• Offered by Research School of Earth Sciences
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Earth and Marine Science
  • Areas of interest Earth and Marine Sciences, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Physics, Science

This course is not offered in 2019

Measurement plays a critical role in the advancement of science and technology. As humanity progresses, our demand for precision measurements involves increasingly complex instruments which require a comprehensive understanding of physics, electronics, computing, automation, signal and data processing, encapsulated by a culture of design and innovation. In this program, students will learn the principles of the science and technology behind advanced measurement and detector systems. This course mainly concerns detection and signal measurement of particles (neutral atoms, ions) and photons. We will examine several operational complex detection and measurement systems and assess how these instruments are designed and constructed for specific application(s). Particular case studies could include space missions, synchrotrons, particle accelerators and mass spectrometers. Coverage will include specifics of the detector systems as well as critical support systems (vacuum, power, temperature stabilization, mechanical isolation)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Understand the physical principles behind detectors and sensors.
  2. Apply the knowledge of detectors and sensors to a particular measurement problem.
  3. Analyze a complex measurement system, identify component parts and their relationships, and determine the performance of the system.
  4. Evaluate the performance and limits of a variety of detector systems.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:
  • Labs 20% (LO 2,3,4)
  • Assignments 40% (LO1-4)
  • Case Study report/Exam 30% (LO1-4)
  •  Regular quizzes 10% (LO1)

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120 hours of total student learning time, including: 42 hours of lectures and drop-in sessions, 16 hours of laboratories, and individual study.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course, you must be currently enrolled in the Master of Science in Precision Instrumentation and Measurement, or with prior approval from the course convenor. You must have previously completed PHYS6711.

Assumed Knowledge

12 units of university level mathematics for physicists and engineers. 12 units of first year university advanced level physics.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5460
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3609 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 08 May 2020 05 Jun 2020 In Person N/A

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