Course detail

PCs in Intrumentation

FEKT-BPMTAcad. year: 2017/2018

The course deals with programming of measurement systems and equipment with focus on virtual instrumentation. Students will recognize the different means used by software producers with emphasis on the software from National Instruments (LabVIEW). At the user level, they learn to use hardware devices for measurement. Attention is also paid to non-PC systems and systems based on real-time OS. Within exercises, students can obtain (after performing special test) an internationally recognized certification CLAD (NI Certified LabVIEW Associate Developer).

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The student is able to select suitable software system for creating application software for measurement instrument or measurement system, select the appropriate hardware and implement the system. He is capable of programming in LabVIEW on a basic level. He knows this development environment and can configure it. He can also work with auxiliary programs (MAX).


The student who enrolls this course should be able to explain the methods of measurement of electrical and non-electrical quantities, describe the fundamental properties of analog and digital instruments and discuss the possibilities of their usage and selection of an appropriate sensor for the measurement. This corresponds to the requirement to obtain at least ECTS grade C of both courses Measurement in electroengineering (BMVE) and Measurement of physical quantities (BMFV) in the 2nd year of bachelor study. Students should also be able to self-study from the available interactive learning materials and have such language skills to understand educational materials in English.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

VLACH, J. Začínáme s LabVIEW. BEN technická literatura, Praha 2008. (CS)
Firemní literatura Agilent a National Instruments. (EN)
ČEJKA, M. Použití počítačů v měřicí technice. Použití počítačů v měřicí technice. VUT- FEKT, 2002. (CS)
HAASZ, V., ROZTOČILl, J., NOVÁK, J. Číslicové měřicí systémy. ČVUT, Praha, 2000. (CS)
KOCOUREK, P. a kol. Číslicové měřicí systémy. ČVUT, Praha 1994. (CS)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Techning methods include lectures and computer laboratories.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Up to 40 points for computer exercises where students can earn up to 15 points for each of the two written tests and up to 10 points for one separate task .
Up to 60 points for written exam.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Introduction, course content. Overview of usual software tools, introduction to LabVIEW.
2. Peripherals and ways of obtaining data about the target object (acquisition cards, RS ..., GPIB, VXI).
3. Basic concepts and navigation in LabVIEW.
4. Troubleshooting and debug in LabVIEW.
5. Implementing VI in LabVIEW control structures.
6. Relating data in LabVIEW (arrays, clusters, type definitions).
7. Managing resources in LabVIEW (file I/O, data collection NI-DAQ, instrument drivers).
8. Developing modular applications in LabVIEW.
9. Common design techniques and patterns in LabVIEW.
10. Using variables in LabVIEW.
11. LabVIEW add-ons, examples of applications.
12. LabVIEW RealTime, FPGA module, distributed applications.


The course goal is to provide orientation in software systems for creating measurement applications, the basic orientation of the measurement peripherals for PC and learn to work with LabVIEW.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Mandatory participation in seminars, in case of absence the exercise work can be supplemented with a self-study of interactive learning materials. Two excused absences are tolerated.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme EEKR-B Bachelor's

    branch B-EST , 2. year of study, summer semester, 6 credits, optional interdisciplinary

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer

Exercise in computer lab

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer

Laboratory exercise

13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer