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Signal Conditioning, Data Acquisition and Data Analysis JEE508



This unit is specifically designed for science and engineering graduates requiring a rigorous applied and functional knowledge of signal conditioning and data acquisition appropriate for experiments carried out in the maritime field. The subject matter has been designed around the specific problems encountered using the suite of testing facilities of the National Centre for Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics for engineering research and development. However, upon successful completion and retention of the knowledge gained within this unit the student will be able to transfer the methods to other testing environments.
The intensive learning sessions begin with learning activities on transducer technologies for pressure, force, strain, acceleration and flow measurements. Topics on signal conditioning and data acquisition then lead on to filter design. Post-processing of data is covered in the final 2.5 days with specific reference to the hardware already introduced. For all aspects of the course students are introduced to global resources available for such work from the lecturer’s experience of conducting experiments in a number of world-renowned facilities.
Although this unit is highly technical, the students are also introduced to the ideas of ethical research, and the need for formal ethical approval. This unit will not cover the formal approval process, students MUST conduct further self-driven research on this topic if they require it.


Unit name Signal Conditioning, Data Acquisition and Data Analysis
Unit code JEE508
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Australian Maritime College
Discipline National Centre for Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics
Coordinator Professor Jonathan Binns
Teaching staff Professor Jonathan Binns
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

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Learning Outcomes

  • List 5 probabilistic and 5 deterministic methods of analysing time series data;
  • Design and test a combined analog and digital filter system for an expected set of experimental data;
  • Specify a temperature, pressure, strain, force, flow and level transducer for a given set of data acquisition requirements using global and local resources;
  • Report the details of an experimental setup for a specialist experimentalist and a scientist without such experience;
  • Differentiate between an impulse signal and a periodic signal and apply analysis methods appropriate to each form of data;
  • Determine if a particular study requires formal ethical approval, if not then identify what ethical considerations are required.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
031799 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable $2,826.00

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Students must have completed a minimum of a 3-year science-based degree, ideally a 4-year engineering degree would have been completed.


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From online sources:
The following can be ordered or downloaded online at
Smith, S.W., 2002, Digital Signal Processing: A Practical Guide for Engineers and Scientists, Newnes
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Recommended readings
• Beckwith, T.G., Marangoni, R.D. & Lienhard, J.H., 2006, Mechanical Measurements 6th Edition, Prentice Hall
• Omega Engineering, 1998a, Transactions in Measurement and Control – Volume 2: Data Acquisition, Putman Publishing.
• Omega Engineering, 1998b, Transactions in Measurement and Control – Volume 3: Force Related Measurements, Putman Publishing.
• Omega Engineering, 1998c, Transactions in Measurement and Control – Volume 4: Flow & Level Measurement, Putman Publishing.
Others to be provided.

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