Analysis of digital data (I) (from September 2022)


Digital Data Analysis is part of De Montfort University FdSc in forensic collision investigation.

Many of the on board vehicle systems found today use a combination of accelerometers and GPS inputs, CPU's, Insurance telematics, performance computers and, to a lesser extent,digital tachographs. In this module we will be looking at the accelerometer and GPS units in a raw data format. How the data can be smoothed, graphed and used. As importantly we will start to look at when not to use the data.

What you will study

The module is new and currently being redeveloped  for delivery from Sept' 2022.

Starting with what is an accelerometer the module develops to look at triggering, damping and the way in which some multi-directional devices deal with multiple force directions. You will be introduced to how analogue waveforms are converted to digital data, the binary number system and data sampling. You will be asked to consider differing sample rates and what the effects may be.

Entry requirements

We assume that you hold a CertHE or have studied Applied maths to get the most from this module.

Pre-module study

Some of the maths will not have been covered at UCPD level but will have been covered in Applied maths. Some of the assessments require the use of a spreadsheets, (Microsoft Excel) thus you will need to be able to use Excel to complete the module. Click on Entry level on the menu bar and select our free Excel course.

Study method

6 weeks distance learning.

What you will need

Your joining instructions list any specific requirements.  General tools include a scientific calculator.  We recommend any Casio with a 'Natural Display'. Microsoft Excel, Apple's Numbers or similar.

Teaching and assessment

Your tutors will help you with your studies during the module.  They will mark and comment on your final exam and coursework.

Whats the qualification

This module is part of De Montfort university's FdSc in forensic road collision investigation.

How to register

The FdSc starts in September of each year. Apply through AiTS. If you wish to take this module without registering with the university you may do so however no university accreditation will be give. To take as a standalone check the calendar for the next presentation and contact AiTS.

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The module at a glance

Code: ENGS2005
Credits: 15
Level: 5
Duration: 8 weeks
Type: Distance learning
Assessment: Two pieces of coursework

Links to FdSc modules

Further maths
Analysis of digital data I
Analysis of digital data II
Computation and collision analysis
Motorcycle collisions
Pedestrian collisions
Vehicle dynamics - PC-Crash


AiTS have been training collision investigators in the UK and overseas since 1996. We are also the UK's main provider of Roads Policing, Prohibitions and Tachograph training in the UK and Ireland.

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