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Unit Overview


Control Engineering is the application of control theory to regulate the dynamic behaviour of engineered systems. Topics in this unit include classical linear control theory and its applications and limitations. It focuses on linear control systems, the concept of stability, time domain and frequency domain analysis, compensation and synthesis of single variable systems. Students are also introduced to common control hardware (sensors, actuators, their placement, controllers) and software (such as MATLAB and LabVIEW). Laboratories and examples are drawn from chemical process, electrical, mechanical, and automation industries. Process and instrumentation diagrams and sensors/actuators in control systems are also covered.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Automation and Robotics Engineering; Chemical Engineering; Electrical and Electronic Engineering; Mechanical Engineering major sequences

Students are able to (1) explain classical control theory and its applications; (2) apply classical control techniques to linear control systems; (3) design and test feedback control systems using classical control techniques; and (4) explain limitations of solutions to control system problems.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) laboratory assignments; (2) group project; and (3) final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Tyrone Fernando
Unit rules
MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus
or MATX1011 Multivariable Calculus
MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods
or MATX1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods
and Enrolment in
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
GENG4402 Control Engineering (ID 2588)
Contact hours
lectures: 3 hours per week
labs: to be scheduled during semester
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.