Course detail

Measurement in Electrical Engineering

FEKT-BKC-MVAAcad. year: 2023/2024

The course is focused on measuring electrical, magnetic, and non-electrical quantities. In the first part of the semester, students are introduced to the basics of metrology in order to be able to evaluate the accuracy of measuring methods and measuring instruments, both analogue and digital. In subsequent sections the principles, structure and characteristics of measuring instruments, sampling, A/D and D/A converters, oscilloscopes and counters are explained. Almost half of the semester is devoted to methods of measuring voltage, current, frequency, time interval, phase, power, resistance, capacitance, inductance and resonant frequency, magnetic quantities, and non-electrical quantities.
In laboratory exercises, students verify in practice the knowledge acquired in lectures: implementation of measuring methods, selection of appropriate measuring equipment, measurement proper, and accuracy evaluation via calculating the uncertainties.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Entry knowledge

Knowledge at the level of secondary education and completion of obligatory courses taken in the first year of study at FEEC are required. Emphasis is placed on the knowledge of basic statistical methods, theoretical electrical engineering, signal processing, and analogue technology.

Rules for evaluation and completion of the course

The student can achieve:
- up to 20 points for the correctly prepared and in time submitted jobs
- up to 10 points for the absolved test measurement,
- up to 70 points for the exam.
The exam is focused on verifying the student’s orientation in the problematic of accuracy, construction, and characteristic of measuring instruments and methods.

In order to receive credit, it is necessary to hand in all the protocols from laboratory exercises and homework assignments in due/corrective time. To pass the course, the cumulative points earned during the semester + from the exam must be a minimum of 50 points.

Attendance at laboratory exercises is compulsory; authorized absence from laboratory exercises can be made up for, after agreement with the teacher (usually in the last week of the semester).


The aim of the course is to provide students with information about methods for evaluating the accuracy of instruments and methods, about measuring instruments and methods for measuring active and passive quantities, as well as magnetic and non-electrical quantities.
Students who complete this course are able to:
- Evaluate the accuracy of the measuring method and instrument.
- Explain the construction and characteristics of standards of measuring el. quantities.
- Be knowledgeable about the choice of suitable measuring techniques and methods, realise measuring tasks and evaluate measurement accuracy.
- Operate basic types of measuring instruments, oscilloscopes and counters.
- Explain the principle of converters realising mathematical operations, A/D converters, and D/A converters.
- Explain the principle of analogue and digital measuring instruments, evaluate their advantages and disadvantages.
- Be well informed in the choice of a suitable method for measuring active and passive electrical quantities, evaluate their advantages and disadvantages.
- Be well informed in the choice of a suitable method for measuring magnetic and non-electrical quantities.

Study aids

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

BARTUŠEK, K.; GESCHEIDTOVÁ, E.; KUBÁSEK, R.; MIKULKA, J.; REZ, J.; STEINBAUER, M. Měření v elektrotechnice. Měření v elelektrotechnice. Brno: VUTIM, 2010. ISBN: 978-80-214-4160- 6.
BARTUŠEK, K.; GESCHEIDTOVÁ, E.; REZ, J.; STEINBAUER, M. Měření v elektrotechnice - návody k laboratorním cvičením. Brno: Ing. Zdeněk Novotný, CSc., Ondráčkova 105, 628 00 Brno, 2006. s. 1-118. ISBN: 80-214-3265-9.
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Recommended reading

Not applicable.


Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme BKC-EKT Bachelor's, 2. year of study, winter semester, compulsory
  • Programme BKC-TLI Bachelor's, 2. year of study, winter semester, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


Introduction. Principle of correct measurement. Errors and uncertainty.
Analogue measurement mechanism.
Measurement of active electrical quantities, voltmeters.
Recorders and analogue scopes.
Digital scopes and spectral analyzers.
Time, frequency and phase measurement.
Current and power measurement.
Measurement of passive electrical quantities - resistance, capacitance, inductance.
Devices and circuit characteristic measurement.
Magnetic and other non-electric measurement.

Laboratory exercise

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


Introduction, basic instruction for students.
Calibration of measurement instrument
Uncertainty of indirect measurement of DC power
Medium resistance measurement
Low resistance measurement
Impedance measurement
Voltage measurement of non-harmonic signals
Power measurement of non-harmonic signals
Automatized measurement of voltage amplifier
Measuring converters based on operational amplifier
Principles of sampling
Principles of DA and AD converters
Static hysteresis loop measurement
Shielding of alternating magnetic field
Operation with analogue and digital scope
Operation with counter
Measurement of inductor impedance by wattmeter
Frequency dependence of inductor impedance
Automatization of measurement