• Class Number 6565
  • Term Code 3360
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Chathura Bandutunga
    • Dr Chathura Bandutunga
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 24/07/2023
  • Class End Date 27/10/2023
  • Census Date 31/08/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 31/07/2023
SELT Survey Results

This course will cover the application of photonics outside of the telecommunications applications (covered in ENGN4513) and includes fundamental knowledge of a wide range of photonic sensors and instruments.  These technologies find applications in architecture, astronomy, automotive, aerospace and structural health (bridges, ships), as well as the increasing use of photonics in medical procedures and diagnostics including endoscopy, laser therapy and dosimetry.  Laboratory work covers both hands-on, fibre-based experiments and software simulations.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Understand the technologies that underly key components in a photonic sensing system;
  2. Know how to quantify and understand the effect of important parameters such as calibration, linearity and signal-to-noise;
  3. Design a simple topology for a sensing system by integrating key photonic components;
  4. Present the design, explain how the system works and communicate details of its performance and limitations.

Research-Led Teaching

Photonics Sensing Systems details major photonic concepts that are at the forefront of optical technologies today. The course material covers physical concepts including optical resonators, fibre optics and interferometry. This is taught through analyzing different optical systems, giving the opportunity to tackle concepts including frequency domain analysis of signals, sensor linearity, and noise in optical systems. In the assignments and laboratories, you will develop holistic problem solving skills that draw on both the physical concepts and the engineering techniques used to combine them into complete systems.

Required Resources

Laboratory manual and suggested reading within. Independent background reading is required as part of the literature review included with the laboratory report.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • Written comments and numerical grade
  • Feedback to the whole class where there is a common concern

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Laboratories (Weeks 3 - 8)3 x labs running for 2 weeks each Each of the 3 laboratories will have a logbook and associated laboratory questions. One of the three laboratories is to be selected for drafting as a formal report. The formal report will consist of a marked draft and final submission at the end of semester.
2 Lectures & Assignments (Weeks 1 - 12)5x assignments, spaced evenly throughout the semester The assignments are design oriented problems the aim of bringing together multiple concepts in optics and metrology covered in the lectures to develop, model and simulate optical sensors. Some of the assignments will require computational results (using scientific computation software of your choice)

Tutorial Registration

Students should allocate to activities via MyTimetable

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Examination 40 % 02/11/2023 30/11/2023 1,2,3,4
Laboratory 30 % 10/10/2023 17/10/2023 1,2,3,4
Assignments 30 % 13/08/2023 30/10/2023 1,2,3,4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


Students are expected to attend 3 x 1 hour lectures per week and a total of 18 laboratory hours per semester (6 x 3 hour sessions).

Additional tutorial sessions will be run to assist with the assignments and laboratory analysis as required and/or requested.


Please check the ANU final Examination Timetable http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/assessments-exams/examination-timetable to confirm the date, time and location exam.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 02/11/2023
Return of Assessment: 30/11/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4


 Students should consult the course wattle site and the ANU final examination timetable to confirm the date, time and venue of the exam.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 10/10/2023
Return of Assessment: 17/10/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4


The laboratory assessment is divided between a logbook grade (3%), a draft report (9%) and a final report (18%). The logbook will outline the results from each of the three experiments carried out during the course. The final report is selected by the student to provide further detail and analysis in the same vein as a scientific paper. As such, the final report includes your own research into the scientific literature surrounding your experiment. The draft report will provide you with the opportunity to make corrections and improvements to your final report from written feedback. Logbook and draft report are due in week 9, the final report is due in week 12.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 13/08/2023
Return of Assessment: 30/10/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4


There are 5 assignments and each will focus on a specific optical sensing application. Using the concepts and techniques covered in the course, you will have to design (with guidance) an optical sensor capable of fulfilling the specifications set out in the assignment brief. Tutorials will be held to provide help from the tutors and encourage collaboration between you and your peers.

Each assignment is worth 6% of the final grade and due dates will be spread out during the semester. The date range in the assessment table refers to the date the first assignment is due to the due date of the final assignment. Please refer to the Wattle page for the due dates of each assignment.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) a submission must be through Turnitin

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

Assignments will be returned to students the following week with written feedback.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

Resubmission of assignments is not permitted.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information. In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service — including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy. If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes. Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).
Dr Chathura Bandutunga

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