2020 Engineering Measurement

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Academic unit or major
Undergraduate major in Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering
Akita Daisuke  Takada Jun-Ichi  Takahashi Kunio  Nakasaki Kiyohiko  Iio Shunji  Hayashizaki Noriyosu    Hemthavy Pasomphone  Andrews Eden Mariquit  Mehrdad Sadeghzadeh Nazari NAZARI MEHRDAD 
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Lecture    (ZOOM)
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Mon1-2(S513)  Thr1-2(S513)  
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Course description and aims

It is essential to measure things accurately and to understand their engineering characteristics for successful use. This course focuses on understanding the fundamental principles in the measurement of physical quantities which are important in engineering, and covers basic electric and electronic circuits and applied analytical instruments. Additionally, this course allows students to understand the preconditions for measurements, differences between theory and reality, accuracy and error, and the relation between measurement and design.
This is an introductory course to understand the importance of other courses in the Department of Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering.

Student learning outcomes

Students will be able to understand the concepts of accuracy, error, noise, standard, uncertainty, and the measurement principles of physical quantities and analytical instruments in this course, so that they can acquire the ability to understand the real meaning of measurement results. This course does not however include proficiency in the operation of measurement instruments.


Measurement, Accuracy, Error, Electric and Electronic Circuit, Analysis

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

The class will be taught by two instructors

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction and Error Theory (Noise, Accuracy・Resolution, Standard, Uncertainty) Explain the error theory.
Class 2 Position, Displacement, Distance, Velocity, Acceleration Explain the measurement principle of position, displacement, distance, velocity, acceleration.
Class 3 Mass, Force, Pressure, Fluid Explain the measurement principle of mass, force, pressure, fluid.
Class 4 Strong Ground Motions Explain the measurement principles, tools and methods of earthquakes and seismic waves.
Class 5 Operational Amplifier and Counter Circuit Explain the operational amplifier and the counter circuit.
Class 6 Current, Voltage, High-Frequency Wave Explain the measurement principle of current, voltage, high-frequency wave.
Class 7 Electric Field, Magnetic Field, Light and Electromagnetic Wave Explain the measurement principle of electric field, magnetic field, light and electromagnetic wave.
Class 8 Power and Energy Measurement Explain the concepts and application of power and energy measurement.
Class 9 Radiation Measurement Describe the concept of radiation and identify how radiation measurements are used for different applications.
Class 10 Shape and Surface Profile Measurement Describe the working principles of the optical microscope, scanning probe microscope, surface roughness meter, scanning electron microscope (SEM), transmission electron microscope (TEM). Identify applications of these analysis methods in the real world.
Class 11 Elemental Analysis 1 Explain the principles involved in the operation of EPMA EDS, XPS, and AES. Identify practical applications of the measurement methods.
Class 12 Elemental Analysis 2 Explain the principles involved in X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD), electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD).
Class 13 Chemical Analysis Explain the operating principles of Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), inductively coupled plasma (ICP), and gas chromatography–mass spectrometry (GC-MS).
Class 14 Thermal Analysis Explain the concepts and application of thermal gravimetry analysis (TG-DTA).

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


Text book specified by each instructor.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Instructors will provide a handout.

Assessment criteria and methods

Achievement of student learning outcome will be evaluated with results of exercises, mid-term and final exams.

Related courses

  • TSE.M204 : Statistics and Data Analysis
  • TSE.A351 : Transdisciplinary Engineering Experiment A
  • TSE.A352 : Transdisciplinary Engineering Experiment B
  • TSE.A203 : Electrical Engineering
  • TSE.M201 : Ordinary Differential Equations and Physical Phenomena
  • TSE.M203 : Theory of Linear System
  • TSE.A202 : Solid Mechanics and Structure Engineering
  • TSE.A205 : Fluid Engineering
  • TSE.A201 : Material and Molecular Engineering
  • TSE.A204 : Chemical Reaction Engineering

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

No prerequisites.

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