Automation and Control


In this module students analyse open loop, closed loop and sequential control and examine mathematical models of mechanical, electrical, thermal and fluid systems. 

The students analyse the response of dynamic systems, and investigate the effect of altering the gain of a closed loop system. They will graph systems with steady state responses, offset errors, and unstable responses They will construct system models using block-diagram methodology and study 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.

The student will recognise leading technological trends in manufacturing automation including Industry 4.0 and Industry 5.0

Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply control theory to automation and control problems.

  2. Use mathematical modelling to show how altering the gain effects the response of negative feedback closed loop systems

  3. Design, model and analyse 1st and 2nd order dynamic systems using the Laplace Transform technique

  4. Awareness of automation strategies, when to automate and the requirements for Industry 4.0 and Industry 5.0.

% Coursework 30%
% Final Exam 70%