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Course Code: ELEN303 Course ID: 4596 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course will present important measurement techniques and instruments used in electrical engineering. The course provides an overview of the modern International System of Units (SI), including important units outside the SI standard. The course continues by introducing measurement errors, measurement uncertainty, and instrumentation limits on errors. The course introduces measurement elements such as resistors, capacitors, inductors, and laboratory voltage sources, and analog measuring instruments. The course describes compensation measurement methods and introduces AC and DC calibration techniques. Additionally, the course demonstrates the uses and testing methods of instrument transformers, operational amplifiers (op-amps), and oscilloscopes. The course describes the construction of the digital voltmeter and provides an overview of analog to digital converters. Finally, the course describes various measurement systems including the most popular sensors, signal conditioning, computer algorithms, and data acquisition hardware. NOTE: This course requires the student to purchase additional materials that are not covered by the book grant. Please refer to the Course Materials section for additional details. (Prerequisites: SCIN234 and MATH240)

Course Schedule

No Course Offerings.

Current Syllabi

After completing the course, the student should be able to accomplish these Learning Objectives (LO):

  • (LO-1) Describe the International System of Units (SI) including the seven base units and a large number of derived units.
  • (LO-2) Use the most appropriate measurement method and instrument for a particular application.
  • (LO-3) Examine a measurement system that converts a physical signal to digital data stored on a computer.
  • (LO-4 ) Design a set of basic instrumentation and computer-based data acquisition systems to acquire data from a laboratory experiment and process it using standard computer algorithms.
  • (LO-5) Analyze data acquisition and processing techniques using a standard development environment and two types of data acquisition devices.
  • (LO-6) Appraise AC and DC circuits, operational, amplifiers, computer algorithms, instrumentation, statistics, and digital representation of numbers.
  • (LO-7) Operate an oscilloscope to measure different electrical quantities.
  • (LO-8) Describe how to use op-amps to build electronic instruments and other devices.

Reading Assignments: Please refer to the Course Outline section of this syllabus for the weekly reading assignments.

Forum Assignments: The biweekly discussion forum is for students to post their questions on course content for that week. This forum should not be used to discuss specific graded material questions prior to receiving feedback from the instructor (after the material is graded). If there is a question on a specific graded question, find a similar problem in the book and ask a question on that problem or concept. Asking specific questions on graded questions creates an unfair advantage and defeats the purpose of the assessment tool.

Lab Exercises: There are sixteen laboratory exercises that must be completed in order to pass the course. Despite having completed all other requirements for the course, you must complete all of the lab exercises in order to pass the course. You must demonstrate that you are competent in using the NI ELVIS or MyDaq unit to perform the laboratories.

Exams/Quizzes There will not be any quizzes or exams for this course.

NameGrade %
Introduction Forum 1.00 %
Introduction 1.00 %
Weekly Forums (8) 24.00 %
Week 2/3 Forum 3.00 %
Week 4/5 Forum 3.00 %
Week 6/7 Forum 3.00 %
Week 8/9 Forum 3.00 %
Week 10/11 Forum 3.00 %
Week 12/13 Forum 3.00 %
Week 14/15 Forum 3.00 %
Week 16 Forum 3.00 %
Lab Assignments (8) 75.00 %
Week 1/2 Assignment - Digital Thermometer 9.38 %
Week 3/4 Assignment - AC Tools 9.38 %
Week 5/6 Assignment - Op Amp Filters 9.38 %
Week 7/8 Assignment - Digital Input/Output 9.38 %
Week 9/10 Assignment - Magnetic Field Sensors 9.38 %
Week 11/12 Assignment - LEDs 9.38 %
Week 13/14 Assignment - Optical Communications 9.38 %
Week 15/16 Assignment- RF Wireless Communications 9.38 %

Instrumentation and Measurement in Electrical Engineering, by Roman Malaric- The VitalSource e-book is provided via the APUS Bookstore.

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Additional Resources

Web Sites

In addition to the required course texts, the following public domain web sites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note web site addresses are subject to change.

Site Name- NI-ELVIS: Computer Based Instrumentation

Web Site URL/Address-

Book Title:NI ELVIS II - this item is not covered by the APUS Book Grant - purchase instructions are available here:
Publication Info:National Instruments
Author:National Instruments
Unit Cost:$2,900.00
Book Title:Instrumentation and Measurement in Electrical Engineering - e-book available in the APUS Online Library
Unit Cost:$57.45
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*
Book Title:myParts Kit from Texas Instruments - this item is not covered by the APUS Book Grant; purchase instructions are available here:
Publication Info:National Instruments
Author:National Instruments
Unit Cost:$85.44
Book Title:NI Student Software Suite - free access provided inside the classroom; if DVD is needed, purchase instructions are available here: (DVD not covered by the APUS Book Grant)
Publication Info:National Instruments
Author:National Instruments
Unit Cost:$63.00
Book Title:NI myRIO Starter Accessory Kit - this item is not covered by the APUS Book Grant; purchase instructions are available here:
Publication Info:National Instruments
Author:National Instruments
Unit Cost:$119.08
Book Title:*NOTE* The NI ELVIS III is not recommended for new purchase, but students who already own an NI ELVIS III may use it as an alternate. Additional steps will be req’d from your instructor and a power cord purchase is also req'd; power cord part# and price v
Publication Info:National Instruments

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.