autumn 2020
FYS-2008 Measurement techniques - 10 ECTS

Last changed 11.08.2021

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June for the autumn semester and 1 December for the spring semester. Applicants from outside the Nordic countries: 1 October for the spring semester and 15 April for the autumn semester

Type of course

The course is available as a singular course. The course is also available to exchange students and Fulbright students.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements are generell studiekompetanse + SIVING. Local admission, application code 9391 - singular courses in engineering sciences.

Course overlap

FYS-290 Measurement techniques, general principles 9 stp

Course content

The course focuses on the physical and technological understanding of measurement systems and techniques. The course covers the general structure of measuring systems including the following basic components contained in most designs: sensor elements, signal conditioning elements, signal processing elements, and data presentation elements. Besides the general structure and applications of measurement systems, the course includes theory for analyzing properties of static and dynamic setups. Statistical methods relevant for describing uncertainties (bias and fluctuations) in measurement systems are also covered. Exercises focused on design and evaluation of performance will be emphasized.

Recommended prerequisites

AUT-2006 Electronics, MAT-1001 Calculus 1

Objectives of the course

Knowledge - The student can:

  • understand the various components of measurement systems
  • describe the design and implementation stages of measurement systems
  • identify the physical principle behind a range of sensor elements
  • explain measurement principles as well as transmission, processing and presentation of data

Skills - The student can:

  • analyze and quantify the performance of measurement systems
  • derive the main equations describing static and dynamic behavior and response of measurement systems
  • understand the concept of sensor elements

General expertise - The student can:

  • understanding the physical principles of sensors and measurement systems
  • understand technological applications of measurement systems and the implementation of these

Language of instruction

The language of instruction is English and all of the syllabus material is in English. Examination questions will be given in English, but may be answered either in English or a Scandinavian language.

Teaching methods

Lectures: 40 hours Exercises: 20 hours Laboratory exercises: 20 hours


Portfolio assessment of a take-home examination counting about 20% and a final 4 hour written examination counting about 80%. All components in the portfolio must be delivered and one combined grade is given.

Assessment scale: Letter grades A-F. A is the highets grade and F is failed.

Re-sit examination: There will not be arranged a re-sit exam for this course.

Postponed examination (sections 17 and 21): Students with valid grounds for absence will be offered a postponed examination. Postponed take-home examination is arranged during the semester if possible, otherwise early in the following semester. Postponed written examination is held early in the following semester. See indicated sections in Regulations for examinations at the UiT The arctic university of Norway for more information.

  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 10
  • Course code: FYS-2008