TRC3600 - Modelling and control - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Chief examiner(s)

Professor Chris Davies

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)




MAE3408, MEC3457


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).


NOTE: From 1 July 2019, the duration of all exams is changing to combine reading and writing time. The new exam duration for this unit is 3 hours and 10 minutes.

Continuous assessment: 40%

Final Examination (3 hours): 60%

Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

Workload requirements

3 hours lectures, 2 hours practicals and 6 hours of private study per week, and two 3-hour labs during the semester.

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