GENG5503 Modern Control Systems

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
The topics covered in this unit include (1) modelling—state–space equations (MIMO, continuous and discrete), linearisation; transfer functions, similarity transformations, some standard useful realisations (canonical forms); discretisation of state-space equations; and introduction to sampled-data systems; (2) analysis—controllability, observability, minimality, and Lyapunov stability analysis; and (3) design—controller and observer design, and pole-placement and optimal control techniques. The academic objectives of the unit are to demonstrate the ability to model dynamical systems using state–space equations; understand the concept of controllability, observability, minimality and stability; understand state-feedback and output feedback concepts, design state-feedback controllers and state observers; and understand analysis and design of sampled-data systems.
Students are able to (1) derive state-space equations and transfer functions for dynamical systems and differentiate between them; (2) discretise continuous-time state-space equations to obtain discrete-time state-space models; (3) analyse the characteristics of state-space realisations using controllability, observability, minimality and stability concepts; (4) design control systems using state and output feedback concepts; (5) analyse sampled data control systems using starred Laplace transform and z-transforms; and (6) communicate effectively through concise written technical reports, using discourse conventions relevant to the discipline.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) laboratory; (2) class tests; and (3) final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is only available in this unit in the case of a student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Victor Sreeram
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Chemical Engineering specialisation, Electrical and Electronic Engineering specialisation
Mechanical Engineering specialisation)
GENG4402 Control Engineering
the Master of Renewable and Future Energy; for pre-2012 courses: MCTX3421 Control and Mechatronics
ELEC3015 Signals and Systems
ELEC2305 Signals and Systems 2
GENG4402 Control Engineering
Advisable prior study:
for MPE Electrical and Electronic Engineering specialisation: ENSC3015 Signals and Systems; for Mechanical Engineering specialisation: GENG4402 Control Engineering, MATH1001 Mathematical Methods 1, ENSC2001 Motion
ELEC4300 Control Engineering
Contact hours
lectures, practical classes and laboratories
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