• Offered by RS Electrical, Energy and Materials Engineering
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Engineering
  • Areas of interest Engineering
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Lachlan Blackhall
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2020
    See Future Offerings

This course introduces a broad range of non-trivial techniques and approaches for modelling and simulation of dynamic engineering systems. Techniques include discrete event models; first- and second-order system models; time, frequency and state space relations; and feedback systems. These concepts are introduced through the modelling of electrical systems, mechanical systems, energy systems, control systems etc. Modelling software such as EXTENDSIM, Matlab and Simulink will be key tools in this course.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

    After completing this course students will be expected to:

    1. implement a wide range of deterministic and probabilistic system models.
    2. demonstrate the relationship between discrete and continuous systems.
    3. illustrate simple properties of dynamic systems in both time and frequency domains.
    4. implement system models in Matlab.
    5. evaluate the appropriate modelling paradigm(s) to describe behaviour of real engineering systems.

    Professional Skills Mapping
    Mapping of Learning Outcomes to Assessment and Professional Competencies

    Other Information

    Course outline: https://cecs.anu.edu.au/studentdb/courses/students/csg_student.cgi?Course_Code=ENGN8120

    Indicative Assessment

    Assignments (7x5% = 35%), major project (35%), and a final exam (30%).

    In response to COVID-19: Please note that Semester 2 Class Summary information (available under the classes tab) is as up to date as possible. Changes to Class Summaries not captured by this publication will be available to enrolled students via Wattle. 

    The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.


    100 hrs of which 35 hrs will be formally facilitated either online or face to face.

    Requisite and Incompatibility

    To enrol in this course you must be studying Master of Engineering.


    Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

    If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

    Student Contribution Band:
    Unit value:
    6 units

    If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

    Units EFTSL
    6.00 0.12500
    Domestic fee paying students
    Year Fee
    2020 $4320
    International fee paying students
    Year Fee
    2020 $5760
    Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

    Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

    ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

    The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
    Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

    Second Semester

    Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
    7646 27 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 In Person N/A

    Responsible Officer: Registrar, Student Administration / Page Contact: Website Administrator / Frequently Asked Questions