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TC S361
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Instrumentation and Testing Techniques
Start Date
Course Level Length in Terms Credits
Fees ($)
(including lab fees)
Future Terms
Aut 2017
Higher 1 term 5
Aut 2018, Aut 2019

Course Coordinator: Ir Dr S L Mak, BEng (Hons), MSc (CityU); MEC (OUHK); DEng; CEng; MIET; FIMechE; FInstMC; RPE; MHKIE; MIEEE; FHKAAST, CTP

Course Developer: Mr. MAK Shu Lun; Mr. Kevin CHAN Yat Wing

This course is one of the core courses of the BSc and BSc (Hons) in Product Design, Testing and Certification programme. This course is recommended to students who want to learn advanced instrumentation and testing techniques for use in product testing and certification.

Advisory prerequisite(s)
There are no prerequisites for the course.

This course aims to provide students with:

  • Comprehensive knowledge of instrumentation and testing techniques;

  • The ability to select appropriate transducers and measuring instruments for a given test requirement; and

  • The technical background they need to design appropriate test methods and systems.

The course covers the following topics:

  • Fundamentals of instrumentation techniques

  • Transducers: Principles and applications

  • Measuring instruments for the testing and certification industry

  • Testing and experimentation: Method development, validation and vertification

  • Automatic testing equipment (ATE)

Learning support
There will be five tutorials and six surgeries, each lasting two hours. All of the tutorials and surgeries will be conducted in classrooms. Some seminars may also be introduced. There will be two practical sessions (day school) in TC S361. Each session lasts for three hours and students are required to attend at least one of these. Students will work in teams to complete various assigned tasks. If students do not attend at least one of these, then they will fail the course (even if they passed both the continuous assessment and the examination).

There will be two tutor-marked assignments and a written final examination.

Online requirement
This course is supported by the Online Learning Environment (OLE). You can find the latest course information from the OLE. Through the OLE, you can communicate electronically with your tutor and the Course Coordinator as well as other students. To access the OLE, you will need to have access to the Internet. The use of the OLE is required for the study of this course. All tutorials and surgeries will be video-recorded and available for playback from the OLE.

Students will need access to a computer system suitable for connecting to the Internet. The recommended minimum computing requirements are:

  • Pentium IV CPU

  • SVGA display card and monitor

  • 1 GB RAM

  • 500 MB free hard disk space

  • Broadband Internet access

  • Keyboard and mouse

Students will need access to a computer with Microsoft Windows XP or newer and an Internet browser.

Set book(s)
To be announced.