Process Instrumentation and Control
University College Dublin
Area of Study
Biological Systems Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Engineering Science and Math
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits2.5 - 3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units3.75 - 4.5
Hours & Credits
OverviewThis module will introduce students to a variety of process control strategies including feedback, cascade,
feedforward and ratio control. The methods required for linear systems analysis, in particular, will be covered
in detail (transfer functions, characteristic equations, root locus, Routh stability test, and frequency
response). Controller tuning and synthesis will be introduced and the students will develop skills needed to
solve problems involved in chemical and mechanical engineering process control. Particular emphasis will be
directed towards placing process control within the context of impact on a control system design's safety,
maintenance, sustainability and legal/regulatory impact. Generalising the analytical skills developed in this
course to be transferred to other engineering situations is also an important, embedded aspect. It is
recommended that students are familiar with fluid mechanics and heat and mass transfer, which would be covered,
for example, in the following courses: CHEN20060 (Transport Phenomena)or MEEN 20010 (Fluid Mechanics) &
MEEN 20050 (Heat Transfer), or equivalent.
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.
ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.
Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.
Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.