Course syllabus


EIEN50, 7.5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2024/25
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering LTH
Decided by: PLED E
Date of Decision: 2024-04-02
Effective: 2024-05-08

General Information

Depth of study relative to the degree requirements: First cycle, in-depth level of the course cannot be classified
Elective for: D4-ssr, E4-ra, E4-ae, F4, I4-pr, M4-prr, M4-me, MPRR1
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English on demand


Automation is the engineering science utilizing measurements and information in real time in order to optimize material and energy flows in the best possible way. The course also gives a perspective of sustainability by examples from the interplay between energy, water and food globally. The purpose of the course is to give an overview of the different components that constitute an industrial control system and how these work and interact with each other. Another purpose is to give knowledge on the tools and methods to allow the student to independently obtain information, analysis, realisation and assessment of industrial control systems.The course combines the student's previous knowledge from several other courses, such as automatic control, mathematical statistics, measurement technology, and computer engineering, to demonstrate what automation may look like in various industrial branches.

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


Industrial processes: Where is automation applied? Examples from various industrial applications.

Structuring industrial processes: The concepts of dynamical systems and event driven systems.

Models: Continuous and time discrete dynamical systems and event driven systems.

Process monitoring: Sampling of measurement data, filtering and data analysis.

Structures for industrial control systems: Sequential control, combinatorial networks and continuous processes. Real time programming and industrial communication. Examples of commercial control systems.

The physical parts of a control system: Data acquisition and actuators.

Home simulation exercises: Discrete and dynamic systems for which two reports are handed in.

Laboratory exercises: Structuring and programming of some simple control problem in a laboratory process and programming of a human-machine-interface for that process.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH - (U, 3, 4, 5) - (Fail, Three, Four, Five)
Assessment: Assessment takes place in two parts, both in groups and individually: - For the group elements, two approved written reports from simulation exercises apply that provide an increased understanding of the basic properties of different dynamic production systems and their stability. Furthermore, the approved work task is required from three interconnected lab steps, which in the laboratory environment gradually teaches students to divide larger problems into less well-defined subproblems in order to pass programming and commissioning of a production line. - For the individual element, an approved written exam is required. - For a final passing grade, both above parts 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: 0120. Name: Automation.
Credits: 5.0. Grading scale: TH - (U, 3, 4, 5). Assessment: Approved written examination
Code: 0220. Name: Laboratory and Simulation Exercise.
Credits: 2.5. Grading scale: UG - (U, G). Assessment: Approved laboratory work and written reports


Assumed prior knowledge: FRT010/FRTF05 Automatic Control, Basic Course.
The number of participants is limited to: No
Kursen överlappar följande kurser: MIE052 MIE062 MIE080

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Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Docent Ulf Jeppsson,
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