BI3SI16-System Identification and Control

Module Provider: School of Biological Sciences
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Prof Ying Zheng


Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module aims to introduce students to the fundamentals of computer control and system identification.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module the students should be able to analyse and design computer controlled systems, to understand the system identification process and to use linear system identification methods for modelling dynamical systems

Additional outcomes:
EA2 topics: Control system design and analysis

Outline content:
Computer Control (10 lectures): Introduction to computer controlled systems. Sampling. Self-tuning regulator. Minimum variance control. Adaptive pole placement control. Deadbeat control. Introduction to fuzzy control.

System Identification (10 lectures): Introduction to system identification. The least squares method. Linear model structures: ARX and ARMAX. Pseudo-linear regression for ARMAX models. Determining the model structure. Model validation. Instrumental variables method. Recursive least squares identification.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The module comprises 2 lectures per week, and one assignment.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Tutorials 1
Guided independent study 76 3
Total hours by term 96.00 4.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 70
Written assignment including essay 30

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Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

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Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:

    Reassessment arrangements:
    By Examination in August/Spetember.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 20 April 2018


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