Course syllabus

Systems Engineering

FRT110, 6 credits, G2 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2016/17
Decided by: Education Board B
Date of Decision: 2016-03-29

General Information

Main field: Technology.
Compulsory for: W3
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English


The aim of the course is to give an overview of systems engineering, in particular control engineering, and its concepts, methods, and application areas. The course also develops the skills in using computer-based analysis and simulation tools.

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 operate 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 an atomic energy microscope 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


The course gives insight in the use of systems engineerings-based analysis methods and dynamical models for feedback systems. It also provides tools for the design of simple controllers.

Important areas are mathemical models of simple control loops and analysis of their dynamics. Computer tools are used for analysis, synthesis, and implementation.

The course contains computer-based exercises and laboratory experiments on real model processes.

Course modules: Introduction, Modelling, Dynamical systems, Feedback, PID design, Controller structures, Frequency domain analysis

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: Written exam (5 hours), hand-in problems, laboratory exercises.

Code: 0115. Name: Systems Engineering.
Credits: 5. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Passed exam.
Code: 0215. Name: Laboratory 1.
Credits: 0,5. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Preparation exercises and approved participation in laboratory.
Code: 0315. Name: Laboratory 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.


Required prior knowledge: FMA430 Calculus in Several Variables, FAFA20 Energy and Environmental Physics, Matlab.
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: FRTN25, FRT010, 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 FRTN25.