Faculty of Engineering

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Engineering
Organisational UnitDepartment of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
OfferedClayton First semester 2014 (Day)
Malaysia First semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)H Chung (Clayton); C P Tan (Malaysia)


Instruction on the basics of automatic control design, including anaysis and design techniques (with MATLAB/SIMULINK). Assumes students have the ability to form and use classical and state-space models of linear systems, can calculate their responses in time and frequency domain, and have experience in using MATLAB. Control system design through root-locus, frequency response, direct pole-placement, and state estimation, with concepts of linear systems, controllability, and observability. Introductions to robust stability, PID control design, digital systems, and optimal control design methods will also be provided.


Upon completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  • assess the response of single-input-single output systems, design a controller to achieve the desired behaviour;
  • understand and master classical control theories and several design methods in time and frequency domains;
  • understand and master the fundamentals of linear systems theory, including state-space modelling, controllability and observability;
  • understand where and how to continue learning about advanced control techniques, including digital, robust and optimal controls;
  • use MATLAB/SIMULINK as computer-aided design (CAD) tool in designing control systems


Assignments: 25%
Examination (3 hours): 75%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

22 lectures, 22 practice class/laboratory hours