DCU Home | Our Courses | Loop | Registry | Library | Search DCU

Module Specifications..

Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Measurement & Signal Processing
Module Code MM307
School School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Harold Esmonde
Semester 2: Harold Esmonde
Autumn: Harold Esmonde
Module TeachersHarold Esmonde
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Repeat examination

In this module students are introduced to the principles of measurement and signal processing.

Learning Outcomes

1. Identify the relevant static and dynamic performance characteristics of sensors.
2. Use appropriate techniques for handling errors in measurement.
3. Use curve fitting techniques when modelling systems based on experimental data.
4. Describe some of the more common signal conditioning techniques used in measurement.
5. Represent periodic signals with Fourier series.
6. Use the Fourier transform to represent aperiodic signals.
7. Explain the application of the discrete Fourier transform and the fast Fourier transform when working with sampled data.
8. Explain the difference between analogue and digital signals and the limitations of sampling processes
9. Derive frequency response functions for linear systems.
10. Demonstrate an understanding of spectral analysis.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture20No Description
Tutorial9No Description
Laboratory4No Description
Independent Study83No Description
Total Workload: 116

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment20% Examination Weight80%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Laboratory Portfolio2 laboratory sessions20%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 3
Indicative Reading List

  • Alan S. Morris: 2001, Measurement and Instrumentation Principles, 3rd, Butterworth Heinmann,
  • John P. Bentley: 2004, Principles of Measurement Systems, 4th, Prentice Hall,
  • Jack Holman: 2011, Experimental Methods for Engineers, 8th, McGraw Hill,
  • Paul A Lynn: 1989, An Introduction to the Analysis and Processing of Signals, 3rd, Chem/Matls-Sci,
  • James H. McClellan, Ronald W. Schafer, Mark A. Yoder: 2003, Signal Processing First, 1st, Prentice Hall,
  • Julius S. Bendat, Allan G. Piersol: 1993, Engineering Applications of Correlation and Spectral Analysis, 2nd, Wiley,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
BMEDB.Eng. in Biomedical Engineering
BMEDIB.Eng. in Biomedical Engineering
CAMB.Eng. Mechanical & Manufacturing Eng
CAMIB.Eng. in Mechanical & Manufacturing Eng
ECSAStudy Abroad (Engineering & Computing)
ECSAOStudy Abroad (Engineering & Computing)
MEB.Eng. in Mechatronic Engineering
MEIB.Eng in Mechatronic Engineering
SSEBEng in Mechanical & Sustainability Eng
SSEIBEng in Mechanical & Sustainability Eng
Date of Last Revision16-SEP-08

My DCU | Loop | Disclaimer | Privacy Statement