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 modelling 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. A compulsory residential school is provided to promote development of unit learning outcomes.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisite: ENAE12013 Electrical Components and Circuit Analysis

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Residential School Compulsory Residential School
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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2018

Term 1 - 2018 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 1 - 2019 Profile
Mixed Mode

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. Written Assessment 25%
2. Written Assessment 30%
3. Written Assessment 25%
4. Practical and Written Assessment 20%
5. Written Assessment 0%

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 Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.2 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 81.82% 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.

Source: Unit survey
Feedback
Students appreciate the residential school
Recommendation
This good practice will be continued.
Action Taken
This good practice was continued.
Source: Unit survey
Feedback
Students appreciated to use of Matlab/SIMULINK, online ZOOM tutorial, quality of the textbook, timely responses from the lecturer and recorded video resources
Recommendation
These good practices will be continued.
Action Taken
These good practices were continued.
Source: Unit survey
Feedback
Students expressed concern on the heavy workload and workbook assignments
Recommendation
Workbook assignments will be revamped such that the students will be kept engaged with the unit throughout 12 weeks while reducing the workload on the workbook assignment questions.
Action Taken
Workbook assignments were revamped. Some quizzes were introduced as a part of the workbook to reduce workload.
Source: Unit survey
Feedback
Students requested more support material for their learning.
Recommendation
More support material will be provided.
Action Taken
More support material were provided.
Source: Unit survey
Feedback
Students appreciated the timely support from lecturer.
Recommendation
This good practice will be continued.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit survey
Feedback
Students appreciated the Zoom tutorial classes and the feedback given on the assessments.
Recommendation
This good practice will be continued.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit survey
Feedback
Students highlighted the need to put more focus on PID controllers and covering that topic earlier in the term.
Recommendation
Necessary changes will be made in the unit schedule for 2019 to bring the topic on PID controllers earlier in the term.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit survey
Feedback
Students highlighted the need to further improve the content in the residential school.
Recommendation
New experiment/s will be introduced into the residential school.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explain terminology, concepts and principles used to describe and analyse control systems.
  2. Model and analyse systems comprising several subsystems, using block diagrams and mathematical description.
  3. Describe and develop algorithms for discrete process control.
  4. Interpret the behaviour pattern of first order and second order systems in response to standard inputs so as to specify criteria for evaluating a control system.
  5. Interpret system behaviour using time domain methods to describe a continuous-time closed-loop system.
  6. Interpret system behaviour using frequency response methods to describe a continuous-time closed-loop system.
  7. Design compensators for closed loop systems to meet given specifications using standard techniques.
  8. Describe circuit structures which implement continuous controllers using passive and/or active elements and describe the discrete implementations.
  9. Document the process of modelling and analysis of control systems and present the information in a professional manner.
  10. Provide evidence of personal reflection on, and critical assessment of, team contributions and professional development.

Learning Outcomes are linked to Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Practical and Written Assessment
5 - 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 7 8 9 10
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
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
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Practical and Written Assessment
5 - Written Assessment