Sensors and Measurements (ELE230)

Introduction to different principles of measuring and sensing devices.

Course description for study year 2023-2024


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The course covers the fundamental types of sensors, the physical concepts underlying various sensing systems, data handling, the practical applications of measurement, as well as discussions of constraints and error sources.

Learning outcome

After taking this course, the student will have familiarity:

  • the measurements units
  • different type of sensors (i.e., inertial, physiological, environmental, smart sensors, and biosensors)
  • different type of sensing methods (i.e., HW based, or radio signals-based)
  • errors, noise, accuracy and resolution in measurement process
  • basic overview of biomedical systems
  • the physical principles utilized in the different kinds of sensors
  • calibration of sensors and instruments
  • basic concepts of signal processing
  • sensors communication technologies (e.g., serial, Bluetooth, WiFi, Zigbee, etc)
  • timeseries analysis, and timeseries forecasting
  • data presentation.
  • introduction to the use of data/signals/timeseries in machine learning
  • sensors based application scenarios (e.g., Human Activity Recognition based on inertial sensors, flow measurements, blood pressure, measurements of the respiratory systems or hear rate).

As part of the laboratory activity, the students will program and use an Arduino in order to perform practical measurements.

Required prerequisite knowledge


Recommended prerequisites

ELE100 Electrical Engineering 1, ELE130 Applied Mathematics and Physics in Programming of Robots


Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam 1/1 4 Hours Letter grades

Coursework requirements

Theoretical assignments, Compulsory lab assignments
6 compulsory theoretical assignments. 3 compulsory lab assignments.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator:

Florenc Demrozi

Course teacher:

Erik Sæland Hafnor

Coordinator laboratory exercises:

Didrik Efjestad Fjereide

Study Program Director:

Tormod Drengstig

Course coordinator:

Tom Ryen

Head of Department:

Tom Ryen

Method of work

6 hours lectures and 2 hour lab working for week.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Instrumentation Systems (ELE380_1) 10

Open for

Control Engineering and Circuit Design - Bachelor in Engineering Medical technology - Bachelor in Engineering

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course coordinator, the student representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital course evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


The syllabus can be found in Leganto