Catalogue of Modules, University of Nottingham

H54ACD Advanced Control System Design with Project
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  17/18

Total Credits: 20

Level: Level 4

Target Students: 

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 multi-variable control techniques for both continuous and discrete implementation. The module then covers both full and reduced observer design for those cases when state variables are not measurable. The module finishes with an overview of optimal control design. A more detailed design experience using advanced CAD will be acquired by means of a specialized coursework. Module Web Links:
  • Reading List
  • 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
    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, supplemented by printed notes, example classes and project work supervision.

    Method of Assessment: 

    Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
    Exam 1 50 2 hour exam 
    Coursework 1 50   

    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: