Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


After the course, the student:
- is able to analyze process dynamics derived from physics-based modelling and experimental data
- understands basic process control approaches with a single controlled variable
- understands process dynamics and control also in the Laplace domain
- has knowledge on common instrumentation in the process industries

Credits: 5

Schedule: 12.01.2021 - 08.04.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Jukka Kortela

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Teemu Ikonen, Jukka Kortela

Contact information for the course (valid 14.12.2020-21.12.2112):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    - Process automation and information systems, their basic functions and information management
    - Measurement techniques in the process industries, instrumentation standards, data acquisition, and process flow diagrams
    - Modelling of process dynamics, Laplace transformation and transfer functions
    - PID control and tuning

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Assignments, group project, exam

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    5 cr = 135 h
    Lectures, exercises 50 h
    Assignments, self-study, group work 85 h


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    - Lecture slides
    - Exercise material
    - Book: Seborg et al. (2010). Process dynamics and control, 3rd edition (relevant sections will be specified).

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Basics of programming are recommended. Suitable courses are for example:
    - CHEM-A2600 Programming in Chemical Engineering
    - CS-A1111 Basic Course in Programming
    - CS-A1110 Programming

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