Module Catalogue 2024/25

NUS8301 : Industrial Control Systems

NUS8301 : Industrial Control Systems

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Khalid Abidi
  • Lecturer: Dr Pavan Kumar Naraharisetti
  • Owning School: NUIS
  • Teaching Location: Singapore

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System

Modules you must have done previously to study this module

Pre Requisite Comment



Modules you need to take at the same time

Co Requisite Comment



This module aims to provide knowledge and skills in Industrial Control Systems. Students will be able to tune controllers and also know how to design a stable control system. They will even know about control systems integration and best practices

Outline Of Syllabus

1. Control systems and process operations.
2. Laplace transform (1st and 2nd order processes).
3. Feedback and feedforward control.
4. Frequency domain analysis, stability and dynamic behaviour of linear systems in
feedback control.
5. Non-linearity and time delay in feedback control.
6. Controller tuning, Nyquist Criterion.
7. Single loop digital controllers, PLC based loop and sequence control
8. Introduction to distributed control systems, principles of batch process control,
introduction to Enterprise-Control System Integration
9. Introduction to Optimal Control
10. Control of System of Systems (Co-ordinated and Co-operation control schemes)

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

At the end of the module, students should have knowledge of:
•       Mathematical modelling for design of control systems.
•       The different control strategies.
•       How to tune control systems.
•       PLC, enterprise-wide control and optimal control.

Intended Skill Outcomes

At the end of the module, students should be able to:
•       Develop mathematical formulations of systems using first-principles modelling.
•       Design and build an appropriate control system.
•       Improve the performance of a control system using advanced controller tuning methods.
•       Discuss the (dis)advantages of different control architectures with a view on improving the same.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture122:3030:00Lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion218:0036:00Coursework assignment preparation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture160:0060:00Review lecture notes, general and background reading, reading specified articles, practice problems
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Final exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion122:0024:00Revision for exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching121:0012:00Tutorials
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study121:0012:00Tutorial preparation
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study122:0024:00Lecture follow-up
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The teaching is conducted via lectures and tutorial with small group discussions during class. This is complemented with self-study and preparation of tutorial solutions, coursework/project and final examination to provide feedback on student learning. Teaching materials are made available to the students online for self-study and preparation at their own pace. Tutorial classes enable students to ask questions and clarify any doubts.

Due to the emerging Covid-19 situation, it is likely that some or all of the classes are conducted online. Attendance will be taken irrespective of whether the class is online or face-to-face, and students are expected to switch on their camera for online classes.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A80Final exam
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M20Hardware-based assignment on implementation of control systems using either DSpace/PLC etc
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MTheory-based assignment on designing control systems, studying the dynamic response and doing stability analysis
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The written exam enables students to demonstrate understanding, and apply knowledge and skills learnt to solve engineering problems. Coursework assignment provides students more time to think about larger issues and provide engineering solutions to them. This will also allow them to work as a team to handle more substantial problems.

Coursework 1 - Theory-based assignment on designing control systems, studying the dynamic response and doing stability analysis will be given. Individual/team assignment with a report that has a maximum of 1500 words/student.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


Welcome to Newcastle University Module Catalogue

This is where you will be able to find all key information about modules on your programme of study. It will help you make an informed decision on the options available to you within your programme.

You may have some queries about the modules available to you. Your school office will be able to signpost you to someone who will support you with any queries.


The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2024 academic year.

In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described.

Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2025/26 entry will be published here in early-April 2025. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.