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SEE344 - Control Systems


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Trimester 3: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Hieu Trinh
Trimester 3: Hieu Trinh

SEP291 or SIT294



Incompatible with:


Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

2 x 1 hour classes per week, 1 x 1 hour seminar per week.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

2 x 1 hours of class per week (recordings provided), 1 x 1 hour online seminar per week.


The theory and application of control engineering will be discussed. System Modelling: Linear, nonlinear, time invariant, regulator and servomechanisms. Modelling system dynamics by transfer functions, block diagrams, state models. System Response: Transient response of second order systems. Steady state response, steady state errors, frequency response. Stability: simple stability tests, Routh Hurwitz, root locus, Bode and Nyquist. Methods used for design and compensation of control systems such as PID, Ziegler-Nichols tuning rules, lead and lag compensator will be examined. MATLAB software package will be used for control system design and analysis.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit

At the completion of this Unit
successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Apply fundamental technical knowledge to analyse and design automatic control systems to satisfy systems performance.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving


Apply computer-assisted applications (MATLAB) in the analysis and design of highly complex control systems.

GLO3: Digital literacy


Demonstrate the application of different control approaches to the design of an actual control system based on the principles developed.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO5: Problem solving


Demonstrate creative and innovative solutions as part of the selection and design of controllers of an engineering project.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving


Self-management: working and learning independently
and taking
responsibility for personal actions
GLO6: Self-management

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Assessment Description Student output Weighting (% total mark for unit) Indicative due week
Assignment 1 (problem based assignment) Written response to seven problems 10% Week 3
Assignment 2 (problem based assignment) Written response to ten problems 15% Week 7
Assignment 3 (problem based assignment) Written response to problems 15% Week 10
Examination 2-hour written examination 60% Examination period

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Hurdle requirement

To be eligible to obtain a pass in this unit, students must achieve an overall mark of at least 40% in the examination.

Learning Resource

Prescribed text(s): R.C. Dorf and R.H. Bishop, 2017, Modern Control Systems Global Edition (13th edition), Mcgraw Hill.

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: SEE344 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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