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Control Systems 1 ENG331



This unit gives students a basic understanding of the fundamental principles involved in the modelling and control of linear systems. The topics to be covered will include: Introduction to control systems, mathematical models of systems, state variable models, feedback control system characteristics, the performance of feedback control systems, the stability of linear feedback systems, frequency response methods, stability in the frequency domain, and the design of feedback control systems. Assessment tasks in this unit include two written tests and one exam, and four laboratory reports which will combine both written and oral communication of students’ practical learning experiences. Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to further their knowledge of control systems in their 4th year and/or use it in the control of simple real-world processes.


Unit name Control Systems 1
Unit code ENG331
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Engineering
Discipline Engineering
Coordinator Doctor Bernardo Leon de la Barra
Available as student elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

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Learning Outcomes

  • Model electrical and mechanical systems using differential equations and statespace representations.
  • Determine the transfer functions of linear systems from block diagram representations.
  • Formulate design specifications in terms of the transient and steady-state performance of linear control systems.
  • Design simple control systems using Bode, Nyquist, and Routh Hurwitz stability criteria.
  • Communicate the outcomes of simple control system design studies.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
039999 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable $2,798.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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(KME271 or KMA252) and (ENG104 or KAA112) and (ENG105 or KAA111)


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