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2021/22 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

ELEC5570M Control Systems Design

15 creditsClass Size: 140

Module manager: Professor Kang Li

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

Year running 2021/22

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The teaching and assessment methods shown below will be kept under review during 2021-22. 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) any online activities/sessions. Where learning activities are scheduled to take place on campus, it may be possible and/or necessary for some students to join these sessions remotely. Some of the listed contact hours may also be optional surgeries. Students will be provided with full information about the arrangements for all of these activities by the module staff at the beginning of the teaching semester.‘Independent online learning’ may involve watching pre-recorded lecture material or screen-casts, engaging in learning activities such as online worked examples or mini-projects, 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 sessions are approximate and intended as a guide only. Further details will be confirmed when the module commences.Where assessments are shown as Online Time-Limited Assessments, the durations shown are indicative only. The actual time permitted for individual assessments will be confirmed prior to the assessments taking place.


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 control systems.
4. Explain the difference between continuous and discrete time systems and the role of the z-transform.
5. Discuss the design and implementation of digital control systems.
6. Use computational methods in the design and application of control problems in a representative range of 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

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
On-line Learning71.007.00
Independent online learning hours22.00
Private study hours113.00
Total Contact hours15.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Students are expected to use private study time to consolidate their understanding of course materials, to undertake preparatory work for seminars, workshops, tutorials, examples classes and practical classes, and also to prepare for in-course and summative assessments.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students studying ELEC modules will receive formative feedback in a variety of ways, including the use of self-test quizzes on Minerva, practice questions/worked examples and (where appropriate) through verbal interaction with teaching staff and/or post-graduate demonstrators.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
AssignmentAssignment 130.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)30.00

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.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment2 hr 00 mins30.00
Online Time-Limited assessment2 hr 00 mins40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)70.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 29/06/2021 16:47:30


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