2019-2020 / ELEC0054-1

Application of electrical measurement systems


30h Th, 10h Pr, 20h Labo.

Number of credits

 Master of Science (MSc) in Biomedical Engineering5 crédits 
 Master of Science (MSc) in Electrical Engineering5 crédits 


Philippe Vanderbemden

Language(s) of instruction

English language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

Interference problems : normal mode and common-mode voltages, ground loops, bridge circuits. Connection theory: earthing, guarding and shielding. Advanced measurement circuits using operational amplifiers and instrumentation amplifiers. Noise and noise rejection. Low voltage measurements and applications. Low current measurements and applications. Practical limitations of digital multimeters and data acquisition systems. Electrical characterisation of materials used in electrical engineering : conducting, semiconducting, dielectric and insulating materials. High voltage measurements. Magnetic measurement methods.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of theoretical and practical considerations involved in precision electrical measurements
  • understand how various materials are used in electrical engineering and how to characterise them;
  • demonstrate practical skills as well as the ability to carry out successful measurements of low-level signals
  • minimize interference phenomena observed in high-sensitivity electrical measurements.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

ELEC0052-2 : Analyse et conception des systèmes de mesures électriques.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Practical courses involve mandatory laboratory experiments and exercices

Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning)

Theoretical part (30 hours) : 1st quadrimester. Practical courses (20 hours, including preparation) : schedule to be discussed, depending on the measurement lab vacancies. Practical course include 3 half-days in the laboratory. These laboratory sessions are mandatory.

Recommended or required readings

A copy of the slides will be given at the first lecture.

Assessment methods and criteria

Written exam (practical part and theoretical part) - weight: 85% of the final mark Throughout the year : laboratory reports. - weight: 15% of the final mark
Each of the laboratory sessions is mandatory and should be prepared in advance by reading carefully the corresponding section of the "laboratory" files.
Students who have not attended all laboratory sessions are not eligible for the exam; this rule applies both for 1st sitting (January) and for 2nd sitting (August - September).

Work placement(s)

Organizational remarks


Philippe Vanderbemden Tel : 04 366 26 70 Philippe.Vanderbemden@uliege.be