Course detail

Principles of Measurement in Engineering

FSI-1ZMAcad. year: 2017/2018

Basic metrological terms are introduced and their meaning is explained. Also dealt with are the following topics: Physical quantity. Measuring, signal, measuring classification. Basic measurement procedures, measurement facilities, data processing algorithm. Accuracy and errors of the measurement. Results and measurement uncertainty. Measurement methods. Methods of technical diagnostics.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students will adopt physical essences of the selected measuring methods and will practically master selected experiments.


Secondary school knowledge and skills of mathematics and physics.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

DOEBELIN, E.O. Measurement systems (Application and design). New York: McGaw-Hill, 1990. 960 p.
ORNATSKIJ, P.P. Teoretičeskije osnovy informacionno-izměritělnoj techniki. Kijev: Višča škola, 1976. 431 p.
RIPKA, P.- TIPEK, A.: Master Book on Sensors. Part A and B. Praha: BEN 2003
HALLIDAY,D., RESNICK,R. and WALKER,J. Fyzika. Brno: VUTIUM 2000. 1198 p.
Aktualní legislativní normy.
MELOUN,M. and MILITKÝ,J. Kompendium statistického zpracování dat. Praha: Academia, 2002. 764 p.
KUBÁČKOVÁ,L., KUBÁČEK,L. and KUKUČKA,J. Probability and Statiscs in Geodesy and Geophysics. Amsterodam: Elsevier, 1987.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is taught through lectures explaining the basic principles and theory of the discipline. Teaching is suplemented by practical laboratory work.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

The students´ reports are evaluated during the course and an understanding of the theory is checked.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


The aim of the course is to give an overview of the basic measurement methods applied in an engineering experiment.

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

A preparation to the measurements and report compilation. The selected measurement topics must be completed.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme B3A-P Bachelor's

    branch B-MET , 1. year of study, winter semester, 5 credits, compulsory

  • Programme B3S-P Bachelor's

    branch B-KSB , 1. year of study, winter semester, 5 credits, compulsory
    branch B-VSY , 2. year of study, winter semester, 5 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


Fundamentals of metrology. Basic metrological terms. Measurement components.
International system of units - SI. SI units classification.
Measurement and its components. Results of measurement.
Procedures of measurement and of experimental data processing (planning of an experiment, measurement running, data processing and interpretation).
Methods of measurement. Direct measurements. Indirect measurements. Evaluation of the measurement uncertainty.
Generalised configurations and functional descriptions of measuring instruments.
Errors in measurement and their classification (random, systematic, relative). Mathematical methods of accuracy and measurement equipment description.
Physical principles of methods of the measurement I (displacement, velocity).
Physical principles of methods of the measurement II (pressure, temperature).
Physical principles of methods of the measurement III (electrical quantities).
Basic overview of information derived from the measurement.
Technical diagnostics.

labs and studios

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


Statistical properties of a radioactive radiant.
Dependence of the period of a uniform plate upon of the distance between the centre of oscillation and the centre of mass.
Moment of inertia of a body.
Noise of motor.
Calorimetry. Quantity of heat and specific heat.
Viscosity of liquids.
Poisson constant of the air.
Focal length of a convergent lens and a divergent lens.
Refractometry. Measurement of refractive index.
Phase difference between the voltage and the current in a ac circuit.
Absorption half-thickness of gamma-rays.
Engineering application of a scattering of beta-rays.