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Course module: 202000981
Course info
Course module202000981
Credits (ECTS)3
Course typeStudy Unit
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact E.J. Faber
Lecturer E.C. Dertien
Examiner E.C. Dertien
Lecturer E.J. Faber
Examiner E.J. Faber
Contactperson for the course E.J. Faber
Academic year2022
Starting block
RemarksPart of elective module 5A CreaTe
Minor students: register for the minor!
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
Students are able to characterise and analyse in both theory and practice resistive, capacitive, magnetic, acoustic and optical sensors and their interface circuitry. Understand the effects of making a transition from the physical domain to the digital domain.
Sensors are about connecting the physical world to the digital world. Sensors (especially sensors for use in the Creative Technology domain) will be treated according to the physical domain in which they operate and will be characterised in practical lab sessions.

In Sensors students will get familiarized with
  • basic methods for measuring quantities and parameters in the electrical, thermal and mechanical domain,
  • sensors commonly used for the measurement of these quantities,
  • the general performance and basic limitations of these sensors and
  • deploying sensors in an application context.
Furthermore, the interfacing from analog to digital world also plays a crucial role. The course will be given with sessions consisting of lectures and practical tutorial sessions. A number of sensors already have been encountered in previous courses. In this course the sensing methodologies and interfacing inside will be examined. It will have a strong emphasis on a practical approach. Sessions will be held around one topic. For every topic a case will be introduced. This can be a case provided by the lecturer or by students. To address the case the necessary background on physical principles will be provided. The materials for dealing with the case will be split into Sensing Principles (theory), Stuff that can go wrong and Interfacing examples. In the last category as much practical examples (using Arduino) will be provided and experimented with during the tutorial sessions.

Prior knowledge for Sensors can be acquired via:
  • Background knowledge for electric circuits can be found in Neil Storey, "Electronics, A Systems Approach", 6th edition, Pearson Education Limited, 2017. Chapters of interest are: Chapter 1 (back to basics); Chapter 3.1 - 3.7 (DC network theory); Chapter 4.1 - 4.4, 4.7 - 4.8 (capacitors); Chapter 5.1, 5.4 - 5.5, 5.8 -5.9 (inductors); Chapter 6.1 - 6.2 (i-v relationships in R, C and L for sinusoidal functions); Chapter 8.1 – 8.4, 8.10 (filters); Chapter 14.1 – 14.4 (basic concepts of amplification)
  • Background knowledge for Physical Computing via: “Getting Started with Arduino”, Massimo Banzi, O'Reilly, 2009; Course material “Programming and Physical Computing”: online; “Learning Processing”, Daniel Shiffman, Elsevier, 2008

Manual enrollment via Osiris is only for Creative Technology students. Students from other bachelor programmes can enroll if they are allowed to follow the module as a minor/exchange programme. Note that the Smart Tech module and its courses are not open for students from all study directions! Check the entry rules at the minor office for the most recent entry requirements. If you want to enroll, please contact K. Zalewska (
Assumed previous knowledge
The prior knowledge for Sensors comprises:
•Partly the prior knowledge for the C&E course in the book of Neil Storey apart from Chapters 6 and 8.
•Basic understanding of physical Computing, as taught in module 2 of Creative Technology. This involves embedded control (Microcontroller systems (Arduino), sensors, actuators, communication, programming in C (Arduino) and Java (Processing), spreadsheets (such as Excel, Numbers or libreoffice Calc) breadboarding and system synthesis.
Module 5A
Participating study
Bachelor Creative Technology
Required materials
Course material
Toolkit: "Arduino starter kit". Available as ‘Create ProtoBox’ at the STORES
Recommended materials
Paul Regtien, Edwin Dertien “Sensors for Mechatronics”, 2nd edition, Elsevier, 2018, ISBN-13: 9780128138106, ISBN-10: 0128138106. Book for Sensors.
Instructional modes



written exam (multiple choice), 2 graded assignments, other assignments

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