Project and Design of Instruments - EF

Ano letivo: 2017-2018
Specification sheet

Specific details
course codecycle os studiesacademic semestercredits ECTSteaching language

Learning goals
Knowledge of the principles of operation of instruments controlled by computer;
Ability to create small tools for computer-controlled industrial instrumentation or consumption.
Knowledge of the basic rules of product design; Interpret correctly specification sheets produced by manufacturers; Know how to assemble a small system with electronic sensors and actuators.
Know how to use Labview software or equivalent.
Competence to solve problems;
Competence in critical thinking;
Competence in applying theoretical knowledge in practice.
1 ?Design Techniques;
2 ? Computer controlled instruments ? hardware and software.
3- Design and assembling of a prototype.
Electrónica, Interfaces e Sistemas de Aquisição de Dados, Tecnologia de Sistemas Embebidos
Generic skills to reach
. Competence in analysis and synthesis;
. Competence in organization and planning;
. Competence to solve problems;
. Critical thinking;
. Competence in applying theoretical knowledge in practice;
. Computer Skills for the scope of the study;
. Using the internet as a communication medium and information source;
. Competence for working in group;
. Competence in autonomous learning;
. Creativity;
(by decreasing order of importance)
Teaching hours per semester
theory-practical classes15
laboratory classes30
total of teaching hours60

Sseminar or study visit20 %
Project80 %

Bibliography of reference
Engineering Design Methods ? Strategies for Product Design, Nigel Cross, John Wiley and Sons, 2000
Electronic Portable Instruments: Design and Applications, Halit Eren, CRC Press, 2004
Microprocessor Based Design: A Comprehensive Guide to Effective Hardware Design , Michael Slater , Prentice Hall, 1988
Teaching method
Partition of contact hours: Lectures 0h, Theoretical-Practical 15 h, Laboratory Practice 30h, Field Work 0h, Seminar 15h, Tutorial 0h, Other 0h.
Evaluation components and corresponding weights (as percentage) in the final grade:
Seminar report or field trip 20, Project 80.
The course is an integrator project to the first cycle with a strong component of engineering practice and Applied Physics. The theme is suggested by the teacher, who will guide and follow the development of the various phases of the project.
The use of Internet search engines for the development of the project will be strongly encouraged. Students will be required to assemble of a prototype, make a short written report and an oral presentation of the project. The project will be done in groups of two or three students, with individual report and presentation.
Resources used
Laboratório de projecto, incluindo computadores com acesso à internet e acesso a oficina de montagem de electrónica e pequena mecânica.