The Control Systems Concept InventoryThe Control Systems Concept Inventory (CSCI) is an assessment tool, designed to measure students' conceptual understanding of control-systems fundamentals. Modeled after the Signals and Systems Concept Inventory , the CSCI is a 25-question multiple-choice exam covering topics commonly taught in undergraduate control-systems courses, including the Laplace transform, system stability, the root-locus method, the Nyquist criterion, frequency-domain concepts, basic compensation, PID control, and simple nonlinear systems .
This concept inventory provides the control-systems community with a standard tool to quantify student learning in undergraduate control courses. When administered as a before-and-after assessment, the CSCI measures the improvement in conceptual understanding. Other potential uses include assessment of alternative teaching methods , identification of the most common student misconceptions, correlation with student performance in prerequisite courses, and satisfaction of accreditation requirements .
Instructors interested in using the Control Systems Concept Inventory as an assessment tool in their courses or in assisting with development of the exam are invited to contact the author.
 K.E. Wage, J.R. Buck, C.H.G. Wright, and T.B. Welch, "The Signals and Systems Concept Inventory," IEEE Transactions on Education, vol. 48, no. 3, pp.448-461, Aug. 2005.
 G.F. Franklin, J.D. Powell, A. Emami-Naeini, Feedback Control of Dynamic Systems, fifth ed., Pearson Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, 2005, chapters 1-6, 9.
 J.R. Buck and K.E. Wage, "Active and Cooperative Learning in Signal Processing Courses," IEEE Signal Processing Magazine, vol. 22, no. 2, pp. 76-81, Mar. 2005.
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Last updated January 18, 2008.