Course detail

Electronic Measurement Systems

FEKT-MPC-EMSAcad. year: 2023/2024

The course deals with technical resources for measurement automation. Basic solutions for measurement systems’ design assembled from both specialized instrumentation and universal components is explained. Attention is especially focused on designing a system that meets the specified requirements, selection of suitable components and software implementation issues.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Entry knowledge

Knowledge in the Bachelor's degree level and basic usage of the development environment NI LabVIEW is required.

Rules for evaluation and completion of the course

Up to 30 points for laboratory work: - 2 theoretical tests - Uncertainties in measurement systems (4th week) - up to 6 points; Design and limits of measurement systems (6th week) - up to 6 points, - 1 practical test - Use of specialized devices using the SCPI language (8th week) - up to 6 points, - 1 project - Measuring system made up of specialized devices - up to 12 points. Credit is given upon obtaining at least 15 points in total from all evaluated activities in the laboratory. Participation in laboratory exercises is mandatory, two excused absences are tolerated. Up to 70 points for the final exam, which consists of theoretical questions and practical examples. The exam is a form of test - the correct answer is chosen from the answers offered. To successfully complete the course, you need to get at least 50% of the exam points.


The course goal is to familiarize students with the process of design and implementation of measurement systems. Student will learn to work with common measurement systems and understand the problems of measurement automation. Student is able to choose an appropriate concept of measurement system, assemble it and determine its measurement uncertainty. He knows the way of description of the general properties and structure of the measurement system.
Graduate student knows:
- terminology of measurement systems,
- basic modular systems for automation of measurement and corresponding standards.
Graduate student can:
- perform theoretical design of the measurement system,
- determine sources of uncertainty in the measurement system,
- create simple measurement system including software implementation (NI LabVIEW),
- determine requirements for the robustness of the system and its operation.

Study aids

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

ČEJKA, M. Elektronické měřicí systémy. VUT-FEKT, 2002. Elektronická skripta - VUT v Brně (CS)
DI PAOLO EMILIO, M. Data Acquisition Systems: From Fundamentals to Applied Design. 2013. Springer. ISBN 978-1461442134. (CS)
EHSANI, B. Data Acquisition Using LabVIEW. 2016. Packt Publishing Ltd. ISBN 9781782172178. (CS)

Recommended reading

KOCOUREK, P. Číslicové měřicí systémy. Vydavatelství ČVUT. (CS)

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme MPC-KAM Master's, 1. year of study, summer semester, compulsory
  • Programme MPC-EKT Master's, 1. year of study, summer semester, compulsory-optional
  • Programme MPC-EEN Master's, 2. year of study, summer semester, compulsory-optional

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Introduction, course content, design of measurement system, uncertainty of measurement.
2. Qualified estimation of uncertainty sources in measurement systems, examples for measurement devices and for sensors of non-electrical quantities.
3. Theoretical foundations of automation of measurement - typical measurement chain, analog circuits in measurement systems, sampling and its properties, aliasing effects and its limitations, multichannel data acquisition.
4. Communication inside measurement systems (RS-232, RS-422/423, EIA-485, USB, GPIB, Ethernet, PCI and PCIe).
5. Basic components for measurement systems consisting of specialized equipment, SCPI language.
6. Software tools for measurement systems and virtual instrumentation, NI USB hardware - specifications and DAQmx drivers.
7. Reliability and EMC.
8. Modular measurement systems - history, PXI and cDAQ.
9. NI cRIO system - characteristics, hardware model and data communication types, digital lines in measurement systems, signal switching - characteristics and construction.
10. Advanced programming and algorithmization in cRIO systems.
11. Metrology and standards for automated systems (CSN EN 60359), aplication od automated measurement systems in testing.

Laboratory exercise

39 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


Block A: design of the measuring system, qunatifiction and estimation of uncertainties of the measuring system, system limits (3 weeks).
Theoretical test 1
Theoretical test 2
Block B: communication with specialized measuring instruments, SCPI language (4 weeks)
Practical Test 1
Block C: working with NI DAQmx drivers and USB-6008 universal measurement card (1 week)
Block D: working with NI cRIO systems (1 week)
Project - setup of automated measuring system with specialized instruments and development of control software in LabVIEW programming environment (3 weeks)