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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Mechanical, Medical & Aero Engineering Short Name: SE3311
Level: HE3 Module Co-ordinator: SORNIOTTI A Dr (M, M & A Eng)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability
Autumn Semester
Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment


Weighting Towards Module Mark (%)










Qualifying Condition(s) 


A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module


Module Overview
An introduction (with some examples of applications) to the fundamental theory of Control Systems Engineering.

Completion of the progress requirements of Level HE2



Module Aims

To extend the knowledge of classical linear feedback control to systems design concepts



Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the module, students should be able to:



·        design and analyse control systems which may be encountered in mechatronic products and industrial systems



·        analyse, model and predict  control system performance from the problem specification.



Module Content

Control system design concepts


Control system simulation (in frequency and time domain) using Matlab-SIMULINK


Frequency response methods for dynamic performance. Polar diagrams, Bode diagrams


Stability. Stability margins from frequency response diagrams


Basic control systems using three-term PID controllers


Methods of Teaching/Learning

22 hrs lectures, 11 hrs tutorials, 2 hrs examination and 65 hrs independent learning


Total student learning time 100 hours


Selected Texts/Journals

Essential Reading


Module Notes



Required Reading


Nise NS , Control Systems Engineering, The Benjamin/Cummings Publishing Company, 1995, ISBN 0-8053-5424-7 (several copies available in the University Library)



Recommended Reading


Ogata K, Modern Control Engineering, Prentice Hall, 1990, ISBN 0135891280 (several copies available in the University Library)



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