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2020/21 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

ELEC5570M Control Systems Design

15 creditsClass Size: 140

Module manager: Dr. Ben Chong

Taught: 1 Sep to 31 Jan (adv yr), Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The teaching and assessment methods shown below will be kept under review during 2020-21. In particular, if conditions allow for alternative formats of delivery, we may amend the timetable and schedule appropriate classes in addition to (or in place of) the Online Learning Workshops. For Semester 2 (from January 2021), we anticipate that this will be most likely, in which case online teaching will be substituted for traditional face-to-face teaching methods, including lectures and practical classes. ‘Independent online learning’ will involve watching pre-recorded lecture material or screen-casts, engaging in learning activities such as online worked examples or remote/virtual laboratory work, etc. Students will be expected to fully engage with all of these activities. The time commitment for independent online learning, and also the frequency and duration of Online Learning Workshops, are approximate and intended as a guide only. Further details will be confirmed when the module commences.


This module covers the analysis and design of control systems. Students' knowledge and understanding of linear systems is developed to enable them to analytically investigate control systems and simulate them using computer tools.Students have the opportunity to design and evaluate PID and compensator-based controllers using several analytical techniques. The principles of digital control systems and their analysis are introduced and methods for implementing digital control systems are developed.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Apply simulation techniques to determine the characteristics of unfamiliar linear systems, including using transfer functions.
2. Perform stability analysis using root locus design method and Nyquist's criterion in the design of the feedback systems.
3. Use software tools for the modelling and design of simple control systems.
4. Understand the difference between continuous and discrete time systems and be familiar with the z-transform.
5. Demonstrate familiarity with digital control design and implementation.
6. Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the use of computer tools in the design and application of control problems in a range of representative electronic, mechanical and electro-mechanical problems.


Topics may include, but are not limited to:

System modelling through transfer functions and state-spate equations
Evaluation of system performance through its step response
Analysis and design of controllers (for eg., PD, PI and PID controllers) using root locus design method
Analysis and design of controllers using the phase-lead and phase lag compensation methods based on the concepts of phase margin and crossover frequency, and the plant’s open loop frequency response
Introduction to digital control and comparison between discrete and continuous time controllers
Introduction to discrete signals and the z-transforms
Analysis, design and evaluation of the transient performance of discrete-time control systems
Implementation of computer-based control systems

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
On-line Learning81.008.00
Independent online learning hours48.00
Private study hours94.00
Total Contact hours8.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Students are expected to use private study time to consolidate the material covered in lectures, to undertake preparatory work for examples classes/laboratory classes and to prepare for summative assessments.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Feedback will be mainly provided through the examples classes.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Online AssessmentOnline Assignment/Test 115.00
Online AssessmentOnline Assignment/Test 225.00
Online AssessmentOnline Assignment/Test 325.00
Online AssessmentOnline Assignment/Test 435.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Resits for ELEC and XJEL modules are subject to the School's Resit Policy and the Code of Practice on Assessment (CoPA), which are available on Minerva. Students should be aware that, for some modules, a resit may only be conducted on an internal basis (with tuition) in the next academic session.

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 10/08/2020 08:35:36


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