Course Summary
Credit Type:
Organization's ID:
J126LM; J134LM
80 hours
Dates Offered:
Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 2 introduction to instrumentation


The course objective is to introduce, in Module 1, basic instrumentation topics of math, science, theory, and diagram interpretation. Module 2 is focused on the fundamentals of pressure, level, flow, and temperature measurements, and calibrations.

Learning Outcomes:

  • demonstrate mastery of math, science, electrical theory, meters and measurement, and vocabulary skills related to instrumentation
  • describe the purpose of and five elements of a control system
  • identify the instrument and function symbols used on instrumentation drawings and identify the line symbols shown on instrument drawings
  • interpret typical letter combinations for tag numbers and identify a device's function and loop number
  • list the types of elements used to measure pressure and perform unit conversions between common pressure scales
  • explain the four temperature scales used in temperature measurement and solve for the accurate output of a temperature transmitter
  • describe smart device switches and state their purpose and explain the similarities and differences between a conventional and a smart device
  • describe the functions of an actuator, a regulator, a transducer, and a positioner

General Topics:

  • Math, science, electrical theory, meters and measurements, instrumentation vocabulary, process and instrumentation diagram interpretation, fundamentals of process and control systems, instrumentation symbols and diagrams, calibration procedure and documentation, pressure, level, flow, temperature, smart instrumentation and communication, control valves, actuators, and accessories
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Classroom Exercise
  • Computer Based Training
  • Discussion
  • Lectures
  • Practical Exercises

Methods of Assessment:

  • Other
  • Performance Rubrics (Checklists)
  • Presentations
  • Quizzes
  • Classroom Participation

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials