Faculty of Engineering

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Engineering
Organisational UnitDepartment of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering
OfferedNot offered in 2013


This unit introduces control systems and feedback and outlines their role in modern society. Initially tools for the modelling, analysis and design of continuous-time systems are briefly presented. Following this, the main focus is shifted to the analysis and design of modern discrete-time and hybrid sampled-data systems. For analysis, difference equations, z-transforms, transfer functions, frequency response, and state-space models are covered, as also is computer-based system identification. For design, pole-placement, and state feedback, state estimation, and linear quadratic optimal design are covered. Aspects of robust and non-linear control are also introduced.


An understanding of control theory. An appreciation of the diversity of control applications. An understanding of feedback and feed forward systems. An awareness of simplifying assumptions and their limitations. An understanding of digital controllers. The ability to model real systems in a variety of ways. The ability and confidence to effectively use feedback to improve the dynamic properties of a plant.


Examination: (3 hours): 70%
Continuous assessment: 30%
Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component (assignments, tests, mid-semester exams, laboratory reports) and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

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Contact hours

3 hours lectures and 3 hours laboratory and practice classes, and 6 hours of private study per week.