Summer Semester 2014
Instructor: Robb Larson, Associate Professor, M&IE
Office: 306B Roberts Hall
Class Meeting Times & Locations:
compressed summer 1/2 session has a unique lecture/laboratory/lecture
schedule during two consecutive days a week for six weeks, as follows:
Lecture: 11:15 AM - 12:20 PM, Tuesday & Wednesday, Roberts Hall room 102
Laboratory: 12:30 PM - 14:40 PM, Tuesday & Wednesday, EPS8F
Lecture: 14:50 PM - 15:55 PM, Tuesday & Wednesday, Roberts Hall room 102
A. Wheeler & A. Ganji, Introduction to Engineering Experimentation, 3rd Edition, Pearson/Prentice Hall
ETME 360 MEASUREMENTS AND INSTRUMENTATION APPLICATIONS
S 3 cr. LEC 2 LAB 1
PREREQUISITE: EELE 250, or equivalent.
COREQUISITE: EGEN 350, EGEN 324
-- Theory and application of engineering technology measurement
concepts including function and operation of transducers; temperature,
pressure, displacement and flow sensing; sensor system calibration;
statistical and uncertainty analysis; sampling theory fundamentals;
signal conditioning; 1st order response; emphasis on applications
involving computerized acquisition of data.
Measurement and Instrumentation techniques are among the most
important tools used by Engineers and Scientists. Experimental
methods and the proper use of various types of measurement systems
provide the basis for the design, evaluation and control of many
engineering components and systems. An engineering test is often
the only substitute for analysis of new designs in cases where a purely
analytical approach would be difficult, inaccurate or impossible.
Even in cases where analysis provides a starting point for
evaluation, standard engineering practice includes validation testing -
e.g. using measurement and instrumentation techniques - to confirm
engineering analysis results. Thus, a good working knowledge of this
area of study is critical to effective engineering implementation.
This area of study is multi-disciplinary in nature: The theory
considered can involve solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, dynamics,
mathematics, electronics, material science and other engineering
subjects. Mathematical derivations often utilize calculus, but many
course calculations can be reduced to algebraic expressions that must
be correctly applied to derive accurate results. Adherence to all
course pre-requisites and a positive, inquisitive attitude are
necessary to ensure success in ETME360.
objective of this course is to give students baseline knowledge of
measurements & instrumentation theory and practice, in order to
support their present and future needs in engineering testing and
- Learn basic measurements and instrumentation theory & practice
- Understand common measurement applications and be able to specify appropriate test equipment
- Develop useful instrumentation and measurement laboratory skills
- Set up and conduct prepared experiments
- Design and conduct (final) laboratory project experiment.
- Apply engineering math & science knowledge to instrumentation-specific homework & test problems
- Analyze and interpret data gathered during weekly lab exercises and final laboratory project experiment
- Utilize computer applications to gather, interpret & present experimental data
- Create awareness of capabilities and limitations of measurements & instrumentation in engineering
- Utilize standard laboratory instruments (oscilloscopes, voltmeters, etc.) for gathering experimental data
- Utilize graphing and plotting programs to develop graphical results
- Utilize solver programs for generating analytical solutions to lab exercises and homework problems
- Utilize word processing programs for creating lab reports & memorandums
- Utilize data acquisition software for gathering experimental results
- Improve ability to utilize the computer to solve engineering problems
- Improve team working skills through group assignments
- Maintain level of honesty and integrity, and adherence to assignment deadlines
- Improve written and oral communication skills through lab project written reports
Course Format: Labs & Lecture
During the compressed summer 1/2
session, ETME360 has a unique lecture/laboratory/lecture schedule. The course will meet on two
consecutive days a week for six weeks,
starting the week of June 23rd and finishing up the week of July 28th.
The lecture portion of this course provides measurement system
background & theory, and the lab provides an opportunity to apply
methods in a hands-on laboratory environment. Scheduling of lecture
topics is coordinated with lab exercises to provide "just in time"
delivery of subject
matter. The summer scheduling may provide opportunities for in-depth hands-on applications.
A good cross-section of commonly used transducers and representative manual and
computerized data acquisition and measurement techniques will be
discussed in lecture and utilized in laboratory exercises.
Proper instrument usage is emphasized in the laboratory, as is the proper acquisition, handling and
processing of gathered data. There is a significant communication
emphasis since all experimental results
are documented in formal laboratory reports.
Assessments and Evaluation:
Reading assignments and homework problems from the text will be announced weekly. Solutions will be discussed after problems
have been collected. Quizzes may be given on topics covered in lecture
and homework. Lecture-based grades (homework, quizzes and tests) will
account for 50% of the course grade,
and Lab-based grades will account for the remaining 50%. Note that proper execution of each laboratory
exercise requires application of topics from lecture. Grade breakdown is as follows:
Lab activities and reports = 40%
Homework = 15%
Lab Final = 10%
Mid-term exams: 2 @ 10% = 20%
| (Total lab grade = 50 % of course grade.)
|| Final written Exam 15%
Exam dates will be announced at least one week before the exam. Examinations missed due to
unexcused absences cannot be made up except in highly unusual cases. If you know in advance that
you must miss any exam, let me know PRIOR to the week of the exam and I will discuss options with
you. All instructors are directed to administer final exams at the time scheduled by the registrar. See the
official schedule of classes for final exam times.
Point totals required to receive a particular letter grade will utilize the traditional scale:
A: 90 – 100%
B: 80 – 90%
C: 70 – 80%
D: 60 – 70%
Plus and minus grading will be used at the discretion of the instructor. A curve may be applied to
assignments to account for nconsistency in performance of students or instructor. Inappropriate conduct,
late arrival to lecture, cheating or plagiarism will affect the final grade.
It is important that students understand MSU's C- Grade Policy which is presented on-line at http://www.montana.edu/wwwcat/academic/acad6.html .
Lab Format, Rules and Preparation:
Labs meet twice weekly per the semester Laboratory schedule. Electronic Laboratory Handouts describing
each lab exercise will be posted prior to each lab exercise. Each student is responsible for preparation
prior to the beginning of the lab period. Some lab exercises will require that pre-lab calculations be
prepared: If assigned, these calculations will be collected at the
beginning of the lab period, and will constitute 10% of that lab
exercise grade. Preparation always includes review of any handouts and
references, preparation of a group data sheet, etc.
Labs will be performed either on an individual bases, or the lab
section may be divided into groups of 2-3 students for some lab
experiments. The labs generally involve setting up apparatus and
gathering data in a cooperative group effort. For most labs, data can
be obtained well within the ~two hour lab period. Once all required
data is acquired, students may leave the lab. Lab reports are to be
written as a group effort, by the original members of the laboratory
team. Each group member is responsible for contributing to lab report
sections including memorandum, presentation of results, sample
calculations, graphs, etc. Memorandums and all report sections are to
be credited to the individual (or
persons) who authored that section using footnotes. Lab reports are to
be considered the property of the authoring group, and are not to be
copied, transcribed, plagiarized, etc. If plagiarism is discovered, a
zero grade will result for each instance, and students may be subject
to University-level disciplinary action.
Laboratory reports are due one week following execution of the
experiment. Graded reports will be vailable one week later. All
contributing group members (as identified clearly in the report) will
receive the same grade. No Late reports will be accepted unless prior
arrangements have been made. Lab reports should conform to the attached
Report Format Guidelines.
Student Conduct, Students with Disabilities:
Professional, courteous behavior is expected of students in this course. The best learning environment is
found in a low-stress atmosphere where students and instructor are respectful of each other, with a
focus on learning. Lets keep it that way!
Consistent late arrival to class or disruptive behaviors will not be
tolerated. The use of cell-phones during class time is not permitted;
please mute your phones during lecture.
All students are encouraged to review MSU's student conduct policy, as linked above. If you have a
documented disability for which you are or may be requesting accommodation, you are encouraged to
contact your instructor and Disabled Student Services as soon as possible.
Come to the laboratory dressed for work! That means no open toe shoes,
sandals, or bare feet. As a professional engineer or scientist, laboratory safety
will be one of your primary responsibilities; practice it now. Failure
to demonstrate standard laboratory safety protocols can directly impair
your lab performance and your final grade. Additional safety measures
for the laboratory and group projects will be detailed during the lab
sections and may include dealing with hazards such as hot or cold
(cryogenic) objects, high pressures, large forces, etc. BE ON YOUR
GUARD FOR HAZARDS!