Modelling and Control

10 Units

This course provides details of modelling and control of engineering systems. It presents tools that are fundamental for the analysis and design of such systems. The tools presented in the course use energy as a key element to develop modelling skills that can transcend physical domains and engineering specialisations. In addition, the course provide students with an understanding of the principle of feedback along with an introduction to classical control design techniques. Topics include fundamental limitations, stability of closed loop systems, control design for time domain and frequency domain specifications.

Faculty Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
School School of Electrical Engineering and Computing
Availability Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Formulate mathematical models of basic engineering systems with components from different physical domains (mechanical, electrical, hydraulic)
  2. Build computational models based on block diagrams and state-space equations
  3. Perform numerical simulations of time-domain response of dynamic systems
  4. Relate the time response of linear time-invariant systems to model structure and parameters
  5. Relate the frequency response of linear systems to transfer functions and system time response to sinusoidal excitation
  6. Analyse of stability of equilibrium points of nonlinear systems via linearisation
  7. Understand how feedback can be used to control the response of a system in a desired manner, and recognize the limit of performance
  8. Understand how different controller attributes influence the performance of a feedback control system
  9. Design feedback controllers for typical response specifications in time as well as frequency domain

This course will cover:

1. Introduction to engineering systems

2. Energy-based modelling of engineering systems in different physical domains

3. From energy-based to computational models for computer simulation

4. Analysis of linear systems using transforms including a review of Laplace transforms

5. Transfer functions and block diagrams

6. Role of feedback and fundamental limits on the response achievable with feedback, sensitivity and complementary sensitivity functions

8. Stability of closed loop systems, root locus

9. Time domain response specifications, P, PI, PID controller, Anti-integral windup

10. Frequency domain analysis, Bode, Nyquist, Stability Margins

11. Compensator design for frequency domain specifications

  • If you have successfully completed ENGG2440 or MCHA2000, you cannot enrol in this course.
Assumed Knowledge ELEC2430 Circuits and Signals or equivalent
Assessment Items
  • Formal Examination: Final Examination
  • Quiz: Quizzes
  • Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Laboratory Exercises

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 6 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 6 Weeks

Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for ENGG6400
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