Postgraduate course

Measurement technology

Semester of Instruction


Objectives and Content

The course aims to give the students a general introduction to instrumentation and measurement systems, including characterization of these. Different sensor principles are presented with emphasis on signal conditioning, signal processing and transmission of measurement signals.

Learning Outcomes

 By completing the course the students should be able to:

  • describe the individual elements of the general measurement system.
  • elaborate on the static characteristics of measurement system elements, including steady state measurement system accuracy.
  • explain and identify dynamic characteristics of measurement systems, including the step response and the frequency response of 1. and 2. order systems.
  • elaborate on techniques for compensation of dynamic errors in measurement systems.
  • demonstrate knowledge of signals and noise in measurement systems, including methods to reduce the effect of noise and interference in measurement systems.
  • elaborate on functionality and typical characteristics of resistive, capacitive inductive, electromagnetic, thermoelectric and piezoelectric sensing elements.
  • explain signal conditioning using the Wheatstone measurement bridge.
  • elaborate on fundamental principles in fluid mechanics.
  • explain functionality and typical characteristics for different flowmeters, including the differential pressure flowmeter, the turbine meter, the vortex flowmeter, the electromagnetic flowmeter, the ultrasound transit-time flowmeter and the Coriolis flowmeter.
  • elaborate on the fundamental principles of control systems theory, including mathematical modeling of dynamic systems, state space analysis, mono and multivariable systems, feedback systems, graphical representation of the frequency response, PID controller, controllability and observability.

Required Previous Knowledge

Minimum 60 ECTS in physics.

Forms of Assessment

Mid-term exam and final oral exam. The mid-term is written. Auxiliary material allowed for the exam: Approved calculator in line with Faculty regulations. The mid-term can count for up to 30 % of the final grade, and is valid for two semesters including the semester it is completed. For semesters without instruction, the final exam counts for 100 % of the final grade.

Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.


Contact Information


Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Oral examintion and midterm examination

    Exam period
    Withdrawal deadline
    • Exam part: Midterm examination