Course syllabus

Automation för komplexa system
Automation for Complex Systems

EIEN35, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2023/24
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering, LTH
Decided by: PLED E
Date of Decision: 2023-04-11

General Information

Elective for: D4-ssr, E4-ra, E4-ae, F4, I4, M4-prr
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English on demand


The purpose of the course is to provide understanding for the problems that appear in large and complex industrial automation systems. The course also gives a perspective of sustainability and the interplay between energy, water and food globally. Another purpose is to give fundamental knowledge about the tools and methods used for realisation, analysis and assessment of industrial automation systems. Many complex industrial systems today include a very large number of measurement points, controllers and actuators. A large process industry may include more than 200 000 measurement points. This requires large computer control systems and the handling of huge amounts of information. How can the information from such a large number of units be systematically condensed? The course describes and analyses how to structure this kind of complex systems. The primary goal of the course is to coordinate many unit processes or machines to properly conduct such an “industrial orchestra”.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

be able to individually


Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

be able to individually


Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

be able to individually



Examination details

Grading scale: TH - (U,3,4,5) - (Fail, Three, Four, Five)
Assessment: Written exam. For completion of the course, simulation exercises (two written reports) and a laboratory project (practical demonstration, report) must be approved.

The examiner, in consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a permanently disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.

Code: 0117. Name: Automation for Complex Systems.
Credits: 7,5. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Written examination
Code: 0217. Name: Laboration Project.
Credits: 0. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Laboratory work and written reports
Code: 0317. Name: Written Assignment.
Credits: 0. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Written examination


Assumed prior knowledge: EIEN50/EIEF45 Automation.
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: MIE090

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Associate Professor Gunnar Lindstedt,
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