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ECE3031 - Control systems

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Engineering

Leader: F Crusca


Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)


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 must achieve a mark of 45% in each of these two components to achieve an overall pass grade.

Contact hours

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


ECE2011, ENG1060, ENG2902