Instrumentation and Measurement Systems - EL565

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
(version 3)
Autumn 5 15 (7.5) PROF Y Yan checkmark-circle


This module consists of a series of coherent lectures, laboratory sessions and examples classes. Technical topics covered in the module include basic error analysis, general principles of measurement and instrumentation, sensors and transducers, signal conditioning and data presentation elements, power supplies, and noise and screening. The students are taught to understand the role of the various elements of a measurement system and to specify and evaluate a measurement system for a given application. In practical laboratory sessions the students construct and test basic measurement systems using common sensors and electronic components. There is also a practical laboratory session on power supplies. Real-world case studies are provided to illustrate the applications and significance of measurement systems in industry.


This module appears in the following module collections.

Contact hours

Total contact hours: 38
Private study hours: 112
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

40% Examination
60% Coursework

Indicative reading


See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will:
1). Have an understanding of the principles of measurement and instrument design;
2). Have an understanding of analogue signal processing;
3). Have an understanding of the effects of noise and methods of noise reduction;
4). Have an understanding of transducers and data converters;
5). Have the necessary skills to design and analyse electronic instruments.
6). Have the necessary skills to design a basic power supply.


  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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