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
- understands the stability in both time and in the Laplace domain
- understands how to compensate disturbances
- understands how to implement feedforward, cascade and ratio control

Credits: 5

Schedule: 07.01.2025 - 02.04.2025

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Jukka Kortela

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    - 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
    - Stability analysis in both time and in the Laplace domain
    - The compensation of disturbances
    - Feedforward, cascade and ratio control

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Assignments, group project, exam

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

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


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    - Lecture slides
    - Exercise material
    - Book: Seborg et al. (2010). Process dynamics and control, 3rd edition (relevant sections will be specified).
    - Book: Ogata. (2001) Modern Control Engineering. 4th edition.

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    7 Affordable and Clean Energy

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption

    13 Climate Action


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language: English

    Teaching Period: 2024-2025 Spring III - IV
    2025-2026 Spring III - IV