Spring 2017 Syllabus
Fairfield University School of Engineering
Course Number: EG300/ME400 
Course Name: Feedback and Control Systems 
Course Time: Mon/Thurs 3:304:45 
Course Location: BNW 341 
Schedule: 1/20/165/2/16 
Final Exam: Laboratory Project 
Instructor: Jeffrey Denenberg 
Office: BNW 301C 
Office Phone: 2032544000x3330 
Hours: M/T/R/F 2:003:00 or by appt. 
Email1: jeffrey.denenberg@ieee.org 
Goggle Voice: 2035139427 
Email2: jdenenberg@fairfield.edu 
This course emphasizes analysis and synthesis of closedloop control systems using classical and statespace approaches with an emphasis on electromechanical systems. The mathematical requirements include the Laplace transform methods of solving differential equations, matrix algebra, and basic complex variables. Discussion of classical controlsystem design includes modeling of dynamic systems, block diagram representation, time and frequency domain methods, transient and steady state response, stability criteria, controller action (proportional; proportional and integral; proportional, integral, and derivative; and pseudoderivatives feedback), root locus methods, the methods of Nyquist and Bode, and dynamics compensation techniques. Discussion of statespace methods includes formulation and solution (analytical and computerbased) of state equations, and poleplacement design. The course integrates computeraided analysis and design tools (MATLAB and Simulink) to ensure relevance to the design of realworld controlled electromechanical systems. The course also includes lab (hardwarebased) exercises.
Prerequisites: MA 321, MC290 or EE301
Nise, Norman S., Control Systems Engineering, 7^{th} ed., Wiley, 2011, ISBN: 9781118170519
Feedback and Control Systems, Schaum's Outlines, McGrawHill 1990, ISBN 0070170525
Control System Video Lectures, Benjamin Drew, UWE Bristol
Control System MatLab Tutorials, Bill Messner,  CMU (now at Tuffs), Dawn Tilbury  UMich
1. MatLab and Simulink (download directly from mathworks following instructions posted on Blackboard).
2. Recommended general computer requirements – PC running Windows 10 or later, Adobe reader, highspeed internet access, Internet Explorer or Firefox browser. You may encounter difficulties with the lectures, simulation software, or internet testing software if you use Mac OS or Linux. Please check all software compatibilities for your system promptly.
No. 
Objective 
Outcomes 
1 
Understand the fundamental concepts and principles of feedback control of dynamic systems. 
Students will understand the
fundamental concepts and principles of feedback control of dynamic systems. 
2 
Students
will use the Laplace transforms to find the system parameters, and
determination of the response of systems to inputs including the step,
impulse, and ramp. 

3 
Understand the classical methods of control system analysis to find the system parameters and response to inputs. 
Students will develop system models using block diagrams, steady state errors, system stability, and frequency response by Bode and Nyquist methods. (2, a, Synthesis) 
4 
Students
will use the Root Locus, Bode, Nichols methods for the analysis and design of
feedback control systems. 

5 
Understand the modern or StateSpace representation of systems and their analysis. 
Students
will develop the state space analysis and design method for the feedback
control systems. 
6 
Students will demonstrate the use and application of MatLab software to the above. (2, 3, k, Application) 
*Objectives, ABET a‑k outcomes (a, b, c, k), and Bloom Cognitive Level in parenthesis
Grade allocation:
Quizzes (5 of 7 count) 
40% 
Course Exams 
40% 
Lab Project 
20% 
Total 
100% 
The purpose of the exams is to convey your understanding of the material; therefore, it is important that you show your work. Even if you feel that the solution to a problem is obvious; you must still explain why it is obvious. Furthermore; if you are asked to solve a problem using a given technique; then please use that technique; otherwise, I have no way to judge your understanding of the technique being tested.
Homework will be assigned from the book as your primary preparation for the exams. We will review select homework problems in class and you will be asked to work them on the board for a participation grade. Homework must be completed on time or it will not help with the quizzes. We will also incorporate design problems as appropriate to the material. These problems are designed to challenge you to think beyond what the book has told you, and do real engineering. There may be more than one correct answer. Quizzes will be the primary factor in your HW grade.
If you understand how to do the homework problems you will have an easier time with the Quizes.
Working with classmates to study, resolve problems, and learn the material is expected and encouraged during normal course work. However, during individual evaluations (e.g. quizzes, exams, individual projects, etc.) you are expected to comply with all standards of academic honesty. You will be graded fairly, and so your work should fairly represent your knowledge, abilities, and effort, not that of others. Any breach of integrity (including but not limited to: copying solutions, internet solutions, copying from peers, claiming work or designs without proper citation, etc.), will not only impact your ability to learn the material and my ability to help you through proper feedback, it will result in academic penalty. Any individual found in breach of this code will fail the afflicted assignment and will be asked to meet privately; any other offenses will be referred to the Dean for further action, and could result in penalties as severe as expulsion from the University.
If you have a documented disability and wish to discuss academic accommodations, please contact: David RyanSoderlund at Academic and Disability Support Services (203) 2544000, x2615, or email drsoderlund@mail.fairfield.edu, and notify the course instructor within the first two weeks of the semester.
TEACHER:
Distribute syllabus.
Review the material described in the syllabus.
Explain material.
Identify additional materials, Internet sites or books that clarify the material.
Relate material to "real world" situations when possible.
Answer questions.
Be
available to discuss problems.
Be receptive to new ideas.
Announce business/class conflicts in advance.
Make up missed classes.
Prepare and administer exams and projects.
Grade fairly.
Assign appropriate homework problems.
STUDENT:
Be familiar with the prerequisite material
Ask questions.
Stay current.
Study the material described in the syllabus, preferably before it is covered in class.
Complete the assigned homework (all chapter problems with answers).
Obtain class notes and homework if a class is missed.
Use the library and the Internet to obtain supplemental material.
Prepare for exams.
Ask for help (tutors are available for assistance)
Follow standards of academic integrity.
Note: All exams in this course are open book,
but not open computer (or phone) so relying on an eBook or PDF will put you at
a disadvantage.
Class Topics and Order of Material
Week 
Date 
Topic 
Materials 
Homework 
Outcome 
1 
1/18 
C1: Review Qs; P #2, 8 , 14, 17, 19, 23 
1 

2 
1/23, 
Modeling
 Frequency Domain 
C2: Expl 2.1, 2.2; Rev. #4, 8, 12; P #5, 6, 14, 22, 24, 29, 30, 41, 55, 61 
2 

3 
1/30, 2/2 
Modeling  Time Domain Q1, Review HW2 
C3: Expl 3.1, 3.2 ;Rev. #2, 7, 11 P #6, 13, 15, 21, 26, 32

2 

4 
2/6, 2/9 
Time
Response, 

C4: Expl 4.1, 4.2; Rev. #6, 10, 20; P #8c,d, 18c,d, 34, 37, 49, 58, 67, 75, 83

2

5 
2/13, 2/16 
Q2, Lab.
Discussion, Est. Groups 

3 

6 
2/20 2/21, 
President’s Day – No Classes 


3 
7 
2/27, 3/2 
Stability 

C6: Rev # 1, 6, 16

3 
8 
3/6, 3/9 
SteadyState Errors Review for Exam 1 

C7: Expl 7.1; Rev #8, 15, 16; P #4, 22, 34, 53



3/13, 3/16 
Spring Break* 


3 
9 
3/20, 3/23 
Exam 1 (Ch. 15) 



10 
3/27, 
Root
Locus Techniques 
C8:
Rev #6, 13; P # 32, 71 
4 

11 
4/3, 4/6 
Review HW8, HW9 Frequency Resp. Techniques 


4,6 
12 
4/10, 4/13 
Design
Via Frequency Response 
11^{1} Dorf ch10 
Feedback in Power Electronics (Mohan #12), 
2,6 
13 
4/17, 4/20 
Easter Break* 


5,6 
14 
4/24, 4/27 
Review
for Exam 2 


4,6 
15 
5/1, 
Exam 2 reprise 

*No Class. ^{1} These lectures use notes from sources other than the Text