SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 10.00
ECTS Credit Points 5.00
Module Code M3H324920
Module Leader Martin MacDonald
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject SCEBE - School Office
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Process Control and Instrumentation Engineering Lab

Summary of Content

This module explains different types of process control loops, its functions, operational modes and serves to gain knowledge on measurement and instrumentation sensors. It also covers the techniques of communicating the measured results throughout a process plant.


Process Control Experiments: Dynamic response of control systems using MATLAB System stability analysis using MATLAB Dynamic response curves. Characteristics of PID controllers. Process Instrumentation Experiments: Liquid level meters calibration. Flow meters calibration. Temperature sensors calibration.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Demonstrate and design different types of process control loops with the help of piping & instrumentation diagram. (AM1, AM4)2. Describe the working principle of controllers in process plants. (AM1/AM4)3. Demonstrate the system responses to different inputs. (AM1/AM4)4. Model a simple process operation, liquids in tanks, fluid flows and temperature. (AM1/AM4)5. Analyse and develop relevant skills for control loop adjustments and combining control systems. (AM1/AM4)6. Interpret the performance characteristics of various relevant measurement systems through laboratory experiments. (AM1/AM4)7. Demonstrate the importance of calibration, installation and maintenance of measurement systems. (AM1/AM4)

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The main teaching method will be based on lectures supplemented with laboratory exercises,laboratory analytical skills, technical report writing skills, used to relate theoretical concepts to practical experience. The students will be expected to perform directed reading exercises and self-learning exercises on emerging technologies.

Indicative Reading

Curtis D. Johnson (2003), Process Control Instrumentation Technology, Seventh Edition: Prentice Hall. Norman A. Anderson (1998), Instrumentation for Process Measurement and Control Third Edition: CRC Press LLC, Florida 33431. WayneBequette B. (2003), Process Control Modeling, Design & Simulation, Original US Edition: Prentice Hall Inc. Sawhney A.K., PuneetSawhney (2000), A course in Mechanical Measurements & Instrumentation, Ninth Edition : GaganKapur for DhanpatRai& Co(P) Ltd.

Transferrable Skills

Practical thinking and problem solving, numeracy skills, knowledge and understanding in the context of the subject, learning style and orientation to learning, independent working, evaluating own learning and development, information retrieval, IT skills, communication skills and cognitive/intellectual skills.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 8.00
Independent Learning (FT) 64.00
Practicals (FT) 28.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (School) 1.50 25.00 35% Midterm Test Lab Test 25% (Unseen written - 1 ½ Hours)
Exam (School) 1.50 25.00 35% Endterm Lab test 25%(Unseen written - 1 ½ Hours)
Coursework 1 n/a 50.00 35% Skill card+ Viva voce +Lab report : 50%