Courses & Units

Digital Control Systems ZAT116

Hobart, Launceston, Cradle Coast


In this unit, you will learn about the key fundamentals of digital control systems. You will learn about the real-life application of digital control systems as well as picking up vital skills in problem solving and critical thinking. A range of learning methodologies will be employed in this unit including face to face and on-line lectures and tutorials, laboratory classes, site visits and presentations.


Unit name Digital Control Systems
Unit code ZAT116
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School University College
Discipline Applied Technologies

Nick Boyd

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Term 3 On-Campus International
Hobart Term 4 On-Campus Domestic
Launceston Term 3 On-Campus International
Launceston Term 4 On-Campus Domestic
Cradle Coast Term 4 On-Campus Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Term 3 20/7/2020 10/8/2020 25/8/2020 25/9/2020
Term 4 12/10/2020 2/11/2020 17/11/2020 18/12/2020

* 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).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2019.

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Learning Outcomes

LO1Explain industry and social contexts of digital control systems.
LO2Apply theory and key concepts to design and build digital control system elements
LO3Document a digital control system design to industry standards
LO4Identify, evaluate and use relevant discipline tools and techniques
LO5Identify and evaluate relevant behaviours, principles and perspectives in the workplace
LO6Use reflective and deliberative thinking to generate plans for self-development
LO7Apply practice and discipline-based skills and knowledge to communicate solutions to real world problems



Band CSP Student Contribution Field of Education
2 2020: $1,190.00 031300

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Teaching Pattern

Teaching material and tutorial support will be provided weekly through MyLo during the term.

Students will be required to attend two to three on campus  practical sessions per term (2-3 hours per session).

Internet access is required for this course as students are required to access study materials provided online through MyLO. Please log into MyLO on the first day of each teaching period.


AT1: Quizzes/Online Tasks (20%)

AT2: Solution Proposal (30%)

AT3: Project Report (50%)

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