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Unit Overview


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.

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

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.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Victor Sreeram
Unit rules
Enrolment in 62550 Master of Professional Engineering (Chemical Engineering specialisation, Electrical and Electronic Engineering specialisation, Mechanical Engineering specialisation)
or 62560 Master of Renewable and Future Energy
BH011 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
and 120 Points
and MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus
and MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods
Advisable prior study
MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus
and MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods
Contact hours
lectures, practical classes and laboratories
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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.