4 ECTS credits
110 h study time

Offer 1 with catalog number 4011256FNR for all students in the 1st semester at a (F) Master - specialised level.

1st semester
Enrollment based on exam contract
Grading method
Grading (scale from 0 to 20)
Can retake in second session
Taught in
Faculty of Engineering
Educational team
Yves ROLAIN (course titular)
Activities and contact hours
30 contact hours Lecture
12 contact hours Seminar, Exercises or Practicals
Course Content


This course discusses some topics in industrial measurement setups and systems. The course concentrates on a general perspective over the field. A selection of the topics can be found below

  • The role of metrology in innovation and in society.
  • Definitions of measurements. Metrology and the meter convention. Role of electrical measurements and overview of their building blocks.
  • Computer controlled measurement systems: evolution and advantages of automated systems in industrial measurements and control
  • Interfaces: electrical lines and interface busses and their most important properties.
  • Interface standards for computer controlled systems: EIA232, IEEE488.
  • Instrumentation controllers and controller software, Software frameworks for instrument control.
  • Industrial control via PLC.
  • Industrial systems based on Ethernet, Hart, DeviceNet, CAN, Fieldbus and PROFIBUS.
Course material
Digital course material (Required) : Presentaties in PowerPoint en de handouts worden beschikbaar gesteld
Additional info

Course notes are available for this course, partly as a course textbook, and partly as a set of slides..

Learning Outcomes

General competencies

The student is capable to:

  • Understand and explain a communication standard that is similar to the ones discussed during the course
  • Understand, explain and design a simple instrumentation control software
  • Understand, explain and design a simple PLC steering
  • Understand and explain the key aspects of metrology discussed in the course



The final grade is composed based on the following categories:
Other Exam determines 100% of the final mark.

Within the Other Exam category, the following assignments need to be completed:

  • Oral exam open book with a relative weight of 1 which comprises 100% of the final mark.

    Note: Open book.

Additional info regarding evaluation

The theory course evaluation consists in an open book oral exam, where the candidate will have to discuss a practical problem using the notes

The labs consist of a project in instrumentation control..


Academic context

This offer is part of the following study plans:
Master of Electronics and Information Technology Engineering: Standaard traject (only offered in Dutch)