Courses & Units

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
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Engineering
Discipline Engineering

Bernardo León de la Barra

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 22/2/2021 23/3/2021 12/4/2021 30/5/2021
Semester 2 12/7/2021 10/8/2021 30/8/2021 17/10/2021

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

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Learning Outcomes

1. Model electrical and mechanical systems using differential equations and statespace representations.

2. Determine the transfer functions of linear systems from block diagram representations.

3. Formulate design specifications in terms of the transient and steady-state performance of linear control systems.

4. Design simple control systems using Bode, Nyquist, and Routh Hurwitz stability criteria.

5. Communicate the outcomes of simple control system design studies.



Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
039999 $993.0 $993.0 not applicable $2,798.0

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KME271 and KME272

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Teaching Pattern



Four major assessments:  2 x in-semester tests (5% each), 2 x  laboratory reports/other (10% each), control system design project (50%) and 2-hr end of semester exam (20%)

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