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Process Control Sample Course

 

Based on Process Control: Designing processes and Control Systems  for Dynamic Performance , 2nd Edition, 2000

by T. Marlin

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This sample course page presents the course content and teaching and learning approach recommended by the site developer.  Naturally, other instructors will tailor their course to best suit the goals of their course.

 
This presentation is based on a fifteen-week semester with two eighty-minute classes per week.  Modification for three classes per week should be straightforward.

 
The content is for an introductory course in Process Control and Dynamics in Chemical Engineering.

The teaching approach involves a “flipped classroom, with students required to complete an e-Lesson before most classes.  The classes consist of a mini-lecture and workshops; typically, students complete the workshops in small groups, and solutions are discussed by the instructor before the end of class.  Some classes begin with a short quiz to ensure that students are completing the preparation using the e-Lessons; assignments and examinations follow standard practice.

 
For more information regarding the flipped classroom, please see the following references.

Experience teaching Process Control with a flipped class approach by T. Marlin

An introductory reference on blended learning and the flipped class

 


                            

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week of class

Students complete before class

Activity during class

Textbook material

Assignment

(due at beginning of class)

 

 

 

 

 

1

N/A

Course Introduction

N/A

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1

e-Lesson Chapter 1

Workshop Chapter 1


Chapter 1

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2

e-Lesson Chapter 2

Workshop Chapter 2


Chapter 2

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2

e-Lesson Chap 3, Part I

Workshop Chapter 3 Part I

Chapter 3

Pg. 49-69

Assignment 1

3

e-Lesson Chap 3, Part II

Workshop Chapter 3 Part II

Chapter 3

Pg. 69-88

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3

e-Lesson  Chap 4, Part I

Workshop Chapter 4 Part I

Chapter 4

Pg. 97-110

Assignment 2

4

e-Lesson Chap 4, Part II

Workshop Chapter 4 Part II

Chapter 4

Pg. 110-125

Skip Section 4.5 *

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4

e-Lesson Chap 5, Part I

Workshop Chapter 5 Part I

Chapter 5

Pg. 136-142

Assignment 3

5

e-Lesson Chap 5 Part II

Workshop Chapter 5

Part II

Chapter 5

Pg. 136-142

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5

E-Lesson  Chap 6

Skip Slides 38-53

Workshop Chapter 6

Chapter 6

Skip Section 6.4

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6

Review material 

Catch up and review dynamic modeling

Chapters 3-6

Assignment 4

6

e-Lesson Chap 7

Workshop Chapter 7

Chapter 7

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7

Term Exam I

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7

e-Lesson Chapter 8

Slides 1-8 & 12-61

Skim slides 9-11

Workshop Chapter 8

+ review e-Lesson slides 62-70

Chapter 8

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8

e-Lesson Chapter 9

Slides 1-46

Mini-Lecture

Chapter 9

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8

e-Lesson Chapter 9

Slides 46-end

Workshop Chapter 9

Chapter 9

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9

e-Lesson Chapter 9

 In-class Simulation Exercises

Chapter 9

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9

e-Lesson Chapter 11

Skip 6-12, 44-48

Workshop Chapter 11

Chapter 11

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10

Spring Break

 

10

Spring Break

 

11

e-Lesson Chapter 13

Slides 1-37

Workshop Chapter 13 Part I

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Assignment 5

11

e-Lesson Chapter 13

Slides 37-end

Workshop Chapter 13 Part II

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12

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Power Point

Instrumentation for Process Control

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12

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Catchup and Review Feedback PID

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Assignment 6

13

Term Exam II

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13

e-Lesson Chapter 14

 

Workshop Chapter 14

Chapter 14

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14

e-Lesson Chapter 15

Workshop Chapter 15

Chapter 15

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14

e-Lesson Chapter 18

Workshop Chapter 18

Chapter 18

Skip Sections 18.4 and 18.6

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15

e-Lesson Chapter 20 Part I

Workshop Chapter 20 Part I

Chapter 20

Skip Sections 20.5-20.7

Assignment 7

15

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Loop Pairing Workshop

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16

Control for safety PowerPoint

Safety Workshop**

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16

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Control Design Workshop***

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Assignment 8

 

University Study Days

 

 

 

Final Exam

 

 

  

*    Skip material on "frequency response" that gives the amplitude ratio and phase angle

** Review BP Texas City video and answer questions in groups

*** Review, critique and improve two-distillation tower instrumentation and controls