Catalogue of Modules, University of Nottingham

H54ACL Advanced Control System Design
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  17/18

Total Credits: 10

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  MEng and MSc students of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Taught Semesters:

Autumn Assessed by end of Autumn Semester 

Prerequisites: An understanding of differential equations; matrices, determinants and matrix algebra; Laplace transformations. H63CSD must be taken in conjunction with this module if it has not already been taken. This does not apply to postgraduate students who have taken an equivalent module to H63CSD.

H63CSD Control Systems Design 

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  This module introduces the state-space representation of physical systems and the control design of multi-input multi-output systems using multivariable control techniques for both continuous and discrete implementation. The module then covers both the full and reduced observer design for those cases when state variables are not measurable. The module finishes with an overview of optimal control design.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 11 weeks1 per week2 hours
Lecture 4 weeks1 per week1 hour

Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester

Further Activity Details:
Three hours of lectures per week supplemented by printed notes and including example classes.

Method of Assessment: 

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Exam 1 100 2 hour exam 

Professor P Zanchetta

Education Aims:  Students following this module should develop good understanding of Multivariable state feedback control used in a wide range of engineering applications from mechanical, to electronic, electrical and chemical. They will gain a basic knowledge of state space modelling of linear and non linear systems, including simplification of practical aspects. Students will learn about advanced control design techniques for multivariable state feedback both in continuous and discrete domain together with observer theory. They will gain a good understanding of the role of these control techniques for the development and implementation of a variety of engineering systems.

Learning Outcomes:  

A Knowledge and understanding

B Intellectual Skills:

C Professional/Practical Skills:

D Transferable/Key Skills: