SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHH624665
Module Leader Martin MacDonald
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject SCEBE - School Office
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

The aim of this course is to provide a detailed foundation in sensors and transducer Instrumentation in Oil and Gas industries and the use of Matlab, Simulink and VI software for analyses. The focus of this course is in the area of Industrial Instrumentation, specific to sultanate of Oman. Concepts of modern Industrial Instrumentation theory and applications are introduced in this course. Requirements of Instrumentation for process measurement are stressed upon.


The teaching syllabus will cover the following areas: Temperature measurement: Filled system thermometers, thermocouples - types, construction, conditioning and compensation, RTD - types, construction, measuring circuits, Thermistors, Radiation pyrometers, IC temperature sensors. Flow measurement: Introduction, differential pressure type flow meters, variable area flow meters, positive displacement flow meters for liquids and gas services, Hot wire Anemometers, EM flow meter and turbine flow meter.Ultrasonic flow meter, Vortex flow meter, Cross correlation flow meter, Mass flow meter: Direct and Indirect methods. Pressure Measurement: Introduction, Mechanical, Electromechanical and Electrical methods of measurement; Low pressure measurement. Level measurement: Introduction, mechanical, electromechanical and electrical type, Viscosity and density measurement. Basic communication system interfaces: ISO model for open systems interconnection, user interface, SCADA systems and data logging / data acquisition systems, Smart sensors: Architectures (point to point, multiplexed, multi-drop), Protocols (e.g. HART, etc.), Field bus Systems: e.g. FIP, MODBUS, PROFIBUS, Rack bus,etc., DCS.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course the student should be able to:-1. Analyse the effectiveness and appropriateness of an Instrumentation system for given cases.(AM1,AM5)2. Suggest suitable compensation techniques for measurement processes in Industrial applications.(AM5, AM7)3. Analyse the practical aspects for the installation, calibration and troubleshooting of different types of instruments.(AM5, AM7)4. Design a model instrumentation system including the selection of an appropriate sensor/transducer for a specified measurement process. (AM1, AM5)5. Explain various techniques used in field communication for industrial instrumentation applications.(AM1)6. Evaluate appropriate distributed measurement system for given specific conditions.(AM1)

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The main teaching method will be based on lectures. The students will be expected to perform directed reading exercises and self-learning exercises on emerging technologies. Tutorials will be used to reinforce the module material discussed during lecture sessions. Tutorials also serve as a platform of technical discussions to clarify any queries that arise from directed studies.

Indicative Reading

-240 Text Book: -360 1. Patranabis,D.(1997). P rinciples of Industrial Instrumentation . 2 nd ed. New Delhi: Tata McGraw Hill. -240 Reference Books: -360 1. Doebelin E.O. (1992). Measurement Systems: Application and Design ", 4 th ed. New York:McGraw Hill. 2. Noltingk B.E.(1996). Instrumentation Reference Book. 2 nd ed. Butterworth Heinemann, Oxford.

Transferrable Skills

Problem Solving and Numeracy Communication/Literacy/Linguistic/Critical Evaluation

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Tutorials (FT) 28.00
Lectures (FT) 56.00
Independent Learning (FT) 100.00
Assessment (FT) 16.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (School) 1.50 20.00 35% Mid-term test :10% (Unseen written - 1 ½ Hours)
Coursework 1 n/a 30.00 n/a Assignment-written report-maximum 2000 words
Exam (Exams Office) 3.00 50.00 n/a Final Examination: 50% (Unseen written - 3 Hours)