Spring 2018 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: Bannow GR22 
Schedule: 1/20/165/2/16 
Final
Exam: Laboratory Project 
Instructor: Jeffrey Denenberg 
Office: BNW 301C 
Office Phone: 2032544000x3330 
Hours:
M/T/W/R 5:006:00 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, 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, Application) 
*Objectives, ABET
Criteria outcomes (1  7),
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
about these homework assignments will be the primary factor in your HW grade.
If you have attempted and understand how to do the homework problems
you will have an easier time with the Quizzes.
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 
1/22,

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 
1/29,
2/1 
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 
2/5,
2/8 
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 
2/12, 2/15 
Q2, Lab. Discussion, Est. Groups 

3 

6 
2/19 2/20,

President’s Day – No Classes 


3 
7 
2/27,
3/1 
Stability 

C6:
Rev # 1, 6, 16 
3 
8 
3/5, 3/8 
SteadyState Errors Review for Exam 1 

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


3/12, 3/15 
Spring Break* 


3 
9 
3/19, 3/22 
Exam 1 (Ch. 15) 



10 
3/26,

Root Locus Techniques 
C8:
Rev #6, 13; P # 32, 71 
4 

11 
4/2, 4/5 
Easter Break – No Class Review HW8, HW9 
Intro^{1} 

4,6 
12 
4/9, 4/12 
Nyquist Plots 
Bode/Nyquist^{1} 
Feedback
in Power Electronics (Mohan #12), 
2,6 
13 
4/16, 4/19 
Q8/9 


5,6 
14 
4/23, 4/26 
Review for Exam 2 


4,6 
15 
4/30, 
Exam 2 reprise – Last day to upload your Laboratory Experience 

^{1} These lectures use notes from sources other than the Text