Course syllabus

Automatic Process Control

FRTN25, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2014/15
Decided by: Education Board B
Date of Decision: 2014-04-08

General Information

Elective for: B4-pt, K4-p
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English


The course, which is elective, is intended for students in year 3-4 in the Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology programmes. The aim is to give an overview of control engineering, its concepts, methods, and applications in chemical engineering.

After the couse the students should be able to formulate and understand mathematical models for dynamical systems, analyse dynamical systems, and design controllers for dynamical systems. The course is divided into three modules: modeling, analysis, and synthesis.

Control plays a major role in most parts of our society. In earlier courses the students have learnt how to model and understand system behaviour. The aim of this course is to learn the students how to make a system operator more reliable, in a more environment-friendly way, with better precision, or in a more economical way, in spite of external disturbances acting on the system. The word system has a very general interpretation. It can, for example, be a reactor, a heat exchanger, or a waste water treatment plant. The course teaches a systems-oriented way of thinking which the students can make use of in their future careers, independent of the actual application area.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must


Course modules:


The course contains laboratory exercises that are connected to the main topics of the course.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: Written exam (5 hours), three laboratory exercises, two hand in problems, and one small project. In the case of less than five registered students, the second and third exam may be given on oral form.

Code: 0115. Name: Examination.
Credits: 5,5. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Passed exam.
Code: 0215. Name: Laboratory Work 1.
Credits: 0,5. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Preparation exercises and approved participation in laboratory.
Code: 0315. Name: Laboratory Work 2.
Credits: 0,5. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Preparation exercises and approved participation in laboratory.
Code: 0415. Name: Hand In Problem 1.
Credits: 0. Grading scale: UG.
Code: 0515. Name: Hand-in problem 2.
Credits: 0. Grading scale: UG.
Code: 0615. Name: Small Project.
Credits: 1. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Written report and oral presentation.


Required prior knowledge: FMA 420 Linear Algebra, FMAA01 Calculus in One Variable, FMA430 Calculus in Several Variables.
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: FRT010, FRT110, FRT081

Reading list

Contact and other information

Teacher: Docent Anton Cervin,
Director of studies: Professor Karl-Erik Årzén,
Course coordinator: Martina Maggio,
Course homepage:
Further information: May not be part of an exam together with FRT010, FRT081 or FRT110.