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Unit description

Builds on the unit, Electro-Mechanical and Robotics Technology, and introduces students to the theory, tools and methodologies that underpin modelling, analysis and design in control systems engineering. Techniques include the use of differential equations, block diagrams, frequency domain methods, Root Locus and Bode plots. MATLAB is used as a simulation environment. Programmable logic controllers for industrial automation are addressed.

Unit content

Introduction to control system design

System modelling for electrical and mechanical systems

The Laplace transform

Block diagram modelling

Open and closed loop control, role of feedback

Transient and steady state performance

Root locus

Frequency response analysis

Compensator design, practical issues

Industrial PLCs

Learning outcomes

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Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Nise, NS, 2014, Control Systems Engineering, 7th edn, Wiley. ISBN: 13: 9781118170519.
  • Ogata, K, 2009, Modern Control Engineering: International Edition, 5th edn, Pearson. ISBN: 9780137133376.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Self-directed project 2 hour (4 weeks)
Laboratory session 2 hour (8 weeks)
Project report15%
Laboratory Report35%
Exam: closed book50%

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