autumn 2021
ELE-3606 Control Engineering - 10 ECTS

Last changed 26.11.2021

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June. Exchange students and Fulbright students: 15 April

Type of course

The course can be taken as a single course.

Admission requirements

A relevant undergraduate Bachelor Engineering program  with minimum 25 credits mathematics, 5 credits statistics, 7,5 credits physics

Application code: 9371

Course overlap

ELE-3501 Control Engineering 5 stp

Course content

Mathematical models of dynamic systems, input-output descriptions, state-space descriptions, canonical forms, linear control, PID control. Linearization, state-space realization of input-output descriptions. Coordinate transformations, Lyapunov functions, stability analysis, local and global stability, asymptotic and exponential stability, uniform stability, invariance principle. Controllability and observability, full order and reduced order observers. Output feedback, separation principles. Lyapunov-based control, feedback linearization, integrator backstepping, passivity-based control, Sliding mode control.

Recommended prerequisites

MAT-3800 Linear Algebra II, STE-2605 Linear Systems and Control Theory

Objectives of the course

After completing the subject, the candidate will have the following learning outcome:


The candidate will gain knowledge of fundamental concepts for analysis, synthesis and design of control systems

  • state-space and time domain frameworks
  • nonlinear systems
  • linear systems and linearization
  • stability of systems and equilibrium points
  • PID control and dynamic compensation
  • Nonlinear control
  • Observers and estimators
  • Robust state feedback


  • The candidate will be able to apply common techniques and tools for design of control systems, including model-based and nonlinear control techniques, and basic computer aided methods

General competence:

  • The candidate will be able to demonstrate understanding of central, associated principles and concepts.

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

Lectures: 20 x 4 lecture hours, distributed over 4 weeks. Exercises. 


Coursework / Course requirements

  • Two mandatory written exercises

Examination and assessment

Portfolio assessment according to standard A-F grading scale, where F is fail. Final grade will be based on

  • Coursework (two mandatory exercises)
  • Four voluntary summary reports, one for each lecture week
  • Oral examination

The mandatory written exams must be approved to be allowed access to oral examination.

A re-sit oral exam will be arranged for this course.


  • About the course
  • Campus: Narvik |
  • ECTS: 10
  • Course code: ELE-3606