Fundamental Control Theory


Prerequisite/Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

The module is based on knowledge achieved in the modules Calculus, Linear algebra and Applied engineering mathematics or similar.

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


  • Have knowledge about modelling of physical systems and their dynamics
  • Have knowledge about methods for linearisation of non-linear systems
  • Have understanding for steady state and transient response of a system, including system order and type and the influence of placement of poles and zeros
  • Have understanding of the terms open loop and closed loop
  • Be able to understand the frequency response of a system
  • Have understanding of absolute and relative stability and methods for analysing the stability of a system
  • Have understanding of root locus analysis and knowledge about designing controllers based on root locus techniques
  • Have understanding of controller development and design based on frequency response approaches

Have knowledge about practical implementation of controllers


  • Be able to model and analyse simple dynamical systems (electrical, mechanical and thermal) and understand the analogy between these
  • Be able to set up linear models of dynamical systems using block diagrams and transfer functions
  • Be able to use elements from control theory to specify performance criteria
  • Be able to analyse a systems response and stability using linear methods
  • Be able to select suited controllers and predict/evaluate their influence on a given systems response
  • Be able to dimension a linear controller for a given system so performance requirements are met
  • Be able to judge the problem at hand and the used solution method as well as disseminate results for a technical audience


  • Be able to handle development oriented situations in relation to fundamental control theory and modelling
  • Independently be able to participate in professional and multidisciplinary collaboration with a professional approach with regard to fundamental control theory
  • Be able to identify own learning needs and structure own learning with regard to fundamental control theory

Type of instruction

The programme is based on a combination of academic, problem oriented and interdisciplinary approaches and organised based on the following types of instruction that combine skills and re-flection: - lectures - class teaching - project work - workshops - exercises (individually and in groups) - teacher feedback - professional reflection - portfolio work - laboratory work

Extent and expected workload

Since it is a 5 ECTS course, the work load is expected to be 150 hours for the student.



Name of examFundamental Control Theory
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleGrundlæggende regulering
Module codeN-EN-B4-2
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionDanish and English
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg, Campus Esbjerg
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Energy
DepartmentDepartment of Energy Technology
FacultyFaculty of Engineering and Science