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EL1000 Automatic Control, General Course 6.0 credits

An introductory course on control systems. It provides the students with the basic engineering knowledge of dynamic systems and feedback.

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For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 programme students

Application code


Headings with content from the Course syllabus EL1000 (Autumn 2022–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course covers how feedback influences properties of dynamic system such as stability, speed of response, sensitivity and robustness. The course contains analysis and design of feedback systems with regard to these properties. In particular, the following is studied

  • basic concepts and problems: application examples of automatic control, representation of dynamic systems, input and output signals, differential equation models, transforms, transfer functions, block diagrams, impulse response, step response, poles, zeros and linearisation
  • analysis of feedback systems: stability, root locus, the Nyquist criterion, Nyquist and Bode diagrams, precision, speed of response, sensitivity and robustness
  • design of control systems with one input signal and one output signal: specifications, PID-controllers, compensation in the frequency domain, feed-forward control, time delays, state feedback, observers and pole placement
  • implementation: choice of sampling time, anti alias filters and discretisation of controllers
  • control terminology in Swedish and English.

Intended learning outcomes

After passing the course, the student shall be able to

  • formulate basic theory and definitions of important concepts in general automatic control
  • apply analysis and design methods in general automatic control.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Knowledge in differential equations and transform methods, 5,5 higher education credits, equivalent to completed course SF1683/SF1692.

Recommended prerequisites

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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • LABD - Laboratory work, 0.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • LABE - Laboratory work, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • LABF - Laboratory work, 2.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TENB - Written exam, 2.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

Electrical Engineering, Technology

Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

  • EL2820 Modelling of Dynamic Systems
  • EL2620 Nonlinear Control
  • EL2520 Control Theory and Practice, Advanced Cours
  • EL2421 Automatic Control, Project Course
  • EL2450 Hybrid and Embedded Control Systems.
  • EL2700 Model Predictive Control
  • EL2800 Stochastic Control and Optimization


Bo Wahlberg

Transitional regulations

The expiration module LABA can be examined through new module LABD

The expiration module LABB can be examined through new module LABE

The expiration module LABC can be examined through new module LABF

The expiration module TENA can be examined through new module TENB

Supplementary information

TEN, 1p, LAB1, 1p, LAB2, 2p, LAB3, 2p.

In this course, the EECS code of honor applies, see: