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INTRODUCTION TO METROLOGY

Course Code: 
PHYS 303
Semester: 
Fall
Course Type: 
Core
P: 
3
Lab: 
0
Laboratuvar Saati: 
0
Credits: 
3
ECTS: 
6
Course Language: 
English
Course Objectives: 
To provide students with knowledge of measurement science in national level and industrial level in preparation for a career in this field.
Course Content: 

Historical development of the SI system, impact and future requirements of metrology, introduction to mass metrology, introduction to length metrology, introduction to electrical metrology, measurement quality, introduction to temperature metrology, uncertainty calculations, introduction to time and frequency metrology, international metrology structure, introduction to the mole.

Course Methodology: 
1: Lecture, 2: Question-Answer, 3: Discussion, 12: Case Study
Course Evaluation Methods: 
A: Testing, C: Homework

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Course Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Teaching Methods

Assessment Methods

1) To understand the value of the ‘quality’ of a measurement

1,2,12

A,C

2)To appreciate that the SI system has taken centuries to develop

1,3

A,C

3) To appreciate and learn how metrology is practised across the physical, engineering, chemical and biological fields.

1,3,12

A,C

4) To develop an understanding of what uncertainty is and how it can be calculated

1,12

A,C

5) To learn how to construct an uncertainty budget and differentiate between type A and B uncertainties

1,12

A,C

6) To appreciate and gain knowledge about the international and national metrology structure 

1,12

A,C

7) To appreciate that scientific metrology is dynamic and strongly linked with technological advances

1,2,3

A,C

8) To appreciate that SI base quantities have nearly all been replaced with definitions from fundamental constants, except mass.

1

A,C

 
 

Course Flow

Week

Topics

Study Materials

1

Overview of the SI

Mass metrology: the kilogram

 

2

SI continued: derived units

Length: the metre

 

3

Units, symbols, dimensional analysis

Q&A session

 

4

Case studies: a look into applications of metrology.

Student presentations and discussion.

 

5

Electrical units: ampère

Electrical units: Volt, ohm

 

6

Measurement quality

 

7

Continue and discuss

Revision

Q&A session

 

8

Temperature: kelvin

 

9

Uncertainties and error 

 

10

Time and frequency: second and hertz

 

11

Uncertainty evaluation case studies

 

12

International structure and standardisation bodies 1

 

13

International structure and standardisation bodies 2

 

14

Amount of substance; the mole

 
 
 

Recommended Sources

Textbook

Basic Metrology for ISO 4000, G.M.S Da Silva

Additional Resources

PHYS303 Optics Course handbook, R. Rusby, Evolving Needs for Metrology in Trade, industry and Society and the role of BIPM, The SI brochure by BIPM (www.bipm.org)

 
 

Material Sharing

Documents

PHYS303 Optics Course handbook, R. Rusby

Assignments

Case studies, presentations

Exams

Two mid-term exams and one final

 
 

Assessment

IN-TERM STUDIES

NUMBER

PERCENTAGE

Mid-terms

1

25

Lab practicals

6

20

Assignment

4

5

Total

 

50

CONTRIBUTION OF FINAL EXAMINATION TO OVERALL GRADE

 

50

CONTRIBUTION OF IN-TERM STUDIES TO OVERALL GRADE

 

50

Total

 

100

 
 

Course’s Contribution to Program

No

Program Learning Outcomes

Contribution

1

2

3

4

5

 

1

gains the ability to apply the knowledge in physics and mathematics

     

X

 

 

2

gains the ability to construct an experimental setup, perform

the experiment, analyze and interpret the results

   

X

   

 

3

is supposed to have the education required for the measurements in scientific and technological areas 

       

X

 

4

is able to work in an interdisciplinary team

X

       

 

5

is able to identify, formulate and solve physics problems

X

       

 

6

is conscious for the professional and ethical responsibility

   

X

   

 

7

is able to communicate actively and effectively

X

       

 

8

is supposed to have the required education for the industrial applications and the social contributions of physics

     

X

 

 

9

is conscious about the necessity of lifelong education and can implement it

 

 

X

 

 

 

10

is supposed to be aware of the current investigations and developments in the field

 

 

X

 

 

 

11

can make use of the techniques and the modern equipment required for physical applications

X

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

ECTS

Activities

Quantity

Duration
(Hour)

Total
Workload
(Hour)

Course Duration (Including the exam week: 14x Total course hours)

14

3

42

Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice)

14

8

112

Mid-terms

2

2

4

Final examination

1

3

3

Total Work Load

 

 

161

Total Work Load / 25 (h)

 

 

5,6

ECTS Credit of the Course

 

 

6