EL1000 Automatic Control, General Course 6.0 credits

Reglerteknik, allmän kurs

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

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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 should be able to

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

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

General entry requirements.

Recommended prerequisites

SF1683 Differential equations and transforms, or EQ1110 Continuous time signals and systems, or equivalent


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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

Examination *

  • LABA - Laboratory Work 1, 1.0 credits, Grading scale: P, F
  • LABB - Laboratory Work 2, 2.0 credits, Grading scale: P, F
  • LABC - Computer Project, 2.0 credits, Grading scale: P, F
  • TENA - Examination, 1.0 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.

Other requirements for final grade *

TEN 1 credit, LABA 1 credit, lab 2 credits, LABC 2 credits

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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Bo Wahlberg

Elling W Jacobsen

Henrik Sandberg

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 web

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Course web EL1000

Offered by

EECS/Intelligent Systems

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

Supplementary information

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

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