sessions developing and deploying elements of a small measurement system

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 10
Practicals classes and workshops 15
Guided independent study 75
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 80
Class test administered by School 20

Other information on summative assessment:
Lecture material assessed by class test; Laboratory work assessed by laboratory reports.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

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    Reassessment arrangements:
    Resubmission of coursework

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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