Montana State University


EMEC360 Measurement and Instrumentation


Spring Semester 2018

See the companion D2L site for schedule, homework assignments, and homework submissions drop-boxes.

Course Instructor:

Robb Larson, Associate Professor, M&IE
Office: 306B Roberts Hall
Phone: 994-6420

Course Website:

Class Meeting Times & Locations:

EMEC 360-002
35042 Class
10:50 am-12:05 pm
REID 401

A. Wheeler & A. Ganji, Introduction to Engineering Experimentation, 3rd Edition, Pearson/Prentice Hall

{E-texts are permitted, but no E-text usage is allowed during tests.}

Catalog Entry, Co-requisites, Pre-requisites:

EMEC 360. Measurement & Instrumentation. 3 Credits. (3 Lec) F,S

PREREQUISITE: EELE 250. COREQUISITE: EGEN 350; EMEC 320 or EGEN 324; EMEC 303 or ETME 202. Theory and application of engineering measurement concepts including: temperature, pressure, displacement and flow sensing; calibration; statistical and uncertainty analysis; sampling; signal conditioning; 1st and 2nd order dynamic response; emphasis of computerized data acquisition and feedback-based actuation and control.

General Information:

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: Theory includes topics from 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. Completion of course pre-requisites and a positive, inquisitive attitude are necessary to ensure success in EMEC360. 

The 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 research. 


• Learn and understand basic Measurements and Instrumentation theory & practice

• Develop ability to specify and utilize appropriate test equipment for a given measurement application

• Set up and conduct prepared experiments, Design and conduct laboratory project experiment.

• Apply engineering math & science knowledge to solve instrumentation problems

• Utilize standard laboratory instruments to gather experimental data

• Understand capabilities and limitations of measurements & instrumentation techniques and equipment

• Utilize computerized methods for acquiring data, generating analytical solutions to problems, creating lab reports & memorandums, and displaying experimental results

• Improve team working skills through group assignments

• Maintain honesty & integrity, with adherence to assignment deadlines 

Course Format:

The EMEC360 lecture provides measurement system background & theory. Lecture material supports the co-requisite EMEC361 Laboratory course, which provides an opportunity to apply methods in a hands-on laboratory environment. 

Scheduling of EMEC360 lecture topics is coordinated with EMEC361 lab exercises to provide timely delivery of subject matter. 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 discussed in lecture and emphasized in the laboratory, as is the accurate acquisition, handling and processing of gathered data. There is a significant communication emphasis in the  course, and all experimental results 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. Grade breakdown is as follows:

Homework, Quizzes: 15%

Mid-Term Exams: 2 @ 25% = 50%

Final Exam: 35%

In general the traditional Grade Ranges will be used. 

A: 90 – 100% 
B: 80 – 90% 
C: 70 – 80% 
D: 60 – 70%

Final grade percentage to achieve specific letter grades may be adjusted based on overall class performance. Plus/minus grading may be used at the discretion of the instructor. Inappropriate conduct, late arrival to lecture, cheating or plagiarism may affect the final grade.

Academic Integrity Expectations

Professional, courteous behavior is expected of students in this course. The best learning environment is in a low-stress and collegial atmosphere where students and instructor are respectful of each other, with a shared focus on learning. Let’s keep it that way! Consistent late arrival to class or disruptive behaviors will not be tolerated. 

One of the most important values of an academic community is the balance between the free flow of ideas and the respect for the intellectual property of others. Researchers do not use one another's research without permission; scholars and students always use proper citations in papers; professors may not circulate or publish student papers without the writer's permission; and students may not circulate or post materials (handouts, exams, syllabi --any class materials) from their classes unless they have received prior written permission of the instructor.  Any test, paper or report submitted by you and that bears your name is presumed to be your own original work that has not previously been submitted for credit in another course unless you obtain prior written approval to do so from your instructor. In all of your assignments, including your homework or drafts of papers, you may use words or ideas written by other individuals in publications, web sites, or other sources, but only with proper attribution. If you are not clear about academic integrity expectations for completing an assignment or taking a test or examination, be sure to seek clarification from your instructor or teaching assistant (TA) beforehand.


Plagiarism definition:  “To steal and pass off the ideas or words of another as one's own.”  Indeed, any sentences or paragraph taken verbatim from the writing of (or interviews with) any other person or persons, or from your own writing that has been published or submitted elsewhere, must be placed in quotation marks and their source must be clearly identified.

Changing the wording of a sentence or passage slightly does not evade the requirement for citation. More generally, whenever you are drawing an important argument or insight from someone else, even if you reword it into your own words, a reference to the source is required.

If you have any questions about using and citing sources, you are expected to ask for clarification. For further details, please see the Statement on Academic Writing and Student Responsibility:

Student Conduct Code

Section 420 of the Student Conduct Code ( describes academic misconduct as including but not limited to plagiarism, cheating, multiple submissions, or facilitating others’ misconduct. Possible sanctions for academic misconduct range from an oral reprimand to expulsion from the university.

Section 430 of the Student Conduct Code ( allows the instructor to impose the following sanctions for academic misconduct: oral reprimand; written reprimand; an assignment to repeat the work or an alternate assignment; a lower or failing grade on the particular assignment or test; or a lower grade or failing grade in the course. More serious sanctions require a Conduct Board hearing.

Cell Phones

The use of cell-phones during class time is not permitted; please mute or turn off your phones during lecture. Absolutely NO CELL PHONE USAGE is permitted during exams.

Board of Regents C- Policy

It is important that students understand the Montana Board of Regents “C-“ Grade Policy which is presented on-line at

Students with Disabilities:

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. In all cases, any accommodation must be arranged for PRIOR to implementation. A one-week notice is requested.