Student Projects for Measurements and Instrumentation

This course covers the fundamental concepts of measurement and instrumentation. Through theory, lab assignments, and project design using NI ELVIS III, students will learn about various types of sensors and when to use them. Students will be given design requirements and will determine which sensor is best suited for the requirements. Students will learn about the different stages of taking a measurement, including signal conditioning and how to prepare the signal for processing, analog-to-digital converter and sampling characteristics, software processing and analysis techniques, and displaying the data. Upon completing this course, students will know how to take measurements of real-world phenomena, a skill that is crucial in all engineering disciplines.
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  1. Given a measurement need, students will interpret which signal characteristics need to be measured and select an appropriate sensor based on sensor specifications.
  2. Students will be able to obtain a high-quality, digitized signal from a raw sensor measurement by designing and building an appropriate signal conditioning circuit and implementing data acquisition techniques.
  3. Given an acquired data set, students will be able to program a virtual instrument to perform and present analyses, and to draw conclusions based on the analyses' findings.
  4. Given a simple measurement need for a common physical phenomenon like temperature, strain, or pressure, students will be able to design and implement an appropriate measurement system, including sensors, signal conditioning, data acquisition, data analysis, and data presentation.



Level Undergraduate
Topic Measurements and Instrumentation; Experimental Methods
Style Laboratory; Project-Based Learning
Prerequisite Skills
  • Introductory Physics
  • Basic LabVIEW Proficiency
  • Basic Breadboarding Skills


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Multisim Live

Multisim Live is an online, touch-optimized component of Multisim, so students can design and simulate their circuits anywhere, anytime, on any device.

Required Software

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  • Measurements Live - Install Instructions, Access
  • NI ELVIS III Software Bundle (2018 or later)
    • LabVIEW (Requires license)
    • LabVIEW Real-Time Module (Requires license)
    • NI ELVIS III Toolkit
  • Multisim Live - Access

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