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Instrumentation Systems ELE380

Introduction to instrumentation of engineering systems, with emphasis on control systems. A selection of sensors and actuators is presented, as well as how to use, control and interface these in a modern engineering context.

Course description for study year 2021-2022

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Language of instruction

English, Norwegian

Learning outcome


  • A selection of sensors and actuators and the most important physical principles and modes of operation.
  • Fundamental metrology (measurement science).
  • Relevant signal processing and system theory.


  • Be able to identify suitable sensors and actuators.
  • Be able to account for instrument principles and limitations.
  • Be able to plan and describe a system of instruments.
  • Be able to convert, process, transfer and record signals.
  • Be able to present signals and measurements.

General competence:

  • Understand how to plan and describe a system.
  • Language usage and terminology related to metrology, measuring technology, instrumentation and systems.
  • Physical principles for sensors and actuators.
  • Static and dynamic, linear and non-linear transfer characteristics.
  • Conversion and processing of sensor and actuator signals.
  • Instrument interfacing and transmission and recording of signals.
  • Presentation of measurements and signals.
  • Common sources of noise and error.
  • Fundamental metrology (SI system, uncertainty, statistics and calibration).
  • Block diagrams, description and planning of systems.
Required prerequisite knowledge
ELE100 Electrical Engineering 1, MAT100 Mathematical Methods 1
Recommended prerequisites
ING100 Introductory course for engineers - Computer science and electrical engineering, STA100 Probability and Statistics 1

Written exam and project report

Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam 6/10 4 Hours A - F All
Project report 4/10 A - F

Project report from group work will count 40% of the final grade.Digital written school examination (4 hours) will count 60% of the final grade. All printed and handwritten support material is allowed. A specific basic calculator is allowed.Both the group work and exam must be passed in order to obtain a final grade in the course. Candidates who are unsuccessful in passing the group work component are required to submit another project report, during the next iteration of the course.

Coursework requirements
Compulsory Lab. work , Compulsory theoretical exercises
  • 3 laboratory assignments (2 of  must be approved to access final exam).
  • 6 theoretical assignments (3 of 5 must be approved to access final exam. One is optional).

Compulsory work requirements (theoretical and laboratory exercises) must be approved by the instructor before given deadlines (stated during the semester). All compulsory work must be completed and approved within 3 weeks before the exam.

Laboratory assignments must be completed at the times published and in the groups that are assigned and published via the learning management system. Absence due to illness or for other reasons must be reported as soon as possible to the instructor or laboratory supervisor. One cannot expect that provisions for completion of the assignments at other times are made unless alternative arrangements have been agreed upon.

Approval of the compulsory work requirements is a prerequisite for access to the final exam.

Course teacher(s)
Course coordinator: Arnfinn Aas Eielsen
Laboratory Engineer: Didrik Efjestad Fjereide
Coordinator laboratory exercises: Jon Fidjeland
Method of work
3 hours for lectures, 2 hours for tutorials every week on average. In addition comes laboratory work (4 hours per week over the course of 3 weeks) and work related to the project assignment.
Open for
Industrial Automation and Signal Processing - Master's Degree Programme - 5 year
Course assessment
Usually by questionnaire and/or orally in accordance with current guidelines.
Overlapping courses
Course Reduction (SP)
Instrumentation (ELE220) 10
The syllabus can be found in Leganto