Course syllabus suggestions
If you are planning to use Feedback Systems as a textbook for a course, there are several ways of using the material in the textbook, depending on your audience. This page contains some suggestions for how the material in the text can be taught. 
Course for NonTraditional Backgrounds
Feedback Systems was written with the intent of being used for courses that included students from the sciences that have nontraditional (engineering) backgrounds. This audience includes students with backgrounds in biology, computer science, economics, ecosystems and geophysic. The following table summarizes a quarter long and semester long sequence using the text:
Week  10 week course  15 week course  Week 
1  Chapter 1  Introduction  Chapter 1  Introduction  1 
2  Chapter 2  System Modeling  Chapter 2  System Modeling  2 
3  Chapter 4  Dynamic Behavior  Chapter 3  Examples  3 
Chapter 4  Dynamic Behavior  
4  Chapter 5  Linear Systems  4  
5  Chapter 6  State Feedback  Chapter 5  Linear Systems  5 
6  Chapter 8  Transfer Functions  Chapter 6  State Feedback  6 
7  Chapter 9  Loop Analysis  Chapter 7  Output Feedback  7 
8  Chapter 10  PID Control  Chapter 8  Transfer Functions  8 
9  Chapter 11  Loop Shaping  Chapter 9  Loop Analysis  9 
10  Review  Chapter 10  PID Control  10 
11  Chapter 11  Loop Shaping  11  
12  12  
Chapter 12  Robust Performance  
13  13  
14  Appendix E  Implementation  14  
15  Review  15 
Course for Traditional Engineering Disciplines
When using Feedback Systems to teach a more traditional course in engineering, the same basic syllabus as the one above can be used but the course can be augmented by including the advanced sections in the text and/or including material from the text supplements. The following notes provide guidelines for what additional material can be included:
Chapter  Advanced Topics 
Chapter 1  Introduction 

Chapter 2  System Modeling 

Chapter 4  Dynamic Behavior 

Chapter 5  Linear Systems 

Chapter 6  State Feedback 

Chapter 7  Output Feedback 

Chapter 8  Transfer Functions 

Chapter 9  Loop Analysis 

Chapter 10  PID Control 

Chapter 11  Loop Shaping 

Chapter 12  Robust Performance 

Appendix E  Implementation 

If desired, the material in the course can be inverted so that frequency domain concepts are presented first and state space concepts follow. A typical course sequence would then be:
 Chapters 13: basic concepts of modeling and stability
 Chapters 812: frequency domain analysis and design
 Chapters 47: state space analysis and design
Some care should be taken in the beginning of Chapter 7 to insure that students are comfortable with modeling a system in state space form
since this form is assumed in deriving the transfer function.