The course is divided into 8 interrelated units. (1) The experimentalist: guiding principles and cognitive issues. (2) Theoretical concepts in experimental design: measurement theory. (3) Preliminary design of experiments: statistics, dimensional analysis, models. (4) Devices: cells and instrumentation, boundary conditions, sensing concepts, instruments, transducer, electronics, (5) Conducting the tests. (6) Complimentary analytical and numerical tools: signal processing, regression and inversion. (7) Advanced testing technologies. (8) Reporting and presentation.