SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMH120620
Module Leader Geraint Bevan
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Instrumentation and Control
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)

Summary of Content

This module aims to consolidate advanced classical and modern control design techniques encompassing the practical considerations in applying control design in an industrial environment. The appropriateness and difficulties encountered in applying various design techniques in practice is explored. In particular frequency shaping, system sensitivity and robustness are studied.


Non-linear modelling, time-response, frequency-response, system sensitivity, frequency shaping , dealing with non-linearity, saturation, linearization, multiple input multiple output systems (MIMO), MIMO stability, full state feedback,.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the student should have the ability to:1. Assess the appropriateness of various control strategies for various practical applications.2. Understand the basic theory underpinning advanced control design strategies.3. Analyse the robustness of given control system design.4. Design a control system to meet a customer specification.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Full Time Lectures are used to deliver the theoretical concepts with tutorials used to develop an understanding of these concepts. A blended learning approach is employed to allow a degree of personalisation and paced study for students. Online material is made available in the form of short videos explaining in depth more subtle and complex aspects of the material. Problems solved in real-time with commentary are available online to allow students to explore solutions to problems in an interactive way, this is followed by student led discussion on GCULearn blog. eTutorials are delivered to students to allow instant feedback on performance. This is extended to eAssessment with feedback to students at end of the assessment period. Interactive problem solving of tutorial question by video with live commentary. Laboratories are used to simulate control systems and to apply systems design in practical applications. To underpin the material practical examples will be used from research areas and industrial case studies these examples will be implemented using simulation and rapid prototyping techniques. These case studies will allow the student to gain a broader and deeper understanding of the material by exploring open-ended problems in an industrial context. Distance Learning A study pack consisting of a set of comprehensive learning materials is made available. This will include a set of expanded lecture notes, tutorials and past exam papers (with solutions provided later). A set of practical 'laboratories' will also be provided in the form of various models of comprehensive non-linear systems to enable testing of control designs; provision of data sets of physical plants to enable data analysis and system identification. Support through email and telephone is available.

Indicative Reading

Control Systems Engineering 6e, Nise, Wiley, 978-0-470-64612-0 Simulation of Dynamic Systems with MATLAB and Simulink 2e Klee CRC Press ISBN: 978-1-439-87778-4

Transferrable Skills

Critical thinking and problem solving in particular through consideration of the complex interaction of inter-disciplinary skills in a technical environment. Detailed understanding of the advantages of rapid prototyping in systems design. Ability to implement rapid prototyping in systems design. Independent working through design and investigation of specified case study. Group working to trouble-shoot and assess case studies. Development of higher level cognitive skills including analysing and synthesising skills. Communication skills written, oral and listening through to technical and design presentations. Self marketing/presentational skills in relation to the presentation of technical system design. Management skills through the critical consideration of system specifications and their use in case studies.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (FT) 20.00
Practicals (FDL) 20.00
Tutorials (FDL) 6.00
Independent Learning (FDL) 110.00
Independent Learning (FT) 90.00
Assessment (FT) 14.00
Practicals (FT) 20.00
Tutorials (FT) 6.00
Assessment (FDL) 14.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 50.00 45% Coursework 1
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 50.00 45% Exam (Exams Office)