ECE4132 - Control system design - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Organisational Unit

Department of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Tom Drummond


Dr James Saunderson (Clayton)
Dr Masud Bakaul (Malaysia)

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)


  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)


(ECE2011Not offered in 2018 or ECE2111) and (ENG2005 or ENG2092)


ECE3062Not offered in 2018


This unit introduces core methods for the analysis and design of feedback controllers for dynamical systems. Linear time-invariant models of dynamical systems, and their representations based on differential equations, transfer functions, state space models, and time and frequency response are covered. The concepts of poles and zeros, forward transfer functions, and PID control will be developed. Stability of feedback systems, and classical root locus and frequency-response design approaches will be covered. Discrete-time/sampled data control systems are introduced, along with emulation design methods. The unit concludes with design methods based on state-space models, along with the concepts of canonical state-space representations, controllability and observability.


On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Construct mathematical descriptions of single-input single-output (SISO) closed loop feedback systems using state-space, transfer function, and differential/difference equation models.
  2. Assess the stability and dynamic performance of SISO control systems.
  3. Generate PID and state-space controllers, meeting design specifications, using analytical and computer-based techniques.
  4. Design discrete-time/sampled-data controllers for continuous-time systems
  5. Verify, experimentally, SISO control designs generated using different design approaches


Continuous assessment: 40%

Examination (2 hours): 60%

Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component 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.

Workload requirements

2 hours lectures, 3 hours of laboratory/practice classes and 7 hours of private study per week.

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