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History and Methodology of Control Science and Engineering

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Course: History and Methodology of Control Science and Engineering

Programme Summary

Major: 27.04.04 Automated Control

Degree: Master

Course units:

Section 1. Evolution of the classical control theory.

  • Unit 1. Cybernetics. The history of automation
  • Unit 2. The current standing of control science
  • Unit 3. Evolution of computational means
  • Unit 4. Evolution of artificial intelligence systems.
  • Unit 5. Evolution of robotic systems

Section 2. Methodology of control science.

  • Unit 6. Stages of building the scientific knowledge. Scientific methods and their classification.
  • Unit 7. Process, system and situational approaches to management.
  • Unit 8. Methods and algorithms of solving nontrivial engineering problems. Copyright

Course contents:

This course is aimed at giving the students a comprehensive understanding of the evolution of control science in its theoretical and practical aspects and at building skills of adequate assessment of milestone events in the history of the science. The students will learn to effectively work with the relevant historical records and understand the methodology of science and scientific knowledge.

The following aspects are covered in the course to achieve the above aim:

  • The evolution of control science and the identification of key trends and inherent relationships that define the evolution;
  • Methodology of science and scientific knowledge
  • The approaches and theories that had a major effect on the control science and its practical methods.


  • Teacher-led group activities in a classroom;
  • Extracurricular self-study of the teacher’s assignments and tasks, including the use of educational facilities (obligatory);
  • Office-hours.

Total hours – 108

Total points – 3

Laboratory activities – 18

Midterm assessment – Pass/fail examination

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