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Course Number: ME 398M 
Credit Hours: 3  
Enrollment: Spring 
Course Format: This course is 100% online and has been tailored for distance learners.  
Course Syllabus: View full course details

Course Description 

This 3-credit class imparts a basic understanding of linear feedback systems. Feedback plays a critical role in mechanical, electronic, chemical and digital systems, and through this course, students gain an understanding of design and analysis of single-input, single-output feedback control systems. 

Topics Covered Include: 

  • Modeling and simulation fundamentals 
  • Controllability and state feedback 
  • Observability and output feedback 
  • Proportional Integral Derivative (PID) control 
  • Frequency response and design 
  • Common real-world control issues 
  • Control design strategies 

Who Is This Course For?  

This course is designed for professionals of all levels who want to pursue careers in industries that utilize control systems, such as the manufacturing, automotive, aerospace and robotics industries. 

Learning Outcomes 

This course, along with the other courses in the mechanical engineering program, helps students achieve the following learning outcomes: 

  1. Knowledge of and ability to apply engineering and science fundamentals to real problems. 
  2. Ability to formulate and solve open-ended problems. 
  3. Ability to design mechanical components, systems and processes. 
  4. Ability to set up and conduct experiments and to present the results in a professional manner. 
  5. Ability to use modern computer tools in mechanical engineering. 
  6. Ability to communicate in written, oral and graphical forms. 
  7. Ability to work in teams and apply interpersonal skills in engineering contexts. 
  8. Ability and desire to lay a foundation for continued learning beyond the baccalaureate degree. 
  9. Awareness of professional issues in engineering practice, including ethical responsibility, safety, the creative enterprise, and loyalty and commitment to the profession.  
  10. Awareness of contemporary issues in engineering practice, including economic, social, political and environmental issues and global impact. 


This course requires a Bachelor of Science in Engineering or a related field. Courses in linear algebra and differential equation are recommended.  

Many assignments will require the use of MATLAB. Prior exposure to MATLAB is not necessary, but basic programming knowledge will be helpful.  

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