Control Systems

Subject ELEN90055 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 3 x one hour lectures and 1 x two hour workshop per week
Total Time Commitment:

Estimated total time commitment of 120 hours per semester


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Not offered in 2013


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Core Participation Requirements:

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Assoc Prof Michael Cantoni


Subject Overview:

This subject provides an introduction to automatic control systems with an emphasis on classical (i.e. frequency domain) techniques for the design of feedback compensators for single-input-single-output (SISO) systems. In particular, students will study topics including:

  • Modelling for control and the structure, stability, performance and robustness of feedback systems;
  • Frequency-domain design - Nyquist and Bode plots, gain and phase margins, loop-shaping with proportional- integral- lead- and lag-compensators, loop delays, and fundamental limitations in SISO control system design; and
  • Actuator constraints and anti-windup compensation.

This material will be complemented by the use of software tools (e.g. MATLAB/Simulink) for computation and simulation, and exposure to operational control systems in the laboratory.


On completing this subject the student should be able to:

  • Qualitatively and quantitatively describe the benefits of feedback in engineering systems;
  • Apply fundamental frequency-domain techniques in the analysis and design of linear feedback control systems, as they arise in a variety of contexts;
  • Use software tools to simulate and design the linear behaviour of automatic control systems.
  • One written examination, not exceeding three hours at the end of semester, worth 70% (must pass written exam to pass subject);
  • Continuous assessment of submitted project work, not exceeding 20 pages over the semester, worth 20%;and
  • A one-hour mid-semester test, worth 10%
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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Ability to apply knowledge of basic science and engineering fundamentals
  • In-depth technical competence in at least one engineering discipline
  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution
  • Ability to utilise a systems approach to design and operational performance
  • Capacity for independent critical thought, rational inquiry and self-directed learning
  • Ability to communicate effectively, with the engineering team and with the community at large

Credit may not be obtained for both:

  • ELEN30001(431-324)Control1(classical control)and ELEN90055 Control Systems
  • MCEN30008 Control Systems1 and ELEN90055 Control Systems

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Engineering (Biomedical) Biomechanics
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: B-ENG Electrical Engineering stream
B-ENG Mechanical Engineering stream
Master of Engineering (Electrical)
Master of Engineering (Mechanical)
Master of Engineering (Mechatronics)

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