Introduction to Control Systems

Course #ME2801

Est.imated Completion Time: 3 months


This course presents classical analysis of feedback control systems using basic principles in the frequency domain (Bode plots) and in the s-domain (root locus). Performance criteria in the time domain such as steady-state accuracy, transient response specifications, and in the frequency domain such as bandwidth and disturbance rejection are introduced. Simple design applications using root locus and Bode plot techniques will be addressed in the course. Laboratory experiments are designed to expose the students to testing and evaluating mathematical models of physical systems, using computer simulations and hardware implementations. ME2801 and EC2300 are equivalent courses. This course can be offered as an online course.


  • AE2440
  • EC2440
  • SE2440


  • MA2121

Learning Outcomes

  1. Develop a set of analytical/mathematical tools: Laplace transforms, transfer functions, time-domain and s-domain metrics, root locus, etc.
  2. Apply these tools to model simple systems
  3. Design classical feedback controllers (PID) to improve stability and performance
  4. After completing this course you should...
  • Describe what feedback is and why it might be used
  • Be well oriented with MATLAB
  • Design your own PID compensators
  • Determine whether you like “controls”
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Academic Calendar

  •  08 Dec 2023

    Last day of classes

  •  12 Dec 2023 – 14 Dec 2023

    Fall Quarter final examinations

  •  15 Dec 2023

    Fall Quarter graduation

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