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EEE8151 : Distributed Control Systems

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Mohammed Elgendy
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

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

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


Advancing Information Technology knowledge concerning Industrial Automation and its utilization within manufacturing applications.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module introduces Distributed Control Systems (DCSs) and their distinctions from centralized control systems and SCADA Systems. It covers the core components, network structures, MAC methods, and Network Protocols of DCSs. As a case study of DCSs, the Controller Area Network (CAN) will then be discussed in detail. Additionally, advanced versions of DCSs will be explored.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion18:008:00Preparation for coursework assessment.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Final exam.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture152:0030:00Lectures.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion124:0024:00Revision for final exam.
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities132:0032:00Completion of the summatively assessed coursework
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities152:0030:00Reading activity to supplement knowledge of material taught.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery81:008:00One timetabled optional virtual session for students to attend if they have any queries.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study166:0066:00Reviewing lecture notes; general reading,
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures provide core material and guidance for further reading.
Problem-solving practice is integrated into the lecture structure.
Coursework provides examples of knowledge implementation.
The topic is supported by case studies.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A75N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M25Summatively assessed individual piece of coursework 2000 words
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 exercise2MTutorials formatively assessed using discussion boards and within the synchronous teaching sessions.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination allows students to demonstrate their ability to solve engineering problems focused on distributed control systems, assessing knowledge outcomes 1, 3 and 4– 5 and skill outcomes 1 and 3.
The summatively assessed piece of coursework assesses knowledge outcome 2 and skill outcome 2.
The formatively assessed tutorials will be solved during the lectures or using discussion boards. These assess knowledge outcome 1.

Reading Lists