Advanced Digital Control

Module nameAdvanced Digital Control
Type of moduleSelectable mandatory module
Learning results,
competencies, qualification goals
The student is able to:
  • model, implement and analyse processes,
  • test, create and evaluate open and closed control algorithms in models and programmes,
  • verify and validate software modules,
  • document and evaluate results critically.

Learning results with regard to the objectives of the course of study:
  • Gaining deeper insight into the mathematical and natural science areas
  • Gaining a deeper knowledge about the specific electrical fundamentals
  • Acquiring enhanced and applied subject-specific basics
  • Identifying and classifying complex electro-technical and inter-disciplinary tasks
  • Being confident in the ability to use and evaluate analytical methods
  • Being able to create and evaluate solving methods independently
  • Familiarising oneself with new areas of knowledge, running searches and assessing the results
  • Gaining important and profound experience in the area of practical technical skills and engineering activities
  • Working and researching in national and international contexts
Types of courses4 SWS (semester periods per week):       2 SWS lecture
                                                                 2 SWS exercise
Course contents
  • Structured design of digital control algorithms
  • Modelling and analysing industrial processes
  • Methods for the verification and validation of modules
  • Transposing time-continuous processes and procedures into digital methods that are process computer-supported
Teaching and learning methods
(forms of teaching and learning)
Lecture, presentation, learning by teaching, self-regulated learning, problem-based learning
Frequency of the module offeringWinter term
Requirements for the
participation in the module
Prerequisites according to examination regulations
Student  workload180 h:   60 h attendance studies
             120 h personal studies
Academic performancesAcademic performance: 2 documentations/reports
Precondition for the
admission to the
examination performance
Examination performanceWritten examination 120-180 min. or oral examination 20-40 min.
Number of credits
of the module
6 credits and 1 credit of them applies to the integrated key competencies
In charge of the moduleDr. Michael Schwarz
Teacher of the moduleDr. Michael Schwarz and co-workers
Forms of mediaProjector, black board, piece of paper, demonstrations and design work at the PC
Literature references
  • Günter Wellenreuther, Dieter Zastrow, Automatisieren mit SPS – Theorie und Praxis. Viegweg+Teubner, GMV Fachverlage GmbH, 2011,
  • L. Litz, Grundlagen der Automatisierungstechnik, Oldenburg Wissenschaftsverlag GmbH 2005,
  • Äström, Karl J. ; Hägglund, Tore, PID controllers, Research Triangle Park, NC : Instrument Soc. of America, 1995
  • Grimble M. Robust Industrial Control Systems. Wiley, 2006
  • Landau, I. D. ; Zito, G. Digital control systems design, identification and implementation, London : Springer, 2006
  • More reference literature is going to be recommended in the course.
  • Goble, W. M., Control systems safety evaluation and reliability, 3rd ed. ISA resources for measurement and control series. Research Triangle Park, N.C: International Society of Automation, 2010.
  • Goble, W. M. and Goble, W. M. E. c. s. r., Control systems safety evaluation and reliability, 2nd ed. Resources for measurement and control series. Research Triangle Park, N.C. ISA, 1998.
  • Birolini, A., Zuverlässigkeit von Geräten und Systemen. Springer eBook Collection Computer Science and Engineering. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 1997.
  • Schnieder, L. and Hosse, R. S., Leitfaden Safety of the Intended Functionality: Verfeinerung der Sicherheit der Sollfunktion auf dem Weg zum autonomen Fahren /  Lars Schnieder, René S. Hosse, Second edition. essentials. Wiesbaden: Springer Vieweg, 2020.
  • Gregorius, C., ed., Funktionale Sicherheit von Maschinen: Praktische Anwendung der DIN EN ISO 13849-1, 1. Auflage. Beuth Praxis Maschinenbau. Berlin: Beuth Verlag, 2016.
  • Montenegro, S., Sichere und fehlertolerante Steuerungen: Entwicklung sicherheitsrelevanter Systeme. München, Wien: Carl Hanser Verlag, 1999.
  • Kumamoto, H. and Henley, E. J., Probabilistic risk assessment and management for engineers and scientists, 2nd ed. New York: IEEE Press, 1996.

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