MEC4418 - Control systems - 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 Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Chris Davies


Dr Hoam Chung (Clayton)
Assoc Professor Tan Chee Pin (Malaysia)

Unit guides



  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)


  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)


MEC3457 or MAE3408 or TRC3600


Instruction on the basics of automatic control design, including analysis 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.


At the successful completion of this unit you will be able to:

  1. Apply fundamental concepts and skills with advanced control design techniques.
  2. Appraise the response of single-input-single-output dynamic systems and describe various performance specifications in the time and frequency domains.
  3. Apply classical control theories and design methods to simple linear systems in time and frequency domains.
  4. Apply the fundamentals of linear systems theory and basic control design methods to dynamic models described in state-space representations.
  5. Analyse control design problems using computer-aided design tools.
  6. Synthesise system analysis, design, and performance evaluation to complete the implementation of a controller on digital hardware.


Continuous assessment: 40%

Final Examination (3 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

One 1-hour lecture, one 2-hour lecture, one 2-hour practice class and 7 hours private study per week.

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