Course detail

Introduction to Design of Scientific Instruments

FSI-TKKAcad. year: 2019/2020

Introduction to Design of Scientific Instruments gives a basic overview of mechanical design for optical devices. Students are introduced into the computer design of mechanical systems particularly.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students will acquire skills in technical drawing. They will acquire knowledge of basic machine parts, normed parts, and construction materials. In addition, they are familiar with the static design of structural components for optical systems.


Fundamentals of mathematics and geometry


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Leinveber, J.; P. Vávra; J. Řasa.: Strojnické tabulky. Scientia, 2017 (CS)
Shannon, R. R.: The Art and Science of Optical Design, Cambridge University Press, 1977, ISBN-0-521-45414-X

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is taught through lectures explaining the basic principles and theory of the discipline. Exercises are focused on practical topics presented in lectures.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Student designs optical system. A short report will be classified.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


The goal of the subject is to provide students an overview of the construction of mechanical assemblies for the optical devices.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Final report is controlled.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme M2A-P Master's

    branch M-PMO , 1. year of study, winter semester, 6 credits, compulsory-optional

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


Introduction to 3D CAD and Optical CAD
Basics of technical drawing
Drawing basic machine parts
Dimensioning, tolerance, basic manufacturing technology
Standard machine parts
Material standards
Static stress calculation
Transfer mechanisms and their design
Drawing documentation of gear, cast and forge


13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


Support of lectures - practicing in the main topics

Computer-assisted exercise

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


Computer support of lectures - design and construction documentation of mechanical assembly.