Courses & Units

Control Systems 1 ENG331


This unit provides students an understanding of the fundamental principles in the modelling and control of linear systems. The topics covered include: (1) an introduction to feedback control systems, (2) deriving mathematical models for a system in the frequency domain (Laplace transform) and time domain (state space representation), (3) investigation of time responses (forced and natural) and characteristic equations for first, second and high-order systems, (4) analysis and system simplification of block diagrams and signal flow graphs (emphasis on cascade, parallel, observer canonical form, controller canonical form) along with transformation techniques between forms, (5) Mason's rule for transfer function deduction of complex systems, (6) investigation of stability of system responses (BIBO) using Routh-Hurwitz criterion (with special cases), (7) mathematically deriving steady state errors for various system inputs (static error constants), (8) effects of disturbances at different places within a system, (9) calculate parameter setting sensitivity, (10) sketching a root locus (refinements on sketch highlighting breakaway/break-in points, angles of arrival and jw-axis crossings), (11) investigating differences between negative and positive feedback systems, (12) designing an active and passive PID using a root locus to meet specified output responses.


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 Brian Salmon
Available as an 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 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • Model electrical and mechanical systems using differential equations and state-space representations.
  • Determine the transfer functions of linear systems from block diagram representations and signal flow graphs.
  • Formulate design specifications in terms of the transient and steady-state performance of linear control systems.
  • Design a feedback control system using a root locus.
  • Communicate the design process of a control system.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
039999 $1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,938.00

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KMA252 and ENG234 and KAA111


Teaching Pattern

Prerecorded lectures: 3-hours per week

Tutorials: 1x 1-hour session per week

Practical laboratory: 2x 3-hour sessions

Simulation laboratory: 1x 2-hour session

AssessmentFinal exam (40%)|Semester test (15%)|Assessed tutorials (10%)|Design report (15%)|Practical laboratory (10%)|Simulation laboratory (10%)
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