When students are first introduced to the world of automatic control systems, they often have a large variety of information to deal with at one time. It is common to see concepts such as root locus, Routh Hurwitz, Bode design, and state space modeling all introduced in one semester’s time. Bode design, as one of the practical of many methods, is the one that the authors of this paper sought to focus primarily on in order to design a controller for a Ball and Beam system. This experiment looks at the open loop frequency response of a ball and beam, more specifically the magnitude and phase responses, and applies constraints such as a certain gain crossover frequency, phase margin to design a Proportional-Derivative (PD) compensator.