Faculty of Engineering

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Engineering
OfferedMalaysia First semester 2014 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2014 (Day)
Malaysia Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Professor Bijan Shirinzadeh (Clayton); Dr Edwin Tan (Malaysia)


This unit commences with the modeling of various dynamic engineering systems, followed by the analysis of their transient and steady-state responses. More sophisticated analytical methods such as root locus and frequency response will be explored and will build the foundation for controller design in the future. Modeling via state-space methods will also be briefly covered.


At the end of this unit, students are expected to:

  • value the significance and relevance of systems and associated control in engineering
  • formulate linear dynamic mathematical models of various systems (mechanical, electrical, fluid, hydraulic and pneumatic) as well as graphical models (such as block diagrams and signal flow graphs) using time-domain, frequency-domain and state-space techniques together with the unified concept of resistance, capacitance and inertia/inductance
  • calculate the response of systems as a function of time using classical differential equation solution, Laplace transforms and state-space method
  • analyse the stability and dynamic performance of a system using root locus and Bode plot methods, and calculate system parameters to achieve the desired dynamic response
  • recognise the effects of non-linearity in systems and accept the limitations of the use of linear models as approximations
  • formulate solutions using computer-based techniques (such as Matlab).


Written assignments and laboratory work: 30%
Examination (3 hours): 70%

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Workload requirements

3 hours of lectures, 2 hours of tutorials and 6 hours of private study per week plus two 3-hour laboratories during semester.