Measuring Techniques (BSc Bio)

Compulsory Course

  • in BSc Applied Biology, 3rd Semester
  • 3h/week (1L/1E/1P)
  • Credits: 3 ECTS

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Learning outcomes:

  • understand the fundamental principles in the field of electricity, magnetism, oscillations and waves and to use the fundamental equations in these fields.


  • Oscillations and waves (mathematical description, superposition of oscillations and waves, interference);
  • Optics (Hygens’ principle, geometrical optics, physicsl optics, refraction, interference, diffraction gratings, dispersion, polarisation); 
  • Elektricity (charges, elektric field, elektrostatics, elektric potential, elektric current, Ohm’s law, direct current circuits);
  • Magnetism (moving cahrges, electromagnetic induction, magnetism in matter, alternatinc current circuits);
  • Applications in measuring instruments


Learning outcomes:

  • develop solutions for simple problems in the above mentioned fields.


  • Applications of the concepts presented in the lecture to real problems to enhance the understanding of the physical principles.

Practical Course

Learning outcomes:

  • perform simple experiments and to analyze the data.
  • use the basic measurement equipment.
  • solve experimental tasks in a team.
  • perform statistical analyses of the experimental data and determine the possible sources of error.


  • Experiments in the different fields of the module are performed in small groups (usually 2 students per group). The subject areas comprise oscillation and waves (including the parameters to describe waves), optics, physical optics, electricity and the statistical analysis of data including error discussion (random vs. systematic errors) and error propagation.
  • The topics of the lecture are considered from a more practical standpoint of view.



Recommendations: Passing of the modules Mathematics and Physics/Statistics


Passing of module – graded

The total grade of the module is comprised of a mark for the laboratory course (30%) and a mark for the final exam (70%) or two exams during the semester (35% each).

The successful passing of the laboratory course is a prerequisite for the completion of the module.


  • H.-R. Tränkler, Taschenbuch der Messtechnik, Verlag R. Oldenbourg, München
  • J. Niebuhr, G. Lindner: Physikalische Messtechnik mit Sensoren, Oldenbourg Verlag
  • J. Hoffmann, Taschenbuch der Messtechnik, Fachbuchverlag Leipzig