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EEE3018 : Digital Control Systems

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Matthew Armstrong
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To provide the students with an understanding of the fundamentals of Digital Control Theory and the theoretical and practical principles for design. To provide guidelines of current trends in the field.

Outline Of Syllabus

Introduction to Digital Control Fundamentals
Sampled signals, linear difference equations and discrete transfer functions, sample and zero order hold operations, quantisation effects, block diagrams, stability analysis techniques, signal analysis and dynamic response, discrete time specifications and their correlation with time and frequency domains, discrete equivalents to continuous transfer functions, different loop structures, regulation and serving functions.

Digital Control Designs using Classical Methods
Discrete time implementations of classical design methods, digital PID controller, root locus design technique, frequency response based designs, introduction to direct design methods.

Design using Modern Methods
z-plane specifications pole placement based design, introduction to minimum variance design concept, deadbeat objective and concept of control ripple. Serving versus regulation objectives. Practical implementation considerations.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:301:30Final exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture62:0012:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion240:3012:00Revision for practical exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Practical exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion240:3012:00Revision for final exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical62:0012:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity121:0012:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study136:3036:30Reviewing lecture notes; general reading
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
EEE8007Digital Control Systems
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This is a combination of normal lectures and sessions using CAD packages like Matlab/Simulink. Through this combination and the constant interaction with the facilitator the students will be able to better understand and apply the concepts of advanced control systems.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination902A50N/A
PC Examination1202A50Open book
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
EEE8007Digital Control Systems2N/A
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessment reflects the innovative teaching style and consists of a closed book unseen assessment and an open book exam using Matlab/Simulink.

The examinations require from the students a formal knowledge of the basic principles of digital control systems. They also requires a formal knowledge of using Matlab/Simulink in the design of advanced digital control systems.

Reading Lists