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ELEC5735: Foundations of Control (2014  Semester 2)
Unit:  ELEC5735: Foundations of Control (6 CP) 
Mode:  NormalDay 
On Offer:  Yes 
Level:  Postgraduate 
Faculty/School:  School of Electrical & Information Engineering 
Unit Coordinator/s: 
Dr Shrivastava, Yash

Session options:  Semester 2 
Versions for this Unit:  
Site(s) for this Unit: 
Campus:  Camperdown/Darlington 
PreRequisites:  None. 
Brief Handbook Description:  This unit is mainly concerned with the application of feedback control to continuoustime, linear timeinvariant systems. It aims to give the students an appreciation of the possibilities in the design of control and automation in a range of application areas. The concepts learnt in this unit will be made use of heavily in many units of study in the areas of communication, control, electronics, and signal processing. The following specific topics are covered: Modelling of physical systems using state space, differential equations, and transfer functions, dynamic response of linear time invariant systems and the role of system poles and zeros on it, simplification of complex systems, stability of feedback systems and their steady state performance, RouthHurwitz stability criterion, sketching of root locus and controller design using the root locus, Proportional, integral and derivative control, lead and lag compensators, frequency response techniques, Nyquist stability criterion, gain and phase margins, compensator design in the frequency domain, state space design for single input singleoutput systems, pole placement state variable feedback control and observer design 
Assumed Knowledge:  Specifically the following concepts are assumed knowledge for this unit: familiarity with basic Algebra, Differential and Integral Calculus, Physics; solution of linear differential equations, Matrix Theory, eigenvalues and eigenvectors; linear electrical circuits, ideal opamps; continuous linear timeinvariant systems and their time and frequency domain representations, Laplace transform, Fourier transform. 
Lecturer/s: 
Dr Shrivastava, Yash


Timetable:  ELEC5735 Timetable  
Time Commitment: 


T&L Activities:  Tutorial: Tutorials are devoted to practicing basic concepts covered in the lectures and understanding how more complex tasks can be handled by putting these basic concepts together. The focus is on active learning and the group work and discussion is encouraged. The students also get to present their solutions to the rest of the class. Laboratory: Labs are devoted to hands on experience with real control systems. Students will do the modeling, make measurements and design control schemes for the lab equipment. They will also present their results in the format of lab reports. Independent Study: Students need to do some preparation for tutorials and labs. they may also need to read the text and other references to fully master the basic concepts covered in the lectures. Report  own time: Students would need to write a 500 word critical selfreflection essay. This would help students in identifying their own strengths and weaknesses and thus take charge of their learning. 
Attributes listed here represent the key course goals (see Course Map tab) designated for this unit. The list below describes how these attributes are developed through practice in the unit. See Learning Outcomes and Assessment tabs for details of how these attributes are assessed.
Attribute Development Method  Attribute Developed 
Extensive design and analysis work is done in tutorials and labs.  Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 3) 
Gain an ability to apply the principles of feedback control to electrical, mechanical, and biological systems.  Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 3) 
Need to read and understand the text, lecture notes, lab procedures.  Information Seeking (Level 2) 
Students need to work in groups and present their solutions to the rest of the class during tutorials. They also need to write lab reports and 500 word critical selfreflection essay.  Communication (Level 3) 
Apply selfevaluation techniques through independent critical selfreflection on learning.  Professional Conduct (Level 2) 
Group work in labs and tutorials.  Project and Team Skills (Level 2) 
For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table.
Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.
Design (Level 2)Assessment Methods: 


Assessment Description: 
Tutorials and Labs: There will be 8 tutorials (of 2 hours each) and 4 laboratories (of 3 hours each) during the semester. Tutorials will include analytical problem solving sessions on the material covered in the lectures and computer aided solution / illustration. These sessions will give you the opportunity to explore the concepts in detail and are very helpful in understanding the material covered in the lecture. Please see the unit of study web page for the details of tutorial assessment scheme. It stresses the importance of your preparation work and enhances your communication skills. Besides this incentive, in my experience I have found that there is a direct correlation between the tutorial participation and the exam performance of the students. The solutions for the tutorials and computer codes will be available from the unit of study web page after the session. Laboratories are designed to introduce you to basic feedback control concepts and measurements. They will require you to do system identification for lab equipment and implement/test a few standard controllers for it, model and simulate dynamic systems and controllers in Matlab. You will enjoy doing them. Students will work in groups of two or three, but will submit individual reports. Your measurements must be signed and dated by a tutor before the completion of the lab session. Each lab work/demonstration is worth 1%. You need to submit a brief written lab report (worth 3%) for at least one of four labs. The idea is to give you some experience in report writing. Only, your best lab report mark will be counted towards the final assessment. Midterm Exam: The midterm exam is scheduled to provide you an assessment halfway through the semester and more importantly to give you a practice run for the final exam. It will be of the same format as the final exam (but of shorter duration). Again the solutions will be available on the unit of study web page after the exam. Both the midterm exam and the final exam will be based on the lecture material and tutorials. Both exams will be closed book and closed notes. They will test your conceptual understanding of the material. Any complex formulae needed, will be provided on the question paper. Final Exam: Final Exam 500 word critical selfreflection essay: Students would need to write a 500 word critical selfreflection essay. This is due in week 13 and would help students in identifying their own strengths and weaknesses and thus take charge of their learning. 

Assessment Feedback:  Marked lab reports with detailed comments and MidSem Exam will be returned to the students. Instant feedback is provided to students during tutorials.  
Grading: 


Policies & Procedures:  See the policies page of the faculty website at http://sydney.edu.au/engineering/studentpolicies/ for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies. 
Prescribed Text/s: 
Note: Students are expected to have a personal copy of all books listed.

Online Course Content:  Learning Management System (LMS) through MyUni 
Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar https://web.timetable.usyd.edu.au/calendar.jsp
Week  Description 
Week 1  Introduction and review of Laplace Transform. 
Week 2  Modeling of physical systems. 
Week 3  Modeling of physical systems and linearization of nonlinear systems. 
Week 4  Time response of linear systems. 
Week 5  System reduction. 
Week 6  Stability of linear systems, RouthHurwitz criterion, and steady state errors. 
Week 7  Steady state errors, sensitivity, and root locus techniques. 
Week 8  Controller design using root locus. 
Week 9  Midterm exam. 
Assessment Due: Midterm Exam  
Week 10  Controller design using root locus. 
Week 11  Frequency response and Bode plots. 
Week 12  Nyquist criterion for stability and controller design using frequency response techniques. 
Week 13  Controller design using state space techniques. 
Assessment Due: 500 word critical selfreflection essay  
Exam Period  Assessment Due: Final Exam 
Course Relations
The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.
Course  Year(s) Offered 
Master of Professional Engineering (Power)  2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 
Master of Professional Engineering (Electrical)  2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 
Course Goals
This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:
Attribute  Practiced  Assessed 
Design (Level 2)  No  1.4% 
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 3)  Yes  72.4% 
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 3)  Yes  18.1% 
Information Seeking (Level 2)  Yes  1.7% 
Communication (Level 3)  Yes  3.2% 
Professional Conduct (Level 2)  Yes  1.5% 
Project and Team Skills (Level 2)  Yes  1.7% 
These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.