Course Syllabus for


EIEN50F, 7.5 credits

Valid from: Spring 2021
Decided by: Professor Thomas Johansson
Date of establishment: 2021-06-24

General Information

Division: Industrial Electrical Engineering and Automation
Course type: Course given jointly for second and third cycle
The course is also given at second-cycle level with course code: EIEN50
Teaching languages: English, Swedish


Automation is the engineering science utilizing measurements and information in real time in order to optimize material and energy flows in the best possible way. The course also gives a perspective of sustainability and the interplay between energy, water and food globally. The purpose of the course is to give an overview of the different components that constitute an industrial control system and how these work and interact with each other. Another purpose is to give knowledge on the tools and methods to allow the student to independently obtain information, analysis, realisation and assessment of industrial control systems.The course combines the student's previous knowledge from several other courses, such as automatic control, mathematical statistics, measurement technology, and computer engineering, to demonstrate what automation may look like in various industrial branches.


Knowledge and Understanding

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Competences and Skills

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Judgement and Approach

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Course Contents

Industrial processes: Where is automation applied? Examples from various industrial applications. Structuring industrial processes: The concepts of dynamical systems and event driven systems. Models: Continuous and time discrete dynamical systems and event driven systems. Process monitoring: Sampling of measurement data, filtering and data analysis. Structures for industrial control systems: Sequential control, combinatorial networks and continuous processes. Real time programming and industrial communication. Examples of commercial control systems. The physical parts of a control system: Data acquisition and actuators. Home simulation exercises: Discrete and dynamic systems for which two reports are handed in. Laboratory exercises: Structuring and programming of a simple control problem in a laboratory process.

Course Literature

Gustaf Olsson, C.: Industrial Automation. IEA, LTH, 2005.

Instruction Details

Types of instruction: Lectures, seminars, laboratory exercises, exercises

Examination Details

Examination formats: Written exam, written report, miscellaneous. Prestationsbedömning - Two approved written reports from simulation exercises apply that provide an increased understanding of the basic properties of different dynamic production systems and their stability. Furthermore, the approved work task is required from three interconnected lab steps, which in the laboratory environment gradually teaches students to divide larger problems into less well-defined subproblems in order to pass programming and commissioning of a production line. - Finally, an approved written exam is required.
Grading scale: Failed, pass
Examiner: Senior lecturer Ulf Jeppsson

Admission Details

Assumed prior knowledge: FRT010/FRTF05 Automatic Control, Basic Course
Minimum number of participants: 1

Further Information

Examiner: Ulf Jeppsson

Course Occasion Information

Start date: 2024-01-17
End date: 2024-06-02
Course pace: Full time

Application Information

Apply by email to Course Coordinator

Contact and Other Information

Course coordinator: Ulf Jeppsson <>
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