Advanced Automation and Control


The module enables students to appreciate the basic concepts of open-loop, closed-loop and sequential control and to examine mathematical models of mechanical, electrical, thermal and fluid systems. Students will construct system models using block-diagram methodology and analyse first-order and second-order systems.  The Laplace transformation technique will be used to determine the response of systems to step, impulse, ramp and sinusoidal inputs. Students will also be able to describe direct digital control and discrete time signal processing.

The student will use Labview programming to model and analyse these dynamic system responses.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply control theory to automation and control tasks and problems.

  2. Model first and second order systems in the time and frequency domain.

  3. Interpret the open loop response with regard to stability and performance using graphical methods.

  4. Use appropriate techniques and relevant software programmes to measure, analyse and control systems

% Coursework 30%
% Final Exam 70%