Apply Now

ZUG3024 – Instrumentation and Measurement

Undergraduate – Module

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this module is offered.

Faculty

Business, Engineering and Technology

Offered

South Africa
On-campus block of classes

  • Semester 1, 2020 (Mainstream Programme)
  • Semester 1, 2021 (Extended Programme)

12 credits, NQF Level 7

Synopsis

The principal aim of this module is to provide students with a well-founded background and understanding into the theory and application of engineering measurement and instrumentation. Throughout an integrated approach into the application of statistics and uncertainty analysis in the design of measurement systems and measurement test plans are emphasised.

Outcomes

On completion of the module, students will be expected to be able to:

1Understand, identify and define the basic concepts of experimental measurement methods, standards, calibration and systems.
2Define the static and dynamic characteristics of signals and systems.  Develop transfer function model to represent the dynamic behaviour of a measurement system, perform signal analysis to determine dynamic parameter and performance.
3Apply statistical methods to understand, quantify and represent finite sensor data sets.
4Perform uncertainty analysis from sensor performance information
5Describe principle of operation and analyse analogue measurement techniques, analyse loading effects that a measurement system exerts on the measured variable.
6Design and analyse operational amplifier circuits, special purpose application circuits, passive and active filters to perform signal conditioning.
7Describe the fundamental principle of operation and mathematical formulation of temperature sensors, describe the application of temperature sensors within electronic circuits to form measurement systems and perform system analysis.
8Describe the fundamental principle of operation and mathematical formulation of pressure and velocity measurement sensors, describe the application of pressure and velocity measurement sensors within electronic circuits to form measurement systems, perform system analysis.
9Describe the fundamental principle of operation and mathematical formulation of flow measurement sensors, describe the application of flow measurement sensors within electronic circuits to form measurement systems, perform system analysis.
10Describe the fundamental principle of operation and mathematical formulation of strain measurement sensors, describe the application of strain measurement sensors within electronic circuits to form measurement systems, perform system analysis.

Assessment

Coursework assessment: 40%
Examination: 60%

Workload requirements

Selecting and specifying instrumentation, defining measurement test procedures and interpreting test results is a common basis for the practice of test engineering. A major outcome of this module is for the student to demonstrate competence to design and conduct investigations and experiments exit level outcome 4: Investigations, experiments and data analysis. To reinforce learning the following design and synthesis tools are recommended:

  • Make use of LabView to simulate and analyse some of the analogue and digital measurement system behaviour.
  • Make use of Microsoft excel to perform probability and uncertainty analysis.
  • Make use of National Instruments myDAQ interface to perform sensor measurement, calibration and statistical analysis.

There will be a combination of lectures that include interactive elements, tutorials and laboratory work. All outcomes will be assessed by means of tutorials, assignments, class tests and an examination.

Chief examiner(s)

TBA

Prohibitions

None

Prerequisites

Digital Electronics, Basic Analogue Electronics

Co-requisites

None

We are currently offline, please enter your details below and we will get back to you as soon as possible!