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Measurement science versus measurement technology in the engineering curriculum

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3 Author(s)
Thorn, R. ; Dept. of Fluid Eng. & Instrum., Cranfield Univ., Bedford, UK ; Hancock, N.H. ; Sydenham, P.H.

Measurement education within many engineering curricula may be described as `elementary' and `traditional'. In this paper it is argued that this style of presentation, with its emphasis on `recipe' and traditional measurements, is increasingly inappropriate for the requirements of modern engineering practice. This paper outlines two contrasting undergraduate units (subjects) in which measurement engineering is presented in a generic but systematic manner within two separate degree courses in electrical/electronic (and other) engineering. Both these subjects emphasise the science of measurement and measurement system design rather than the technology involved, this provides the student with a basis for, and some experience in, applications spanning a wide range of measurement requirements

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Engineering Science and Education Journal  (Volume:6 ,  Issue: 3 )