Module Catalogue 2016/17

EEE8105 : Distributed Control Systems (MEng)

  • Offered for Year: 2016/17
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Mohammed Elgendy
  • Owning School: Electrical & Electronic Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
Pre Requisites
Code Title
EEE3001Linear Controller Design and State Space Analysis
Pre Requisite Comment

Or equivalent.

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



1. To present the development of distributed control systems in a manufacturing environment.
2. To communicate standard bus structures and their applications.

Outline Of Syllabus

Historical description and development of distributed control systems; study of automation concept, controllers, sensor/ actuators technology, open communication protocol for Networks, PLCs concept and programming; distributed control system concept; Flexible manufacturing systems; Information Technology (IT) and the Just In Time (JIT) concept; a distributed control system arena and the components of a production unit; networking concept and benefits; production quality; example of network topology and protocols; Network selection for specific application.
IEE standards; other standards; criteria for bus selection; ISO/ OSI seven layer reference model; reduced ISO/ OSI layers; example of latest I/ O devices used in integrated systems; Use of microcontroller concept in I/ O devices and comparison; embedded system with network capability.
Introduction to popular Fieldbus models. PCL and IEC1131-3 programming concept; Study of 5 different programming by means of examples.
Distributed control systems (DCS) to include fundamental understanding and the important aspects of integrating autonomous intelligent devices which are capable of supporting processes which co-ordinate their activites and exchange information by means of a communication network. To study the importance of information technology for reducing waste, processing time, number of defective products, lower failure rate, easier identification of bottlenecks, better production scheduling, greater flexibility, ability to identify deterioration in equipment before actual failure and above all the necessity of Just in Time capability. Introduction to Control Area Network, CAN.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

1. An understanding of industrial distributed control systems.
2. An awareness of commonly employed buses.
3. How devices may be controlled through bus structures.

Intended Skill Outcomes

Ability to analyse and design control systems for industrial applications.

Graduate Skills Framework

Graduate Skills Framework Applicable: Yes
  • Cognitive/Intellectual Skills
    • Critical Thinking : Present
    • Numeracy : Assessed
    • Literacy : Assessed
    • Information Literacy
      • Use Of Computer Applications : Present
  • Self Management
    • Personal Enterprise
      • Initiative : Assessed
      • Problem Solving : Assessed
  • Interaction
    • Communication
      • Written Other : Assessed
  • Application
    • Commercial Acumen
      • Business Planning : Present

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion240:3012:00Revision for final exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Final exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture122:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study162:0062:00Reviewing lecture notes; general reading
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
EEE8006Distributed Control Systems
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures provide core material and guidance for further reading, problem solving practice is integrated into lecture structure.
Topic is supported by case studies.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A100N/A
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
EEE8006Distributed Control Systems2N/A
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination provides the opportunity for the student to demonstrate their understanding of the course material. The problem solving aspects of the assessment enable the student to demonstrate that they are able to apply this understanding and their analysis and synthesis skills to novel situations.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes

Original Handbook text:

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