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Basic Automatic Control 7.5 credits

Grundläggande reglerteknik
First cycle, R0001E
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2021 Sp 1 - Present
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Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Control Engineering
Subject group (SCB)
Automation Technology

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language and knowledge of differential equations and complex numbers, corresponding to the course M0039M Mathematics III - Differential equations and transforms. Alternative: Alternative to completed courses can be corresponding knowledge acquired through work within the processindustry or electronics sector.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 1-165 credits.

Course Aim
The course aim is for students to acquire basic knowledge of feedback systems, their design and their use in control engineering applications.
The students should have the skills and knowledge to:
  • demonstrate knowledge of basic methods and terminology of automatic control and the hardware necessary in a control system
  • demonstrate a basic knowledge of proven methods for designing controllers.
  • demonstrate the ability to model and simulate dynamic systems.
  • using mathematical methods to analyze the static, dynamic and frequency characteristics of dynamic systems.
  • use standard methods for designing and analyzing controllers.
  • demonstrate an ability to, in a team, design and implement controllers, as well as evaluate their performance for a real process.
  • demonstrate the ability to, both orally and in writing, report on the practical work of modeling, design and implementation of closed loop control  for a real process.

Introduction: Examples of modern control systems. Terms and definitions. Models: Differential equations of physical dynamic systems. Control Mathematics: The Laplace transform. Block diagram models. Linearization. Simulation: MATLAB Feedback Control: Properties of Feedback. Steady-state Tracking. PID-controllers. Anti-windup compensation. Stability. Stability criterions. The Frequency-response Design Method: The Bode plot technique. Stability and stability margins. Controller design: Ziegler-Nichols methods. Frequency design methods. Digital Control: Digitization. The transfer function of sampled-data systems. Translating of analog design. Discrete design. Hardware characteristics. Sampling-rate selection.

Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.
The teaching consists of lectures, seminars and lab work. The lectures are pre-recorded and the seminars (voluntary) are held in the form of web meetings. The lab assignments are performed independently in groups of no more than 3 students and the results are demonstrated in writing and orally in a web meeting. The course is given in Swedish.

If there is a decision on special educational support, in accordance with the Guideline Student's rights and obligations at Luleå University of Technology, an adapted or alternative form of examination can be provided.
Written exam with differentiated grades and approved lab work.

This course can not be a substitute for R0002E/SMR051 Modelling and Control.

Andreas Johansson

Transition terms
The course R0001E is equal to SMR043

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2010 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Thomas, Bertil: Modern Reglerteknik med övningsbok . Liber. (in Swedish)

Course offered by
Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleHPStatusFrom periodTitle
0002Laboratory workU G#1.50MandatoryA07
0003Written examG U 3 4 56.00MandatoryA21

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.

Syllabus established
by the Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering 28 Feb 2007

Last revised
by Jonny Johansson, HUL SRT 16 Feb 2021