Module Title:Introduction to Systems and Control
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 6 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: This module will be delivered through a mix of lectures and laboratory assignments. It will employ a mixture of active/task-based learning, reflective learning and problem-based learning.
Module Aim: The aim of this module is to introduce and develop understanding of the dynamics of common systems, analyse their characteristics, control them using standard strategies, and simulate them in the laboratory.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Define dynamic system behaviour in terms of stability, steady-state and transient response.
LO2 Identify the objectives and principles of operation of general closed-loop automatic control systems.
LO3 Represent dynamic systems in transfer function form.
LO4 Explain and utilise feedback including parameterisation of (tune) PID controllers.
LO5 Use analysis tools to simulate/analyse dynamic systems and their practical implementation using basic control techniques.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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Requirements
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Systems
Transfer function and characterisation: e.g.: Transient, Steady state, Stability. Block diagram analysis/algebra.
Control
Objectives of Automatic Control, Loop Block Diagrams, PID Control, definitions and the need for safety and ethical use of Automatic Control systems.
Analysis
Mathematical modelling and simulation software. Signal analysis, Real-time spectral analysis, Off-line processing, Characterisation of a 2nd-order system
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment20.00%
Practical20.00%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other Various assessments to reinforce learnings given throughout the semester. 1,2,3,4 20.00 n/a
No Project
Practical
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation A set of practical exercises to complement the theory elements of the module. 5 20.00 n/a
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam A final exam to assess the students' learning. 1,2,3,4 60.00 End-of-Semester
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other Various assessments to reinforce learnings given throughout the semester. 1,2,3,4 20.00 n/a
No Project
Practical
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation A set of practical exercises to complement the theory elements of the module. 5 20.00 n/a
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam A final exam to assess students' learning. 1,2,3,4 60.00 End-of-Semester

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 3.00
Laboratory Every Week 2.00
Independent Learning Time Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 9.00
 

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