Introduction to Time and Frequency Measurement

Specialism: Time and Frequency

Skill Level: Entry Level

Delivery Method: e-Learning

Duration: 1 day

Course Status: Available

Price: Free

Course description

Time is a concept that is integral to daily life, and most people have a sense of what time is. What is perhaps less obvious is how much our society relies on time and frequency technology in a variety of applications and industries, from synchronising telecoms and broadcast signals, to determining location via GPS.

 

In this NPL certified course, we will introduce the scientific concept of time and how it is measured and disseminated. This course is the first in a series from the National Timing Centre (NTC) Programme that will help people to build skills in time and frequency to support the maintenance and innovation required for many sectors of society to function properly.

 

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Who is it for?

This course provides introductory training in time and frequency for anyone interested in the subject, from students and entry-level scientists and engineers, to professionals in many different industry sectors for which time and frequency plays a role.

Further Information

Certificate Type: NPL Certificate of Completion
Available as open course: Yes
Available as in-house course: Yes

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Learning outcomes

  • Be aware of historical developments in the field of time and frequency
  • Use units of time and frequency correctly
  • Explain the meaning of the stability, accuracy and resolution of a clock
  • Understand the role of atomic clocks as time and frequency standards
  • Understand how a time scale is constructed
  • Differentiate between commonly used time scales
  • Understand the need for time and frequency dissemination
  • Be aware of common dissemination techniques and their defining characteristics
  • List advantages and disadvantages of different time dissemination techniques
  • Understand the societal impact of time and frequency measurement and distribution
  • List examples of time and frequency end users

Date(s) of next course

Available at any time

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