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Unit Overview


This unit provides students with topics including 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. The unit also introduces students to common control hardware (sensors, actuators, their placement, controllers) and software (such as MATLAB and LabVIEW). The unit also contains laboratories and examples from the chemical process, electrical, mechanical and mechatronics industries. Process and instrumentation diagrams and sensors/actuators in control systems are also covered.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) categorise classical control theory and its applications; (2) analyse linear control systems using classical control techniques; (3) design and test feedback control systems using classical control techniques; (4) justify solutions to control system problems; and (5) work effectively in a diverse team to achieve professional outcomes.


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
Enrolment in
62550 Master of Professional Engineering (Biomedical Engineering specialisation, Chemical Engineering specialisation, Electrical and Electronic Engineering specialisation, Mechanical Engineering specialisation
or Software Engineering specialisation).
GENG3402 Control Engineering
Advisable prior study
MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus
and MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods
Contact hours
lectures: 3 hours per week
labs: to be scheduled during semester
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