UCSD ECE171A: Linear Control System Theory (Fall 2021)

Time and Location

  • Lectures: Monday and Wednesday, 5:00 - 6:20 pm, in WLH 2207.

  • Final Exam: Thursday, December 09, 2021, 7:00 - 10:00 pm.

  • Office Hours:

    • Monday, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm, on Zoom.

    • Thursday, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm, on Zoom.



This course covers stability of continuous- and discrete-time single-input/single-output linear time-invariant control systems emphasizing frequency domain methods; transient and steady-state behavior; stability analysis by root locus, Bode, Nyquist, and Nichols plots; compensator design.


ECE45: Circuits and Systems or MAE 140: Linear Circuits.


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The class assignments consist of 6 homeworks, a midterm exam, and a final exam. Grading will be based on the following rubric.

Homework 48%
Midterm Exam 26%
Final Exam 26%


The main reference for the course will be:

Other useful references:

Collaboration and Academic Integrity

UCSD's Code of Academic Integrity applies to this course. It is dishonest to cheat on exams, copy other people's work, or fake experimental results. An important element of academic integrity is fully and correctly acknowledging any materials taken from the work of others. You are encouraged to work with other students and to discuss the assignments but please note that all assignments in this course are individual and the work you turn in should be your own! Instances of academic dishonesty will be penalized by grade reduction at the instructor's discretion and may be referred to the Office of Student Conduct for adjudication.

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