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Module Title
Control and Instrumentation
Reference EN4501 Version 5
Created January 2017 SCQF Level SCQF 10
Approved March 2004 SCQF Points 15
Amended June 2017 ECTS Points 7.5

Aims of Module
To provide the student with the ability to analyse and design control and instrumentation systems.

Learning Outcomes for Module
On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:
1 Apply classical control techniques in the analysis and design of linear, continuous-time control systems.
2 Analyse, design and evaluate the performance of controllers using computer simulation tools.
3 Demonstrate knowledge of and apply the principles underpinning specialist measurement systems.
4 Analyse, evaluate and modify measurement system designs such that the systems meet a given specification.

Indicative Module Content
Systems modelling, transfer functions, transient and steady state response methods, frequency response methods, stability analysis, state space representation and signal flow graphs. Instrumentation system characteristics including their application and response in noisy electrical environments. The application of specialised measurement systems with examples from process plant eg flow, pressure, temperature and/or level. Some areas of applied measurement: intrinsically safe systems, EMC, PLCs and/or Fieldbus.

Module Delivery
This is a lecture based course supported by tutorial sessions, laboratory work and directed study.

Indicative Student Workload Full Time Part Time
Contact Hours 50 50
Non-Contact Hours 100 100
Placement/Work-Based Learning Experience [Notional] Hours N/A N/A
TOTAL 150 150
Actual Placement hours for professional, statutory or regulatory body    

If a major/minor model is used and box is ticked, % weightings below are indicative only [for the purposes of the Key Information Set (KIS)]
Component 1
Type: Coursework Weighting: 30% Outcomes Assessed: 2, 3
Description: A two part coursework consisting of: the control component, focussing on controller performance and design using Computer Aided Design tools and the instrumentation component emphasising the underpinning knowledge and processes used in instrumentation analysis and design.
Component 2
Type: Examination Weighting: 70% Outcomes Assessed: 1, 4
Description: An examination of 3 hours duration.

Explanatory Text
In order to pass, students should achieve a mark of at least 35% in each component (which has a weighting of 30% or more) and an overall grade D or better.
Module Grade Minimum Requirements to achieve Module Grade:
A >=70
B 60-69
C 50-59
D 40-49
E 35-39
F <35
NS Non-submission of work by published deadline or non-attendance for examination

Module Requirements
Prerequisites for Module Signal Acquisition, Instrumentation and Control (EN3500)
Corequisites for module None.
Precluded Modules Control and Signal Processing (EN4502)

1 Bentley J. P. (2005). Principles of Measurement Systems. 4th ed. Prentice Hall.
2 Biran A. and Breiner M. (2002). MATLAB 6 for Engineers. Prentice Hall.
3 Dorf, Richard C. and Bishop, R.H. (2016). Modern Control Systems. 12th edition. Pearson.
4 Dutton K., Thompson, S. and Barraclough, B.(1997). The Art of Control Engineering. Harlow, Essex, England Pearson.
5 Hahn, B. and Valentine D. (2015) Essential MATLAB for Engineers and scientists. 5th edition. Butterworth-Heinemann.
6 Palm, William J.(2011). Introduction to MATLAB for Engineers. 3rd edition. McGraw Hill.


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