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Unit information: Industrial Control in 2021/22

Unit name Industrial Control
Unit code MENGM0044
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Alicia Gonzalez-Buelga
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Mechanical Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

In this unit the students are provided with a comprehensive understanding of how to develop computer simulations of dynamic systems, in particular industrial processes, with control design purposes.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful engagement with the unit the participants should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the mathematical and computer modelling by developing numerical simulations of industrial processes (plants). [SM1m, EA1m]
  2. Describe the fundamental steps of classical control design methods: roots loci, Nyquist and Bode plots for SISO (single input-single output) plants and pole placement for MIMO (multiple input – multiple-output) plants. Implement the mentioned methods using computer based techniques. [SM2m,EA2m,EA3m]
  3. List and describe instrumentation and measurement systems integrating knowledge from other engineering disciplines. Implement sensors into computational simulations. [SM3m, SM5m]
  4. Apply different control analysis and design tools into real applications, with uncertainty, using computational models. [EA4m,D3m,P3,P4m,P8m]
  5. Design the control elements of a given industrial process, evaluate the performance of the proposed solution and present the results to a panel. [EA6m, G1, G4]

Teaching Information

The teaching will be evenly split into lectures introducing fundamental concepts and computer laboratory sessions.

A blended learning approach will be used in this unit where some aspects are delivered in a flipped framework with videos and other e-learning material being available before problem classes. Online polls (turningpoint) will be also used.

Assessment Information

  • e-Assessment (30%) to test the knowledge and comprehension mathematical modelling, classical control design methods and instrumentation (ILO1, ILO2, ILO3). Time limited multiple choice and numerical questions quizzes on Blackboard. A single attempt will be allowed for each student.
  • Coursework (70%) group report based on an industrial control design project, including an individual presentation (ILO1, ILO4, ILO5)


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.