Catalogue of Modules, University of Nottingham

H54CT2 Control Systems Design with Project
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  17/18

Total Credits: 15

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  Students studying for an MSc in Power Electronics and Drives  Available to JYA/Erasmus students.

Taught Semesters:

Autumn Assessed by end of Autumn Semester 

Prerequisites: Laplace transforms, modelling of linear physical systems, concepts of feedback, stability, characteristic equations and frequency response.

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  This module enables students to design both analogue and digital controllers for linear single-input single-output systems. Students have access to CAD control design packages for evaluating control design. This module covers:

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 4 weeks1 per week1 hour
Lecture 11 weeks1 per week2 hours
Computing 7 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 including example classes and assignment supervision. There is also an extended coursework associated with this module, details will be provided by the module lecturer.

Method of Assessment: 

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Exam 1 67 2 hour exam 
Assignment 33  

Professor P Zanchetta

Education Aims:  

  • To provide students with good knowledge of traditional linear control design theories and their application to a variety of practical industrial systems.
  • To provide students with the skills and techniques necessary to analyse and synthesise controllers ranging from a simple proportional structure to a PI, PID and other second order structures using root locus and frequency response strategies both in continuous and in discrete domain.

    Learning Outcomes:  

    A Knowledge and understanding