CE269-5-PT-CA:
Control theory and practice

The details
2023/24
Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (School of)
Colchester Campus & Apprenticeship Location
Spring Special
Undergraduate: Level 5
Current
Monday 15 January 2024
Friday 28 June 2024
15
16 June 2022

 

Requisites for this module
CE142
CE262
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Key module for

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Module description

This module is to introduce the fundamental knowledge of modern control theory to solve the complex control problems. It focuses on theories and techniques in both time and frequency domain for linear control systems. It includes dynamic system modelling, MATLAB simulation, stability analysis, controller design, and optimal state controllers and observers.

This module presents a control engineering methodology that, while based on mathematical fundamentals, stresses physical system modeling and practical control system designs with realistic system specifications.

Module aims

This module aims to introduce the fundamentals of complex control theory focussing on time and frequency domains for linear control systems.

Module learning outcomes

On completion of this module the student should have the ability to:

1. Demonstrate a broad understanding of the basic theory underpinning advanced control design strategies.
2. Assess the appropriateness of various control strategies to analyse the system behaviour.
3. Investigate the robustness of control system design and evaluate their effectiveness through stability analysis.
4. Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the use of software tools for the modelling, design and characterisation of control systems.

Module information

Syllabus Outline

The topics covered in the control part include:

* Control System Characteristics
* Mathematical Modelling
* Stability
* Analysis Methods (Root Locus, Frequency Response, Time Domain)
* Compensator and Controller Design
* Digital Control Systems
* State-Space Representation
* Observability, Controllability
* Robust Systems

Learning and teaching methods

20 hours Lectures and 20 hours labs

Bibliography

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course.
The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students.
Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Exam  Main exam: In-Person, Open Book (Restricted), 120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) 
Exam  Reassessment Main exam: In-Person, Open Book (Restricted), 120 minutes during September (Reassessment Period) 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
40% 60%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
40% 60%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Anirban Chowdhury, email: a.chowdhury@essex.ac.uk.
Dr Anirban Chowdhury
School Office, email: csee-schooloffice (non-Essex users should add @essex.ac.uk to create full e-mail address), Telephone 01206 872770

 

Availability
No
No
No

External examiner

Dr Shadan Khan Khattak
Cardiff Metropolitan University
Senior Lecturer
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 25 hours, 12 (48%) hours available to students:
12 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
1 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.

 

Further information

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