Course detail


FEKT-BPA-SNIAcad. year: 2022/2023

The course presents basic sensor principles, their parameters and construction. It deals with instrumentation, non-electrical quantities measurements concepts and procedures. It also presents the differences between conventional electrical measurements of the electrical quantities and non-electrical quantities on the real industry systems.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Absovent is able to:
- Know the principles of basic type of the sensors
- Know the principles of methods for measuring mechanical quantities (dimension, velocity, acceleration, force, torque), flow, temperature, radiation
- Use electrical measuring instruments
- Design and implement measurement of physical quantities
- Know the procedures for processing the measured data and their evaluation
- Make qualified conclusions about the specific measurement

Course graduate should get basic knowledges and facilities in sensor field and the most commonly measured non-electrical quantities, include measurement concept design and results process and evaluaiton.


Students must have a knowledge of physics, mathematics and electrical circuits at the level of the 1st year Bachelor studies.


Not applicable.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Teaching methods depend on the type of course unit as specified in the article 7 of BUT Rules for Studies and Examinations. Techning methods include lectures and practical laboratories. Students have to write a ten laboratory records during the course.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Evaluation laboratory 0 - 20
Oral part of exam 0 - 80

Course curriculum

1) Introduction, transducers fundamentals
2) Basic physical effect
3) Displacement sensors
4) Tachometers and velocity sensors, accelerometers, gyros and attitude sensors
5) Load cells, torque sensors, pressure transducers
6) Flowmeters
7) Thermometers
8) Radiation pyrometers
9) Optical detectors
10) Nuclear radiation detectors
11) Magnetometers
12) Chemical sensors

Work placements

Not applicable.


The goal of the course is to introduce students to the basic modern solutions and methods of physical quantities measurements. These represent more than 95 % of all measured quantities in the laboratory and industrial areas. The course should also present sensor and physical quantities measurements importance in technical and non-technical fields.

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

The content and forms of instruction in the evaluated course are specified by a regulation issued by the lecturer responsible for the course and updated for every academic year.
Laboratory classes are mandatory it is possible to replace the missed laboratory exercise.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

Norton, H.: Handbook of Transducers. Prentice Hall, London, 1989 (EN)
Webster J. G.: Measurement, Instrumentation, and Sensors Handbook: Two-Volume Set. Taylor&Francis Inc., ISBN 978-1439848838 (EN)

Recommended reading

Not applicable.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme BPA-ELE Bachelor's

    specialization BPA-ECT , 3. year of study, winter semester, compulsory-optional
    specialization BPA-PSA , 3. year of study, winter semester, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer

Laboratory exercise

39 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer