Automatic Control

By Prof. Anil Kumar   |   IIT Roorkee
Learners enrolled: 1678
Automatic Control is the theory used in various applications, for example, manufacturing of a product, refrigeration and air conditioners, aircraft, missile, satellite launching, etc. The study of a dedicated course is required to understand the fundamental and advance concepts of automatic controls for engineers and designers. This course is of basic level. It introduces design and modelling of a control system, theory of transfer functions, poles, zeros, block diagram algebra, transient response analysis of first and second order systems, stability and Routh’s criteria, error analysis, PID control, root locus techniques, compensation techniques, introduction to the state space method and application of MATLAB in automatic control.

INTENDED AUDIENCE : UG students of Mechanical, Electrical, Automobile, Production, Aerospace, Civil Engineering and equivalent.
PREREQUISITES Completed first year of BE/BTech.

Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 8 weeks
Category :
  • Mechanical Engineering
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 23 Jan 2023
End Date : 17 Mar 2023
Enrollment Ends : 06 Feb 2023
Exam Registration Ends : 20 Feb 2023
Exam Date : 26 Mar 2023 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1:  Automatic Control System.
Week 2:  Mathematical Modelling.
Week 3: Transient Response Analysis.
Week 4: Stability and Steady State Error.
Week 5: Root Locus Technique.
Week 6: Design via Root Locus and Compensation Techniques.
Week 7:  State Space Method.
Week 8:Application of MATLAB in Automatic Control. 

Thanks to the support from MathWorks, enrolled students have access to MATLAB for the duration of the course.

Books and references

  • Nise, N.S., Control Systems Engineering, 5th Ed., Willey, 2008.
  • Ogata, K., “ Modern Control Engineering”, 5th Ed., Prentice Hall of India, 2013.
  • Kuo, B.C., “Automatic Control System”, 5th Ed., Prentice Hall of India, 1995.
  • Raven, F.H., “Automatic Control Theory”, 5th Ed., McGraw Hill, 1995.

Instructor bio

Prof. Anil Kumar

IIT Roorkee
Dr Anil Kumar works as an Assistant Professor faculty in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at IIT Roorkee for more than four years. He teaches subjects like, Automatic Control, Machine Design, Vibrations and Noise, etc. to UG students. His research area belongs to semi-active rail suspension, modal identification of structures, testing of piping joints, pedestrian-structure interaction modelling.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: March 26, 2023 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 6 assignments out of the total 8 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Roorkee.It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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