Control - ELE00049H

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  • Department: Electronic Engineering
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Andrew Pomfret
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20
    • See module specification for other years: 2018-19

Module summary

This module provides an introduction to feedback control of linear systems, and how it can be used to provide stability or to obtain a particular response characteristic from a system. The techniques covered have a wide range of applications, including to mechanical systems such as robots, and to electronic systems such as audio amplifiers.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2019-20

Module aims

Subject content aims:

  • To provide a fundamental introduction to the analysis and design of simple analogue controllers for linear, time-invariant, continuous dynamic systems
  • To extend basic control concepts and apply them to more complex problems, with a view to industrial and real-world applications

Graduate skills aims:

  • To develop skills in the selection and application of appropriate numeric and algebraic techniques

Module learning outcomes

Subject content learning outcomes

After successful completion of this module, students will:

  • Know how to apply the Laplace transform in the development of transfer functions for a range of simple dynamic systems
  • Understand the problems of control system implementation in a real-world context
  • Be able to analyse transfer functions and present the properties of the systems they represent in terms of control objectives
  • Be able to design simple control systems to achieve a set of desired control objectives
  • Be able to use software tools, based upon the MATLAB environment to support control system analysis and design
  • Be able to design active control components such as compensators and PID controllers to achieve desirable control objectives

Graduate skills learning outcomes

After successful completion of this module, students will:

  • Be able to explain and evaluate advanced technical concepts concisely and accurately
  • Be able to select, adapt and apply a range of mathematical techniques to solve advanced problems
  • Have developed skills in problem solving, critical analysis and applied mathematics

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
University - closed examination
Control
1.5 hours 100

Special assessment rules

None

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
University - closed examination
Control
1.5 hours 100

Module feedback

'Feedback’ at a university level can be understood as any part of the learning process which is designed to guide your progress through your degree programme.  We aim to help you reflect on your own learning and help you feel more clear about your progress through clarifying what is expected of you in both formative and summative assessments.

A comprehensive guide to feedback and to forms of feedback is available in the Guide to Assessment Standards, Marking and Feedback.  This can be found at https://www.york.ac.uk/students/studying/assessment-and-examination/guide-to-assessment/

The Department of Electronic Engineering aims to provide some form of feedback on all formative and summative assessments that are carried out during the degree programme.  In general, feedback on any written work/assignments undertaken will be sufficient so as to indicate the nature of the changes needed in order to improve the work.  Students are provided with their examination results within 20 working days of the end of any given examination period.  The Department will also endeavour to return all coursework feedback within 20 working days of the submission deadline.  The Department would normally expect to adhere to the times given, however, it is possible that exceptional circumstances may delay feedback.  The Department will endeavour to keep such delays to a minimum.  Please note that any marks released are subject to ratification by the Board of Examiners and Senate.  Meetings at the start/end of each term provide you with an opportunity to discuss and reflect with your supervisor on your overall performance to date. 

Indicative reading

Notes and readings will be provided in class.



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