Measurement and Process Control Systems

Course Description

Holistic approach to measurement and control of industrial and other processes is based on integration of knowledge acquired during the bachelors? education as well as some topics from masters? curriculum. Attention is paid to signal conditioning, industrial communication interfaces, communication protocols, system software and program tools. This enables students to build systems for monitoring and control of industrial processes from components of highest level of integration like personal and industrial computers, specialized measurement and control equipment as well as communication equipment of general purpose.

General Competencies

Students will become capable to use industrial and personal computers, connecting them with sensors and transducers via industrial interfaces and busses. Criteria for selection and adjustment of operating systems will be adopted as well as selection and application of programming tools for adjustment and configuration of resulting complex systems. Students will also acquire basic project management skills, teamwork, software organization and documentation.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Design measurement and/or control system
  2. Compose systems as a netowrk of dedidated devices
  3. Use standardized protocols, interfaces and components
  4. Assess and appropriatly leverage properties of industrial devices, subsystems and methods
  5. Define project requirements
  6. Plan and organize a simple project from idea to realisation
  7. Criticize and argument decisions and ideas in communication with other teams whose projects comprise a bigger whole with students' project

Forms of Teaching


Lectures are performed in form of collaborative problem solving through discussion which assists students in understanding explained solutions.


Knowledge is assessed through computer based quizzes, oral exam and through student's practical project.

Laboratory Work

Lab exercises help students in gaining practical experience with RS-232c interface, modems and local area networks.


By appointment.


Students can self-decide on the mini-project they will be working on. All student programs together form the "smart house" system. Projects are realized using Arduino micro-controller or a PC.

Acquisition of Skills

Students can choose their own project assignment, comment on their colleagues' assignments and rate their results. All students participate in connecting their single projects to a common system.


Students have at their disposition written scripts covering all course topics, simulators and visualizations, recorded lectures, digital knowledge assessment tools and project wiki.

Internship visits

In case of interest, visits to organizations using complex measuring and control systems are organized so students can experience real issues, architecture, technologies and maintenance problems related to these systems. Students can choose which of the following organizations they want to visit: Hrvatske vode, Hrvatska elektroprivreda, Odašiljači i veze, CARNet komunikaicjsko čvorište, Hrvatsku kontrolu zračne plovidbe, Hrvatsku izvještajnu novinsku agenciju, Diners club or they can make other suggestions.

Grading Method

Continuous Assessment Exam
Type Threshold Percent of Grade Threshold Percent of Grade
Class participation 50 % 10 % 0 % 0 %
Seminar/Project 50 % 40 % 50 % 40 %
Mid Term Exam: Written 50 % 15 % 0 %
Final Exam: Written 50 % 10 %
Final Exam: Oral 25 %
Exam: Written 50 % 15 %
Exam: Oral 45 %

Week by Week Schedule

  1. Introductory lecture - definition of course objectives, contents and modules.
  2. Lecture on project management - project team and documentation. Student project assignment and formalities.
  3. Brainstorming on "smart house" and its subsystems. Forming the basis for individual projects.
  4. Lecture on industrial communication interfaces - RS-232c i USB.
  5. Lecture on modems. Modem communication technologies - analog modems, xDSL, cable modems.
  6. Lab: RS-232c
  7. Lecture on PSDN and OSI.
  8. Lecture on telephony. Analogous and digital telephony and data transfer. ISDN, GSM, and LEOS.
  9. Lecture on Internet. IP, TCP, UDP, DNS, overlaying, routing.
  10. Lecture on LAN. IEEE802.3, IEEE802.4, IEEE802.5, IEEE802.11, IEEE802.15.
  11. Lab: LAN.
  12. Lecture on software tools. Operation systems. Software documentation. Software projecting. Measurement and process control systems examples.
  13. Student projects presentations.
  14. Student projects presentations.
  15. Final lecture on types of engineer jobs and choosing the right profession.

Study Programmes

University graduate
Electronic and Computer Engineering (profile)
Specialization Course (2. semester)


Curtis D. Johnson (2008.), Process Control Instrumentation Technology, Prentice Hall
Andrew S. Tanenbaum (2007.), Computer Networks, Prentice Hall
Andrew S. Tanenbaum (2006.), Operating Systems: Design and Implementation, Prentice Hall

Associate Lecturers

Laboratory exercises

For students


ID 169195
  Summer semester
L3 English Level
L2 e-Learning
30 Lectures
15 Laboratory exercises

Grading System

90 Excellent
80 Very Good
70 Good
60 Acceptable