Advanced Motion Control

Subject MCEN90017 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2013:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours lectures, 18 hours of tutorials and project classes
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:

Can be taken concurrently.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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A/Prof Chris Manzie

Subject Overview:

This subject is intended to give students an overview of the present state-of-the-art in industrial motion control and the likely future trends in control design.
Students will be exposed to and have practical experience in the design and implementation of advanced controllers for various motion control problems.

Advanced modelling and control topics will include system identification, modelling and compensation of friction and other disturbances, industrial servo loops, model-based and model-free controller design, and adaptive control. Applications will be drawn from industrial, medical and transport automation (eg robots, machine tools, production machines, laboratory automation, automotive and aerospace by-wire systems).


Upon completion of this subject, students should be able to -
• apply control theory in complex automated systems drawn from industrial, medical and transport automation;
• design and implement advanced control systems using state-of-the-art development tools.


One 2-hour end of semester examination (50%) and three assignments of up to 5000 2500 words each (50%) due in weeks 4, 8 and 12 of the semester

Prescribed Texts: None
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 solutions
• Ability to use a systems aproach to design and operational performance
• Capacity for independent critical thought, rational inquiry and self-directed learning
• Openness to new ideas and unconventional critiques of received wisdom
• Ability to function effectively as an individual and in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams, with the capacity to be a leader or manager as well as an effective team member
• Ability to communicate effectively with the engineering team and with the community at large

Related Course(s): Master of Philosophy - Engineering
Ph.D.- Engineering
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Master of Engineering (Mechatronics)

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