ELEC ENG 3027 - Control

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2017

Transfer functions; Stability; Dynamic and steady-state performance; Root locus diagrams; Bodeplots ; Cascade compensation using root locus and frequency response techniques. Introduction to state-space modelling and analysis. Analysis and design of digital control systems.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ELEC ENG 3027
    Course Control
    Coordinating Unit School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4.5 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Corequisites ELEC ENG 3033 or equivalent
    Assumed Knowledge ELEC ENG 2007, MATH 2201 & MATH 2202
    Assessment Written exam, class tests, practicals
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Lang White

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1 analyse closed-loop control systems for stability and steady-state performance
    2 design a closed-loop control system to satisfy dynamic performance specifications using frequency response, root-locus, and state-space techniques, as well as steady state error specifications
    3 apply all concepts to continuous and discrete time systems
    4 implement and test dynamic system models and control designs in Matlab
    5 perform system identification and compensation of a real feedback system in the laboratory

    The above course learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer.
    The course is designed to develop the following Elements of Competency: 1.1   1.2   1.3   2.1   2.2   2.3   3.1   

    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    3, 5
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    A set of course notes, practice problems and other supporting materials will also be available for downloading from the MyUni course web site.
    Recommended Resources
    Reference books :
    G. F. Franklin, J. D. Powell and A. Emami-Naeini, Feedback Control of Dynamic Systems, Pearson, Ed. 6.
    R. C. Dorf and R. H. Bishop, Modern Control Systems, Pearson Prentice-Hall, Ed. 11.
    Online Learning
    Extensive use will be made of the MyUni web site for this course, https://myuni.adelaide.edu.au/webapps/login.

    Course notes, tutorial problems and solutions, laboratory exercises and practice problems will all be available for downloading from the web site.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course relies on lectures as the primary delivery mechanism for the material. Tutorials supplement the lectures by providing exercises and example problems to enhance the understanding obtained through lectures. Practicals are used to provide hands-on experience for students to reinforce the theoretical concepts encountered in lectures. Continuous assessment activities provide the formative assessment opportunities for students to gauge their progress and understanding.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Activity Contact hours Workload hours
    Lecture 30 lectures 30 75
    Tutorials 6 tutorials 6 24
    Practical Compensation 3 24
    In-class tests 2 tests 2 18
    TOTALS 41 141
    Learning Activities Summary
    Activity Sessions Week Topic
    Lecture 1 1 Preliminaries, feedback control systems, revision of linear ODEs, Laplace transform
    2 1 Response modes of linear systems
    3 1 Stability of linear systems
    4 2 Transfer functions, block diagrams
    5-7 2, 3 Root locus diagrams, pole placement design
    8 3 Steady state frequency response, stability margins
    9 4 Bode diagrams
    10 4 Phase compensation
    11 5 Steady state errors
    12-13 5 Lead and lag compensator design
    14 6 Worked examples – compensator design
    15 6 Digital control. Revision of linear difference equations and z-transform. Response modes of discrete time linear systems
    16-19 7, 8 Design of digital compensators
    20-21 8, 9 State space modelling of discrete time linear systems
    22 9 State feedback pole placement design
    23 9 Worked examples – digital control
    24 10 State observers
    25 10 Estimated state feedback control
    26-27 11 TBA
    28 12 Worked examples – State space control design
    29-30 12, 13 Revision lectures as required
    Tutorial 1 2 Transfer functions, poles and zeros, response modes, closed loop systems and stability
    2 4 Root locus diagrams
    3 6 Phase compensation, Bode diagrams, steady state errors.
    4 8 Digital control design
    5 10 Digital control design and state space
    6 12 Observer design, estimated state feedback design
    In-class test 1 4 Pole-zero plots, root locus diagrams
    2 8 Compensator design
    Note that practical classes begin in week 9 of the semester. Students must attend their allocated practical class where further instructions on the operation of the laboratory session will be provided. Occupational Health and Safety inductions will be conducted at these times.
    Specific Course Requirements
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    The practical constitutes a SGDE for this course.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Formative/ Summative
    Due (week)*
    Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes
    In-class tests 20 Individual Summative Weeks 6, 10 1. 2. 3.
    Practical 25 Group Summative Week 12 1. 2. 4. 5.
    Exam 55 Individual Summative Week 14 > 40% 1. 2. 3.
    Total 100
    * The specific due date for each assessment task will be available on MyUni.
    This assessment breakdown is registered as an exemption to the University's Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy. The exemption is related to the Procedures clause(s):
    This course has a hurdle requirement. Meeting the specified hurdle criteria is a requirement for passing the course.
    Assessment Related Requirements
    The examination is a hurdle requirement. It is necessary to achieve at least 40% in the exam. If this is not achieved, the total course mark will be limited to a maximum of 49.

    A hurdle requirement is defined by the University's Assessment for Coursework Programs policy as "...an assessment task mandating a minimum level of performance as a condition of passing the course. If a student fails to meet a hurdle requirement (normally no less than 40%),and is assigned a total mark for the course in the range of 45-49, then the student is entitled to an offer of additional assessment of some type. The type of assessment is to be decided by the School Assessment Review Committee when determining final results. The student’s final total mark will be entered at no more than 49% and the offer of an additional assessment will be specified eg. US01. Once the additional assessment has been completed, this mark will be included in the calculation of the total mark for the course and the better of the two results will apply. Note however that the maximum final result for a course in which a student has sat an additional assessment will be a “50 Pass”.

    If a student is unable to meet a hurdle requirement related to an assessment piece (may be throughout semester or at semester’s end) due to medical or compassionate circumstances beyond their control, then the student is entitled to an offer of replacement assessment of some type. An interim result of RP will be entered for the student, and the student will be notified of the offer of a replacement assessment. Once the replacement assessment has been completed, the result of that assessment will be included in the calculation of the total mark for the course.
    Assessment Detail

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    All written submissions to formative assessment activities are to be submitted to designated boxes within the School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering by 3:00pm on the specified dated and must be accompanied by a signed cover sheet. Copies of blank cover sheets are available from the School office in Ingkarni Wardli 3.26.

    No late submissions will be accepted.
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    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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