MECT08014 2019 Control Systems Analysis and Design 401

General Details

Full Title
Control Systems Analysis and Design 401
Transcript Title
Control Systems Analysis and D
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Subject Area
MECT - Mechatronics
MECT - Mechatronics
08 - NFQ Level 8
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Marion McAfee
Programme Membership
SG_EMTRN_K08 201900 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechatronic Engineering (Add-on) SG_EMECH_K08 201900 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechatronic Engineering SG_EMTOL_K08 202000 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechatronic Engineering SG_EROBO_H08 202000 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Robotics and Automation SG_EMECH_H08 202400 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechatronic Systems SG_EMTRN_K08 202200 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechatronic Engineering (Add-on) SG_EMTRN_K08 202300 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechatronic Engineering (Add-on)

Control Systems engineering is all about plant and processes (systems) - how they behave when subjected to certain inputs (system response) and how to get them to do what we want (system control). Control Systems Analysis and Design 401 addresses techniques for design of common industrial controllers

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Apply physics-based and System Identification techniques to obtain Laplace Transform models of first and second order systems


Obtain a root locus plot and understand its role in control system design and analysis


Understand the concept of frequency response and its role in control system design


Apply various design techniques to design of PID and Digital PID controllers


Use appropriate software for computer aided design, simulation, testing and analysis of the control design strategies outlined.


Write a professional report on the process of modelling, analysis and control system design applied to practical project work.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Lectures on background theory with applied examples of implementing the various analysis and design strategies. Students must reflect on theory in completion of regular quiz-type assessments/tutorial sheets.

Practical laboratory sessions where students use computer aided analysis and design software in the design, simulation and testing of control strategies - both on simulations and real physical plant. Students must complete a professional write up of the design process with critical evaluation of the results.



Module Assessment Strategies

Final exam 60%

Practical design projects and reports 30% (Must Pass)

Continuous assessment 10%

Repeat Assessments


Module Dependencies

MECT08002 201300 Control Systems Analysis and Design 401

Indicative Syllabus


Modern control strategies for commonly encountered industrial systems (electrical, mechanical, fluid and thermal) will be developed.

  • Laplace transform modelling and analysis in the 's plane'
  • First and second order system identification
  • Steady State error
  •  The root locus method
  • PID Controllers
  • Frequency response methods
  • Digital PID

Indicative Practicals/Projects

Use of computer aided design and analysis software for implementing the above control strategies in modelling and control of e.g.:

  • Process plant 
  • d.c. motor systems
  • Mass-spring-damper systems
  • VTOL system
  • Satellite tracking
  • DVD head positioning

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
40 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
60 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Other Exam Supervised and unsupervised quizzes Coursework Assessment Assessment 10 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5
2 Written Report of practical design projects Coursework Assessment Written Report/Essay 30 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5,6

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam UNKNOWN 60 % End of Term 1,2,3,4

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Practical / Laboratory Engineering Laboratory Practical 2 Weekly 2.00
Lecture Flat Classroom Theory 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2016-12-14 Modern Control Systems, Global Edition Pearson
ISBN 1292152974 ISBN-13 9781292152974

For courses in Control Theory Developing Problem-Solving Skills Through Integrated Design and Analysis The purpose of Dorf's Modern Control Systems, Thirteenth Edition is to present the structure of feedback control theory and to provide a sequence of exciting discoveries. The book demonstrates various real-world, global engineering problems while touching on evolving design strategies like green technology. Some of the themes at-hand include climate change, clean water, sustainability, waste management, emissions reduction, and minimizing energy. Throughout the text, students apply theory to the design and analysis of control systems. The Thirteenth Edition continues to explore the role of and need for automated and precise control systems in green engineering. Key examples of green engineering, such as wind turbine control and the modeling of a photovoltaic generator to achieve maximum power delivery, are discussed in detail. The text is organized around the concept of control systems theory in the context of frequency and time domains. Written to be equally useful for all engineering disciplines, it covers topics such as classical control, employing root locus design, frequency and response design using Bode and Nyquist plots.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources







Dorf & Bishop

Modern Control Systems Pearson 2011


Control Systems Engineering




Modern Control Engineering



URL Resources

Control Tutorials for MATLAB and SIMULINK:


Other Resources


Additional Information