Course details

Personal Computers in Measurement

IPMT Acad. year 2010/2011 Winter semester 6 credits

Current academic year

Basic application PC in measurement. Virtual instrumentation. Separation SW. SW for postprocessing, planning, construction and simulation. Summary of world firm SW producers. Statistics and presentation sw. LabWindows, VEE and LabVIEW systems. Hardware, measurement cards for PC.


Čejka Miloslav, Ing., CSc. (UAMT FEEC BUT)

Language of instruction



Credit+Examination (oral)

Time span

26 hrs lectures, 39 hrs laboratories

Assessment points

70 exam, 30 half-term test


Subject specific learning outcomes and competences

Competence for work with measurement systems and ability to participate in their design.

Learning objectives

To be familiar with application of personal computers in measurement. To get knowledge about commercial software for planning and realization of experiments, selecting SW and HW. Training on development version SW, work with real instruments.

Prerequisite kwnowledge and skills

PC usage and basic knowledge about electrical engineering.

Study literature

  • Čejka, M.: Stručný obsah přednášek předmětu PMT, soubory na disku (in Czech).
  • Čejka, M.: LabWINDOWS, soubory na disku 9in Czech).
  • Čejka, M.: LabVIEW, soubory na disku (in Czech).
  • Server:,

Syllabus of lectures

  1. Introduction, basic application for on-line, off-line.
  2. SW separation, examples.
  3. SW for measurement instrument construct.
  4. Statistical and visualization sw. HiQ (NI).
  5. LabWindows: Structure, language, libraries. Formatting and I/O library.
  6. LabWindows: Advanced Analysis library, user interface.
  7. Basic principles for communication PC with measurement instruments. RS..., GPIB, VXI.
  8. Plugg-in PC card for measurement.
  9. LabWindows: Instrument library creation.
  10. LabWindows: Data Acqusition, GPIB and RS232 libraries, toolsets.
  11. LabVIEW: Basic development environment, programs, libraries.
  12. LabVIEW: Tool sets, basic examples of programming technic.
  13. Distributed measurement systems, computer network.

Syllabus of laboratory exercises

  • Self work: unlinear characteritic meter with GPIB.
  • Self work: callibration system with GPIB.
  • Self work: scope and spectral analyzer on PC card PC-LPM-16.
  • Self work: Frequency characteristic meter with GPIB.

Syllabus of computer exercises

  • Introduction.
  • Sinple SW for basic application.
  • SW from Hewlett-Packard, VEE.
  • SW for HW projects EAGLE, SW TestPoint.
  • LabWindows Basic development environment, libraries, user interface.
  • LabWindows off-line basic examples.
  • LabVIEW Basic development environment, libraries, user interface.
  • LabVIEW off-line basic examples.
  • Written test.

Progress assessment

Mid-term examination, living project.

Controlled instruction

Active participation on practice, written test, self work presentation on PC.

Exam prerequisites

Active participation on practice, written test, self work presentation on PC.

Course inclusion in study plans

  • Programme IT-BC-3, field BIT, any year of study, Elective
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