Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope"

Teaching schedule

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Course of Master's Degree Programme on MANAGEMENT ENGINEERING
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Second semester
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Course description

Expected learning outcomes (reported in accordance with Dublin Descriptors).

- Knowledge and understanding: Achieving of the basic engineering knowledge of dynamic systems and feedback control; understanding how to model and analyze linear dynamic systems; describing and explaining how feedback mechanisms affect system properties such as stability, speed of response, precision, sensitivity and robustness.

Applying knowledge and understanding: capability to determine the characteristics of dynamic systems on the basis of their mathematical and graphic representations and to evaluate the performance of feedback control systems; ability of devising and implementing feedback control systems that guarantee a set of desired properties; use of Matlab/Simulink software in order to model and analyze LTI systems and design and evaluate the performance of closed loop control systems; ability of identifying the suitable approaches for control system synthesis problems.

Making judgements: develop the ability to critically evaluate the results of dynamic systems analysis and control.

Communication skills: develop the skills to clearly describe procedures and results of dynamic systems analysis and control.

Learning skills: exploiting knowledge from various sources in order to achieve a broad view of the problems related with the dynamic systems behavior and control.


Differential and integral calculus and analysis. Algebra and matrix calculus. Complex analysis.


Analysis of linear time-invariant (LTI) dynamical systems in the time and frequency domains: definition and classification of dynamical systems; free and forced evolution; stability analysis; definition and properties of Laplace transform; transfer function; frequency domain analysis; Bode diagrams.

Key concepts in control: feedback and feedforward controls; block diagrams; steady-state and transient requirements.

Design methods of feedback control systems for linear dynamic system: Nyquist plots and Nyquist criterion; stability margins; Nichols plots and Nichols charts; PID controller.

Using MATLAB/Simulink for modeling and analysing linear dynamic systems and designing feedback systems.

Teaching Methods

Lectures and laboratory sessions (72 hours) by using Matlab/Simulink software.


Introduction to Dynamic Systems: Theory, Models, and Applications, D. G. Luenberger. John Wiley & Sons.

Fondamenti di Controlli Automatici, 4° Ed , P. Bolzern, R. Scattolini, N. Schiavoni. McGraw-Hill (Italian).

Modern Control Engineering, 3rd Edition, K. Ogata, Prentice Hall, (2004).

Learning assessment

Final exam consists of a written examination and an oral discussion of a project about the analysis of the dynamics of a linear system and the device of a closed-loop control system with desired characteristics.

The written examination consists of several exercises (3 or 4) with the aim to verify the capability to analyze the behavior of dynamic systems and to design feedback control systems for linear systems.

The oral examination consists of discussion of a report of the project that the student will develop with the aim to model and analyze the behavior of a physical system and devise a closed-loop control system that guarantees a set of desired properties such as stability, speed of response, precision, sensitivity and robustness. The student will use Matlab/Simulink software for verifying the obtained results.

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