Instrumentation and Measurement Systems - EENG5650

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 5 15 (7.5) Yong Yan checkmark-circle


Error analysis, general principles of measurement and instrumentation, sensors, signal conditioning and data presentation elements, and power supplies. The role of the various elements of a measurement system and evaluation of a measurement system for a given application. Construction and testing of measurement systems using common sensors and signal conditioning components. Real-world case studies such as acoustic emission detection, vibration monitoring, triboelectric sensing, flow measurement measurement and structural health monitoring are provided to illustrate the applications and significance of measurement systems in industry.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 40
Private study hours: 110
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

70% Examination
30% Coursework (Lab Reports)

Indicative reading

• Grounding & Shielding Techniques in Instrumentation (1997), R. Morrison, Wiley
• Principles of Measurement Systems, (2005) Bentley, Longman
• Sensors and Systems, Usher M.J. and Keating,(1996) D.A., MacMillan
• The Art of Electronics (2nd Ed),(2006) Horowitz & Hill, Cambridge University Press
• Transducers & Interfacing, (1991) Bannister & Whitehead, Van Nostrand Reinhold
• Electronics - A Systems Approach, (2018), Neil Storey, Pearson Education

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1. Have a knowledge and critical understanding of the well-established principles underpinning measurement;
2. Have a knowledge and critical understanding of the well-established principles of measurement and instrument design;
3. Have a knowledge and critical understanding of sensors;
4. Have a knowledge and critical understanding of analogue signal conditioning and processing;
5. Have an understanding of power supplies.
6. Have the necessary skills to apply underlying concepts and principles to apply sensors and instruments and analyse their outputs.


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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