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Basics of Engineering Measurements

King Saud University AGE 2340

College of Engineering Level 5
Muzahimiyah Branch 2(1,1,2)
First Semester 2016 (1437)

Basics of Engineering Measurements
Engineering Probability and Statistics 3(3,1,0)

Instructor :
Dr. Rihem FARKH and Dr. Nasser Shelil
Website: http://fac.ksu.edu.sa/rfarkh
Email: rfarkh@ksu.edu.sa & nshelil@ksu.edu.sa

Measuring concepts; Engineering fundamentals: Engineering Problems and Fundamental Dimensions; System of
Units and Unit Conversion. Types of instruments and measurand. Some basics about statistics and probability;
Different data distributions; Errors in measurement; Data collection and analysis; Uncertainty analysis of data;
Evaluation of bias and precision uncertainty; Propagation of uncertainty; Graphical presentation of data using
Excel.; Analog and digital signals analysis, Presentation of analog signals; Mean and RMS value of signals;
Sampling of analog signals and associated errors; Digital signals; D/A and

A/D converters. Instrumentation specifications; Basic components of electrical and mechanical measurement
system; Response of measurement system: Concept of order of measurement system; Time response of
measurement system Measurement of length; time; mass; force, electric current; resistances; pressure;
temperature; energy and power. Laboratory experiments both on mechanical and electromechanical measuring
systems. Emphasis is on measurement of uncertainty and calibration of sensors

Develop experimental skills in basic engineering measurement methods.
Develop proficiency in the area of electromechanical instrumentation and data acquisition systems.
Plan and Execute an experiment based on uncertainty analysis.
Participate as a group report writing.
Use Internet search for selecting specific sensor dynamic characteristic.
Use Matlab and/or Excel to plot graphs and signal manipulation.


Topics week Hours Quiz

Introduction and Basic Concepts. 1 1
Introduction to statistics 1 1
Uncertainty Analysis 1 1 1

Basics of Engineering Measurements
King Saud University AGE 2340
College of Engineering Level 5
Muzahimiyah Branch 2(1,1,2)
First Semester 2016 (1437)

Static and Dynamic Characteristics of Signals 1 1

Measurement System Behavior 1 1
Electrical Devices and Sensors 2 2 1
Measurement of Length, Time and Mass 1 1
Temperature Measurements 1 1
Pressure and velocity Measurements 2 2 1
Flow Measurement 1 1
Strain and Force Measurements 1 1
Power energy 1 1 1

Learning Resources

1. Required Text(s)
Figliola,R. and Beasley,D. Theory and Design of Mechanical Measurements 3rd edition, J.
Wiley, 2005.
2. Essential References
Bechwith,T., Marangoni,R. and Lienhard V, J. Mechanical Measurements 5th edition,
Addison Wesley. 1995

Grading policy
Mid-term exam 1 10 %
Mid-term exam 2 10 %
Homework assignment 05 %
Quizzes 15 %
Lab reports 20 %
Final exam 40 %

Total 100%

General Rules:

1- Course materials including lecture notes, presentations, assignments, etc. will be posted
regularly on the University Learning Management System (LMS) portal at
2- In addition to the study material posted online and recommended textbook, the students
are also required to consult the other suggested references/sources on a regular basis.

Basics of Engineering Measurements
King Saud University AGE 2340
College of Engineering Level 5
Muzahimiyah Branch 2(1,1,2)
First Semester 2016 (1437)

3- Students are required to regularly check their University emails and the online Learning
System (LMS) for course announcements and assignments.
4- Use of mobile phones or other electronic devices is not allowed during class. Unless
permitted by the instructor, all such electronic devices must be switched off or put on
silence during class.
5- Students are strongly encouraged to ask questions during lessons when prompted to do so
by the instructor. If further clarification is needed, the students could consult the instructor
during his assigned office hours.
6- Where applicable, formulas will be provided in the exams. However, students are required
to understand them, recognise their relevance and know how to apply them.
7- Transparency, honesty and trustworthiness are expected to be upheld by both staff and
students at all times.


1- Punctual attendance of all classes is crucial for achieving the objectives and learning
outcomes of this course. The correlation between attendance and performance is well
2- Attendance is compulsory for all classes including lectures, tutorials and laboratories.
3- All students are required to arrive at least 5 minutes before the start of class. Classes will
start promptly on time.
4- Any student who arrives after 10 minutes from the start of class will be considered
5- Any student whose overall attendance in a particular course is below 75% will not be
allowed to sit the final exam for that course.
6- Absence from tutorials will be included in the overall attendance record.