ENAE12003 - Control Technology

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will introduce you to control systems. You will describe control systems using appropriate terminology and concepts and use mathematical tools to model and analyse control systems and develop algorithms for discrete process control. You will interpret control system responses to standard inputs in order to develop system evaluation criteria, as well as interpreting continuous-time closed-loop system behaviour using time domain and frequency response methods. You will design compensators for closed-loop systems to meet given specifications and describe different approaches to discrete control using common system components and tools and present practical implementations of the controllers using passive and active circuits and discrete processes. You will document modeling and analysis of control systems in a professional manner, and work productively and professionally, both as an individual and as a member of a team. In this unit, you must complete compulsory practical activities. Refer to the Engineering Undergraduate Course Moodle site for proposed dates.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites
Pre-requisite: ENAE12013 Electrical Components and Circuit Analysis

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Quiz(zes) 20%
2. Written Assessment 30%
3. Written Assessment 30%
4. Practical and Written Assessment 20%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 100.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 37.50% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

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Lecturer made sure that students understood what was required and they enjoyed the learning experience.
Continue this good practice.
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This was continued
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Time periods between submitting work and receiving feedback could be better.
Try to reduce the gap between assessment submission and releasing feedback.
Action Taken
This was implemented
Source: Unit Coordinator reflection
Review the number of assessment pieces.
Change assessment structure if applicable.
Action Taken
The assessment structure was changed.
Source: Unit survey
Lecturer provided clear and knowledgeable explanations
Continue this good practice.
Action Taken
Source: Unit survey
Assignment questions challenged the students to think and encouraged students to interact with the lecturer.
Continue this good practice.
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Source: Unit survey
Students wanted more examples or elaborations and link content to real-world applications.
Introduce more real-world examples in the content and laboratory exercises.
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Students wanted assignment questions to make them think.
Introduce activities that trigger critical thinking.
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Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Explain the principles of automatic control systems and associated control system building blocks
  2. Model and analyse the behaviour of dynamic systems using appropriate mathematical, graphical, and computer-aided tools
  3. Apply analytical techniques to determine system stability and input output response
  4. Carry out closed loop controller design tasks both in continuous and discrete domains
  5. Investigate and report the process of analogue and/or digital controller design for a dynamic system; solved collaboratively or autonomously
  6. Communicate and document analogue and/or digital control system solutions, calculations, and approaches, using correct terminology, symbols, and diagrams.

The Learning Outcomes for this unit are linked with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standards for Engineering Associates in the areas of 1. Knowledge and Skill Base, 2. Engineering Application Ability and 3. Professional and Personal Attributes at the following levels:

1.5 Knowledge of engineering design practice and contextual factors impacting the practice area. (LO: 1N 2N 3N 4N 5N 6N )
3.1 Ethical conduct and professional accountability. (LO: 5N 6N )
1.3 In-depth practical knowledge and skills within specialist sub-disciplines of the practice area. (LO: 1I 2I 3I 4I 5I 6I )
1.4 Discernment of engineering developments within the practice area. (LO: 1I 2I 3I 4I 5I 6I )
1.6 Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of sustainable engineering practice in the area of practice. (LO: 1I 2I 3I 4I 5I 6I )
2.2 Application of technical and practical techniques, tools and resources to well-defined engineering problems. (LO: 2I 3I 4I 5I 6I )
2.3 Application of systematic design processes to well-defined engineering problems. (LO: 2I 3I 4I 5I 6I )
2.4 Application of systematic project management processes. (LO: 5I 6I )
3.2 Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains. (LO: 5I 6I )
3.4 Professional use and management of information. (LO: 5I 6I )
3.5 Orderly management of self, and professional conduct. (LO: 5I 6I )
3.6 Effective team membership and team leadership. (LO: 5I 6I )
1.1 Descriptive, formula-based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the practice area. (LO: 1A 2A 3A 4I 5I 6I )
1.2 Procedural-level understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the practice area. (LO: 1I 2A 3A 4I 5I 6I )
2.1 Application of established technical and practical methods to the solution of well-defined engineering problems. (LO: 1I 2A 3A 4A 5I 6I )

Note: LO refers to the Learning Outcome number(s) which link to the competency and the levels: N – Introductory, I – Intermediate and A - Advanced.
Refer to the Engineering Undergraduate Course Moodle site for further information on the Engineers Australia's Stage 1 Competency Standard for Professional Engineers and course level mapping information https://moodle.cqu.edu.au/course/view.php?id=1511

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Practical and Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10