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ELE2101 Control and Instrumentation

Semester 2, 2019 Online
Short Description: Control and Instrumentation
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 031399 - Electrical, Electronic Enginee
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Tony Ahfock


Pre-requisite: ENG1500 or MAT1500 or ENM1500 or ENM1600 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MEPR or GCEN


This course covers the elements of classical control. A good grounding in the understanding of the dynamic behaviour of systems is followed by a study of the elements that make up some control systems. Standard techniques for modifying the behaviour of control systems are examined. Particular studies of real world control systems are used to bring together the topics previously covered.


The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. On completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. categorise and analyse the behaviour of a dynamic system;
  2. describe the characteristics of common control system components;
  3. interpret controller characteristics;
  4. analyse overall control system characteristics;
  5. predict overall control system behaviour from the characteristics of the components which comprise the system;
  6. analyse and trouble shoot control loop faults;
  7. evaluate and tune a control system loop controller.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Introduction to control systems: open loop systems, closed loop systems, types of system behaviour, types of control systems. 5.00
2. Behaviour of simple systems: zero, first and second order, higher order, process systems, inputs other than step inputs, frequency response. 10.00
3. Feedback control: block diagrams, feedback options, transfer functions, steady state values. 15.00
4. Some control system hardware: transducers, amplifiers, actuators, motor speed control, DC servo system. 10.00
5. Frequency response of control systems: measurements, Bode plots, stability criteria, Nyquist diagrams. 20.00
6. Signal processing and transmission: amplifiers, noise, external interference, noise reduction techniques. 2.00
7. The compensation of system performance: effects of gain, effects of rate feedback, compensation techniques, controllers, controller settings. 20.00
8. Further control system hardware: hydraulic control, pneumatic control systems and controllers, instrument servo mechanisms, digital control systems. 10.00
9. Overview: the complete system including saturation limits, introduction to advanced control topics. 8.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

A cheap scientific calculator (non programmable) a cheap protractor, scale ruler, drawing divider set, HB pencil, eraser, drawing compass and flexi-curve drawing aid.
A pad of A4, 4-cycle, semi-log graph paper (available from the USQ Bookshop).
Caution: 3-cycle, 5-cycle and log-log graph paper are unsuitable.
In this course, the study book serves as the main source of all assessable information – sufficient for students to meet all of the course objectives to a high level of achievement without recourse to the recommended reference materials.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Bolton, W 2000, Newnes instrumentation and measurement pocket book, 3rd edn, Newnes, Oxford.
(USQ Library Call No: 681.2 Bol.)
Dorf, RC & Bishop, RH 2016, Modern control systems, 13th edn, Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey.
(USQ Library Call No: 629.83 Dor.)
Johnson, CD 2006, Process control instrumentation technology, 8th edn, Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey.
Nise, NS 2014, Control systems engineering, 7th edn, Wiley, New Jersey.
(USQ Library Call No: 629.8 Nis.)
Ogata, K 2010, Modern control engineering, 5th edn, Pearson, Boston, Massachusettes.
(USQ Library Call No: 629.8 Oga.)
In this course, the study book serves as the main source of all assessable information - sufficient for students to meet all of the course objectives to a high level of achievement without recourse to the recommended reference materials.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 22.00
Directed Study 39.00
Private Study 94.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
Quiz F1 (formative 1) 100 0 30 Jul 2019 1,2
Quiz F2 (formative 2) 100 0 27 Aug 2019 2,5
Quiz S1C (summative 1) 200 20 03 Sep 2019 1,2,5
Quiz F3 (formative 3) 100 0 08 Oct 2019 2,3,4,6
Quiz S2C (summative 2) 200 20 15 Oct 2019 2,3,4,5,6,7
EXAMINATION 600 60 End S2 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 (see Examination notes below)

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Notes
Exam (Part A) 340 34 (see exam note 1)
Exam (Part B) 260 26 (see exam note 2)

Exam Notes
  1. This will be a restricted examination. The total working time for the examination (parts A and B) is 2 hours. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the official examination timetable has been released.
  2. Graph paper for Part B is integral with the examination paper.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks or a grade of at least C-. Students do not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to be awarded a passing grade in this course. Refer to Statement 4 below for the requirements to receive a passing grade in this course.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course (i.e. the Primary Hurdle), and have satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), i.e. the end of semester examination by achieving at least 40% of the combined marks available for Parts A and B of that assessment item.

    Supplementary assessment may be offered where a student has undertaken all of the required summative assessment items and has passed the Primary Hurdle but failed to satisfy the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), or has satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised) but failed to achieve a passing Final Grade by 5% or less of the total weighted Marks.

    To be awarded a passing grade for a supplementary assessment item (if applicable), a student must achieve at least 50% of the available marks for the supplementary assessment item as per the Assessment Procedure (point 4.4.2).

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks (or grades) obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    The examination in this course has two parts. Part A is a restricted examination with 420 marks allocated. Part B is a restricted examination with 280 marks allocated. In a restricted examination, candidates are allowed access to specific materials during the examination. The materials that candidates may use in the restricted examination for this course are: only writing and drawing instruments; non-programmable calculators are permitted. This examination is confidential and is printed on blue paper. Students may NOT retain the blue examination paper. Students must NOT remove pages from the answer booklet. All materials supplied MUST be returned, whether used or not.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Students must familiarise themselves with the USQ Assessment Procedures (

  2. IEEE is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use IEEE style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. For further information on this referencing style, refer to the below website:

Other requirements

  1. Students will require access to computer facilities as well as regular internet access to UConnect to complete Moodle quizzes for this course.

  2. Students will require access to a printer to print modest quantities of material that may be provided via the StudyDesk.