• Offered by RS Electrical, Energy and Materials Engineering
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Course subject Engineering
  • Areas of interest Engineering
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Elizabeth Ratnam
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2020
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Control Systems is the study of the analysis and regulation of the output behaviors of dynamical systems subject to input signals. The concepts and tools discussed in this course can be used in a wide spectrum of engineering disciplines such as mechanical, electrical, aerospace, manufacturing, and biomedical engineering. The emphasis of this course will be on the basic theories and feedback controller design methods of linear time-invariant systems.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Define and explain feedback and feed-forward control architecture and discuss the importance of performance, robustness and stability in control design
  2. Interpret and apply block diagram representations of control systems and design PID controllers based on empirical tuning rules
  3. Compute stability of linear systems using the Routh array test and use this to generate control design constraints
  4. Use Evans root locus techniques in control design for real world systems
  5. Compute gain and phase margins from Bode diagrams and Nyquist plots and understand their implications in terms of robust stability
  6. Design Lead-Lag compensators based on frequency data for an open-loop linear system.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Weekly problem sets (15) [LO null]
  2. Lecture insight reports (10) [LO null]
  3. Laboratories (10) [LO null]
  4. Design project (10) [LO null]
  5. Mid-semester exam (15) [LO null]
  6. Final exam (40) [LO null]

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12 x 2-hour lectures, 12 x 1-hour tutorials, 8 x homework assignments, one 3 hour hardware lab, one 3 hour computer lab.

Inherent Requirements

Inherent requriements for this course is currently not available.

Requisite and Incompatibility

This course is incompatible with ENGN6223.

Prescribed Texts

Karl J. Åström and Richard M. Murray, Feedback Systems -- An Introduction for Scientists and Engineers, Princeton University Press, 2008.

Assumed Knowledge

Mathematics including differential equations, complex numbers and Laplace transforms, matrices, Physics including classical mechanics and electrical circuits.



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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.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $4320
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5760
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7381 27 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 In Person N/A

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