University of Information Technology

Sensors & Electronics

Course Description

Nowadays, sensors play an important role in our everyday life and in Internet of Things (IoT). Sensors monitor our health status, air quality, home security, and are widely used in the Industrial IoT to monitor production processes. The overall goal of this course is for students to attain a broad familiarity with many different sensors useful in IoT application development. It aims to provide the student with the ability to develop judgment of what sensors and modalities are appropriate for different applications.

They will come to know how to electronically condition the sensor, hook it up to a microcomputer, and process the signal basically. They can have some idea of how/where these sensors were used before and a reasonable idea of how different sensors work. This course offers lecture and lab-based instruction. Students are required to complete several problem sets and labs, and a project due at the end of the term with a final report and in-class presentation.

The aims of this course are:

  • To make students familiar with the constructions and working principle of different types of sensors and transducers.
  • To make students aware about the measuring instruments and the methods of measurement and the use of different sensors and transducers.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • use concepts in common methods for converting a physical parameter into an electrical quantity.
  • classify and explain with examples of sensors, including those for measurement of temperature, strain, motion, position and light.
  • choose proper sensor comparing different standards and guidelines to make sensitive measurements of physical parameters like pressure, flow, acceleration, etc.
  • predict correctly the expected performance of various sensors.
  • locate different types of sensors used in real life applications and paraphrase their importance.
  • set up testing strategies to evaluate performance characteristics of different types of sensors and transducers and develop professional skills in acquiring and applying the knowledge outside the classroom through design of a real-life instrumentation system.

Text and References Books


  1. Handbook of Modern Sensors: Physics, Design, and Applications, Fifth Edition, Jacob Fraden, 2015


  1. Advanced Interfacing Techniques for Sensors: Measurement Circuits and Systems for Intelligent Sensors, Boby George, Joyanta Kumar Roy, V. Jagadeesh Kumar, Subhas Chandra Mukhopadhyay, 2017
  2. Understanding Smart Sensors, Second Edition, Randy Frank, 2000
  3. Sensor and Transducer Trainer: Experiment Manual, Labtech International Ltd.

Assessment system

Evaluation Marks Percentage
Tutorial 10 Marks 10%
Lab Performance 10 Marks 10%
Project 20 Marks 20%
Final Examination 60 Marks 60%