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ELE2103 Linear Systems and Control

Semester 2, 2019 On-campus Toowoomba
Short Description: Linear Systems and Control
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: Paul Wen

Other requisites

Recommended prior or concurrent study: MAT1502 or MAT1102


Given that all engineering processes are time varying in nature, it is highly desirable to be able to model and hence predict their behaviour in time. This course initiates the skills necessary for the analysis, modification and achievement of specific behaviour in dynamic engineering systems. At present, it is linear analysis which provides the most general and useful solutions to engineering problems. The ability to control the performance of dynamic systems is an essential part of most engineering tasks. The study of classical control techniques and hardware provides an introduction to many of the problems that face the control engineer. Attention will be restricted to single input single output systems.


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

  1. deduce a linear, lumped parameter, time variant model to describe the behaviour of engineering equipment which might include electrical, mechanical, thermal and hydraulic or pneumatic components;
  2. predict the behaviour of a system from its linear model;
  3. exploit the analogous behaviour of different types of physical components and systems which are described by similar models;
  4. select and apply time domain, s-domain and/or frequency domain analysis and design techniques as appropriate;
  5. use the classical methods for design of basic feedback control system.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Physical system modelling 25.00
2. Time domain analysis and design 20.00
3. S-domain analysis and design 20.00
4. Frequency domain analysis and design 20.00
5. Typical controllers and design 15.00

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). (

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Nise, NS 2014, Control systems engineering, 7th edn, Wiley, Hoboken, NJ.

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.
Dorf, RC & Bishop, RH 2016, Modern control systems, 13th edn, Pearson Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ.
Kuo, BC & Golnaraghi, F 2017, Automatic control systems, 10th edn, Wiley, New York.
Ogata, K 2010, Modern control engineering, 5th edn, Pearson, Boston, MA.
MATLAB, Student Edition, Version 6.0 (or later) + Control Toolbox.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 45.00
Examinations 2.00
Lectures 39.00
Private Study 56.00
Tutorials 13.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 200 20 22 Aug 2019 1,2,3,4
ASSIGNMENT 2 200 20 24 Oct 2019 2,3,4,5
2 HOUR RESTRICTED EXAMINATION 600 60 End S2 1,2,3,4,5 (see note 1)

  1. Student Administration will advise students of the dates of their examinations during the semester.

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 weighted marks available for 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:
    In a Restricted Examination, candidates are allowed access to specific materials during the examination. The only materials that candidates may use in the restricted examination for this course are: writing materials (non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination); calculators which cannot hold textual information (students must indicate on their examination paper the make and model of any calculator(s) they use during the examination).

  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. Referencing in Assignments must comply with the Harvard (AGPS) referencing system. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (APGS) style to be used is defined by the USQ library’s referencing guide. These policies can be found at