BIO-A2: Process Dynamics and Control (Online)

Online /
Sep 16 - Nov 22, 2019 /
Course Code: BIO-A2-F19D

Class times to be determined

*On-line course start dates are tentative. Registered students will be contacted by their instructor(s) to arrange for the exact start date and time.

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Here are some of the topics that will be covered in this course:

  • Linear models of physical systems and processes, the concept of the transfer function
  • The transient response of linear systems to step, ramp and sinusoidal inputs
  • Bode plots and the frequency response analysis of systems
  • On-off, proportional, integral, derivative and combined control actions
  • Stability analysis of closed-loop systems using the root locus method and the Nyquist criterion
  • Feedback and feed-forward control
  • The state-space analysis of control systems
  • Modeling of nonlinear systems using the phase-plane and describing functions methods, stability of control systems involving nonlinear elements, the concept of limit cycles
  • A basic knowledge of sampled-data control systems including the z transform
  • The design of simple digital controllers
  • Application of the concepts of process dynamics and control tobiological systems with particular attention to neural physiology and homeostasis and bioreactors

Suggested Reading Materials

Process Systems Analysis and Control
Coughanowr and Koppel. 2nd Edition, McGraw Hill, 1991.

Process Modelling, Simulation and Control for Chemical Engineers
Luyben, W.L. 2nd Edition, McGraw Hill, N.Y. 1991.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed to help Internationally Educated Engineers not only prepare for their Confirmatory Professional Engineering Exams and earn their Professional Engineering Licenses (P.Eng.) in Canada but also expand and keep their knowledge up-to-date. The subject materials are also great for practicing professionals who want to refresh or upgrade their knowledge and keep up to date.

Online Course Format

Ten contact hours with the student (typically one hour weekly)

  • Designed to give the students the necessary theoretical and practical knowledge that will allow them to
  • understand the fundamentals of engineering relevant to the course, and therefore,
  • pass the technical exam
  • Conducted using state-of-the-art online meeting and collaboration software (software is free for the student)
    Student Requires:
    Internet connection and any of the following:
    • PC (Windows or Mac) with audio (USB headset recommended), or
    • Tablet (iPad or Android), or
    • Smartphone (iPhone or Android)
  • Before each class, the instructor may ask students to review or read topics from sources that include: specific book sections, instructor notes, web resources, etc.
  • During the live online class, the instructor will
    • explain the relevant fundamental theory and the most important concepts
    • solve example problems (from or similar to old exams, and from other sources)
    • answer questions the student(s) may have about the current class, previous class, or homework
    • guide the student(s) to exactly what they need to do to prepare for next class assign practice problems
  • Instructors use a variety of modes to deliver their live online classes: in addition to real-time audio interaction and explanations, a whiteboards and/or PowerPoints’ are common (both are made available in a printable format to the student after each class).
  • A fair bit of self-study is expected on the part of the students, especially for pre-requisite topics. However, this is highly guided by the instructor, who also sets the pace and scope of the courses.
  • Usually all the syllabus is covered. However, based on his/her expertise and judgment, the instructor may stress some parts of the course over others.
  • In very few courses with very wide syllabi, the instructor may skip some contents that are deemed rare to appear on exams. This typically happens in solve-five-out-of-eight-questions exams, and will be communicated clearly to the students.
  • If the frequency of email questions is reasonable, the instructor is usually going to respond to email questions. The instructor may prefer to defer some questions to the online session.


You can receive one-on-one tutoring on this subject if you only need to review a few key areas with our knowledgeable instructors. EPIC provides these sessions on a per hour basis and they can be provided online or any other agreed meeting point.

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