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EK1191 Measurement Technology 6.0 credits

The course gives knowledge of methods, equipment, software and sensors for measurement of electrical as well as other physical quantities.

About course offering

For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 programme students

Target group

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Part of programme

Degree Programme in Electrical Engineering, åk 3, Mandatory


P1 (3.0 hp), P2 (3.0 hp)


26 Aug 2024
13 Jan 2025

Pace of study


Form of study

Normal Daytime

Language of instruction


Course location

KTH Campus

Number of places

Places are not limited

Planned modular schedule


For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 programme students

Application code



For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 programme students


Kristinn Björgvin Gylfason (


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Headings with content from the Course syllabus EK1191 (Autumn 2021–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • Basic concepts of measurements: units and standards, traceability, uncertainty calculations, documentation.
  • Measurement of static and dynamic electrical quantities: sampling, discretization, aliasing, spectrum analysis.  Applications with multimeter and oscilloscopes.
  • Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC).
  • The computer in the measurement system: hardware configurations, software, virtual instruments.
  • Sensors: physical principles, common types, fabrication technologies, applications.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • describe the basic concepts of measurement technology and metrology, especially how measurement units are defined and how traceability is achieved,
  • describe how electrical noise and interference arise, how they, in simple cases, can be modelled and how they can be minimized,
  • describe the design of oscilloscopes and multimeters, and understand how their performance influences the measurement result and applicability,
  • describe how several types of AD-converters work and how this influences their sensitivity to noise in the input signal,
  • use oscilloscopes and multimeters to measure voltage, current and resistance both in the static and time-varying case,
  • use resistive sensors for measurement of temperature and strain,
  • describe modern sensor technology and how sensors based on piezoelectricity, capacitance and inductance are used,
  • describe the most common ways to build a computer-aided measurement systems,
  • describe the basic principles of spectrum analyzers and how the features of the analyzed signals in the time domain show up in the frequency domain results,
  • be able to compute the standard uncertainty and confidence interval for a combined quantity, following the recommendations of GUM, based on uncertainty information for the different kinds of  quantities contributing to the combined quantity,
  • document and report experimental results orally and in writing,
  • apply the above knowledge and abilities in problem solving and experimental work, both independently and when working in a group. 

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Completed course corresponding to EI1110 Electrical circuit analysis, extended course.

Active participation in a course offering where the final examination is not yet reported in Ladok is considered equivalent to completion of the course.

Registering for a course is counted as active participation.

The term 'final examination' encompasses both the regular examination and the first re-examination.

Recommended prerequisites

Compusory courses in the programme, especially

  • EI1110 Electrical Circuit Analysis, Extended Course
  • EI1220 Electromagnetic Theory E
  • EQ1110 Continuous Time Signals and Systems
  • EQ1120 Discrete Time Signals and Systems
  • SF1901 Probability Theory and Statistics
  • IE1207 Analog Electronics (given in parallel with EK1191, wich works well)


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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • LAB1 - Lab, 1.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • LAB2 - Lab, 1.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • LAB3 - Lab, 1.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • LAB4 - Lab, 1.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written Examination, 2.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

The grade Fx can be raised to a maximum of E via supplementary examination.

Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

Renewed examination for raising grades is allowed if space is available in exam halls.


Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study


Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

  • EK2350 Microsystem Technology
  • EK2360 Hands-On Microelectromechanical Systems Engineering
  • EK2370 Build your own Radar System, Project Course
  • EK2380 Medical Sensors


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Supplementary information

The theoretical teaching in each subsection will be concluded with a web-based test or a short written test. The problems in the exam are strongly related to the labs.

In this course, the EECS code of honor applies, see: