Process Instrumentation and Control

University College Dublin

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Process Instrumentation and Control

  • Host University

    University College Dublin

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Biological Systems Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Engineering Science and Math

  • Language Level

    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.

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    2.5 - 3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    3.75 - 4.5
  • Overview

    This 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.

Course Disclaimer

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.


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