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ELEN416 - Control Systems Theory and Design

Course Details

Course Code: ELEN416 Course ID: 4604 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course covers the basic principles of frequency- and time-domain design techniques. Classical methods covered include Laplace transforms and transfer functions; root locus design; Routh-Hurwitz stability analysis; frequency response methods including Bode, Nyquist, and Nichols; steady state error for standard test signals; second order system approximations; and phase and gain margin and bandwidth. In addition, the state variable method is investigated including full state feedback design, and limitations of state variable feedback. The student will learn to use computers in the analysis and design of control systems. NOTE: This course requires the student to purchase additional materials that are not covered by the book grant. Please refer to the Course Materials section for additional details. (Prerequisite: ELEN310)





Prerequisites

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
07/29/19 - 01/03/20 01/06/20 - 04/26/20 Winter 2020 Session A 16 Week session

Current Syllabi

After completing the course, the student should be able to accomplish these Course Objectives (CO):

  • CO-1 Classify the inputs, outputs, and components of a control system.
  • CO-2 Differentiate between open-loop and closed-loop (feedback) control systems and the advantages of each.
  • CO-3 Apply Laplace transforms and transfer functions to modeling complex interconnected systems.
  • CO-4 Explain the significance of state variable modeling and the role of feedback in control system design.
  • CO-5 Analyze the relationship of poles of a transfer function to the stability of a system, and how they affect the physical behavior of a system.
  • CO-6 Evaluate the stability of a dynamic system using the Routh-Hurwitz stability criterion.
  • CO-7 Explain the role of integral control and why more than simple proportional control is often needed in a control system.
  • CO-8 Illustrate the design of a controller that meets desired specifications using both the root locus method and the frequency response method and a full-state feedback controller and observer.
  • CO-9 Analyze the relative stability and performance of feedback control systems using frequency response methods considering phase and gain margin and system bandwidth.
  • CO-10 Demonstrate a working knowledge of reference inputs, optimal control, and internal model design.

Instructor announcements: Weekly announcements will be made on Monday of each week in the online classroom. These announcements will also be e-mailed to each student. The announcements will discuss the assignments for the week along with any other pertinent information for the week.

This is an upper level course; all students’ work is to be presented as such in terms of quality and content. The grading system will be based on your introduction (2%), forums (8%), fifteen weekly assignments (60%) and three exams (30%).

Reading Assignments: Please refer to the Course Outline section of this syllabus for the weekly reading assignments.

Week 1 Introductions: Students must log into the classroom and post an introduction to the class during the first week of class. This assignment is worth 20 points or 2 percent of the course grade. Your response is due by Sunday of Week 1. The Week 1 introduction must be greater than 250 words (a requirement) and include the following information.

a. Your name

b. Your university major or program

c. Where you are in the program of study

d. Your academic goals, to include why you are taking this class

e. Information that you would like to share about yourself

Weekly Forums: The weekly discussion forum is for students to post their questions on course content for that week. This forum should not be used to discuss specific graded material questions prior to receiving feedback from the instructor. If there is a question on a specific graded question, find a similar problem in the book and ask a question on that problem or concept. Asking specific questions on graded questions creates an unfair advantage and defeats the purpose of the assessment tool.

Weekly Assignments: Weekly assignments are designed to help students apply the information that they have learned each week. Students are expected to submit course assignments by the posted due date unless prior approval is received from the instructor. A design project will be selected by the student on the first week of class and must be approved by the instructor. A final written technical report documenting that design will be required and is due the last week of class as part of Assignment #15

Optional Lab Assignments: A lab is not required for this course, but is an option available for students wishing to use NI materials in the learning process. A companion book, Modern Control Systems with LabVIEW, will be used to guide the student through the computer applications that are available and may be used in solving homework and exam problems.

Exams: There will be three exams, each worth 10% of the final grade. They will be open book, open note exams and will be administered without a proctor. Students must complete numbered exams by the end of the week indicated in the syllabus and in the classroom.

NameGrade %
Forums 10.00 %
Forum #1 2.00 %
Forum #2 0.70 %
Forum #3 0.70 %
Forum #4 0.70 %
Forum #5 0.70 %
Forum #6 0.70 %
Forum #7 0.70 %
Forum #8 0.70 %
Forum #9 0.70 %
Forum #10 0.70 %
Forum #11 0.70 %
Forum #12 1.00 %
HW Assignments 60.00 %
Assignment 1: Introduction to Control Systems 4.00 %
Assignment 2: Mathematical Models 4.00 %
Assignment 3: Block Diagram Models 4.00 %
Assignment 4: State Variable Models 4.00 %
Assignment 5: Feedback Control Systems 4.00 %
Assignment 6: Performance of Feedback Control Systems 4.00 %
Assignment 7: Stability of Linear Feedback Systems 4.00 %
Assignment 8: Root Locus Method I 4.00 %
Assignment 9: Root Locus Method II 4.00 %
Assignment 10: Frequency Response Methods 4.00 %
Assignment 11: Stability in the Frequency Domain I 4.00 %
Assignment 12: Stability in the Frequency Domain II 4.00 %
Assignment 13: Design of Feedback Control Systems I 4.00 %
Assignment 14: Design of Feedback Control Systems II 4.00 %
Assignment 15: Design of State Variable Feedback Systems Systems II 4.00 %
Exams 30.00 %
Exam 1, Part A 5.00 %
Exam 1, Part B 5.00 %
Exam 2, Part A 5.00 %
Exam 2, Part B 5.00 %
Exam 3, Part A 5.00 %
Exam 3, Part B 5.00 %

Book Title: Modern Control Systems, 12th ed. - VitalSource e-book is provided through the APUS Bookstore.
Author: Dorf & Bishop
Publication Info: Pearson
ISBN: 1269570986


Book Title: NI Student Software Suite - this item is not covered by the APUS Book Grant
Author: National Instruments
Publication Info: National Instruments
ISBN: 779252-3501


Book Title: NI Elvis Kit - this item is not covered by the APUS Book Grant
Author: National Instruments
Publication Info: National Instruments
ISBN: 780381-02


Book Title: NI myRIO Starter Accessory Kit - this item is not covered by the APUS Book Grant
Author: National Instruments
Publication Info: National Instruments
ISBN: 783068-01


Book Title: myParts Kit from Texas Instruments - this item is not covered by the APUS Book Grant
Author: National Instruments
Publication Info: National Instruments
ISBN: 783752-01


Book Title: Additional required items are available to order from the APUS Bookstore. If you buy these items from other vendors, you may not receive all the parts you need for your course. These items (as noted) are not covered by the APUS Book Grant.
Author: N/A
Publication Info: N/A
ISBN: N/A


Book Title: MATLAB and Simulink Student Suite-Not covered by the APUS Grant - available to purchase at https://www.mathworks.com/store/link/products/student/?s_tid=ac_buy_sv_cta
Author:
Publication Info:
ISBN: NTMO

Book Title:NI ELVIS II - this item is not covered by the APUS Book Grant - purchase instructions are available here: https://apus.libanswers.com/coursematerials/faq/239701
ISBN:780378-01
Publication Info:National Instruments
Author:National Instruments
Unit Cost:$2,900.00
Book Title:Modern Control Systems, 12th ed. - the VitalSource e-book is provided inside the classroom
ISBN:9780136024583
Publication Info:VS-Pearson
Author:Dorf & Bishop
Unit Cost:$125.49
Electronic ISBN:9781269536486
Electronic Unit Cost:$37.80
Book Title:*NOTE* Students may purchase NI ELVIS III instead of NI Elvis II. Additional steps will be req’d from your instructor and a power cord purchase is also req'd; power cord part# and price vary based on your location
ISBN:785578-11
Publication Info:National Instruments
Book Title:NI Student Software Suite - free access provided inside the classroom; if DVD is needed, purchase instructions are available here: https://apus.libanswers.com/coursematerials/faq/239701 (DVD not covered by the APUS Book Grant)
ISBN:779252-3501
Publication Info:National Instruments
Author:National Instruments
Unit Cost:$63.00
Book Title:NI myRIO Starter Accessory Kit - this item is not covered by the APUS Book Grant; purchase instructions are available here: https://apus.libanswers.com/coursematerials/faq/239701
ISBN:783068-01
Publication Info:National Instruments
Author:National Instruments
Unit Cost:$119.08
Book Title:MATLAB and Simulink Student Suite-Not covered by the APUS Grant - available to purchase at https://www.mathworks.com/store/link/products/student/SV?s_tid=ac_buy_sv_but1_2
ISBN:NTMO
Electronic Unit Cost:$99.00
Book Title:myParts Kit from Texas Instruments - this item is not covered by the APUS Book Grant; purchase instructions are available here: https://apus.libanswers.com/coursematerials/faq/239701
ISBN:783752-01
Publication Info:National Instruments
Author:National Instruments
Unit Cost:$72.00

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.