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EE4600 - Automatic Control 3

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

Section A - Sampled-Data Systems: Uses classical (frequency-domain transfer function) techniques in the analysis and design of digital controllers for the control of analogue plants, termed sample data systems. Plants and controllers are modelled using the z-transform which leads to rational transfer functions allowing for the usual pole/zero terminology and system performance specification and analysis. Section B - Modern Controller Design: Uses modern (time-domain state space) techniques in the analysis and design of controllers for continuous time plants. This section starts with developing state models of systems from both physical properties and transfer functions. It then investigates techniques for the design of controllers for systems that are modelled in state-space form such as the pole-placement technique. Associated with this are the concepts of controllability, observability and state feedback controller design

Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate a competence in assessing and improving the dynamic performance of sample data systems using classical and modern control system analysis and design techniques;
  • design a control system applying PLCs in typical industrial manufacturing systems.


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 29-Aug-2019
Coordinator: Dr Kenny Leong
Lecturers: Dr Owen Kenny, <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 39 hours lectures
  • 13 hours tutorials
  • 9 hours workshops/Seminars
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: end of semester exam (50% - 70%); on-course assessment, some of which may be invigilated (30% - 50%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.