• 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, Statistics, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Physics, Electronics
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Malcolm Sambridge
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2022
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In Sem 2 2022, this course is on campus with remote adjustments only for participants with unavoidable travel restrictions/visa delays.

The proper analysis of scientific data is the most powerful tool we have for separating scientific fact from fiction, and a key part of the process in the modern practice of science is getting the data into an electronic format. This class will provide an introduction to the electronics methods and techniques most useful in instrumentation and laboratory settings, along with an introduction to statistical and numerical techniques that are useful in the analysis and characterisation of data. Students will have the opportunity to learn and practice the methods of signal conditioning, analog to digital conversion (and the reverse), and low-noise circuit design that are key to the high-fidelity transformation of signals into data. When analysing data, a focus will be placed on conceptual understanding of how specific methods work and the situations in which they can and cannot be applied. A number of practical examples will be discussed during the course, providing the opportunity for hands-on learning through the processing of real data sets with statistical software and data evaluation programs. The experience gained in this course will help students approach their own research problems.

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 of the principles of linear circuits, amplification and feedback, analog to digital conversion, digital to analog conversion, and the requirements of analog electronics to successfully interface with digital systems;
  2. Analyse, design, and build practical circuits;
  3. Interpret and evaluate electronic circuit diagrams;
  4. Apply the basic principles of the design of electronic circuits to optimise signals to noise ratios in data acquisition systems;
  5. Understand and perform a suite of statistical techniques;
  6. Evaluate data sets using appropriate techniques;
  7. Assess quality of data needed to obtain specific goals;
  8. Apply effectively a variety of data analysis tools.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:
  • Theory exam (25% LO 5-7)
  • Data Practicals (25% LO 5-8)
  • Electronics Labs 25% (LO2-4)
  • Oral reports 25% (LO1-3)

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Course includes a total of 30 hours of lectures and 40 hours of practicals. Students are expected to spend an additional 50 hours on work related to the course.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be currently enrolled in the Master of Science in Precision Instrumentation and Measurement program or by permission from the Convenor. This course is incompatible with EMSC8023 and EMSC4123.


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $4200
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $6000
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6728 25 Jul 2022 01 Aug 2022 31 Aug 2022 28 Oct 2022 In Person View

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