ACS1321 Introduction to Systems Analysis and Control
Module Description (subject to change)
This module introduces modelling and analysis of linear models. It includes a detailed analysis of the dynamical behaviour of 1st and 2nd order systems linking behaviour to physical parameters, e.g. rise time, settling time, overshoot, steady-state. Damping and damping ratio and resonance. Frequency response is discussed briefly.
The module also introduces students to feedback systems by providing examples of open-loop and closed-loop feedback, as well as system stability analysis. Students are introduced to simple practical controllers, including PID controllers. Systems concepts considered include classification and properties of linear systems. The principles of Laplace Transforms are taught for solving linear differential equations, and for system representation, using transfer functions and block diagram algebra. Performance criteria focus on stability, poles and zeros, time-domain and frequency-domain performance characteristics by examining first-order and second-order systems.
MATLAB is used to reinforce the simulation and analysis of all module content and coursework assignments.
Credits: 15 (Academic Year)
If you have any questions about the module please talk to me during the lectures or the labs in the first instance. It is likely that other students will learn from any questions you ask as well, so don’t be afraid to ask.
Outside of lectures please contact me via email, or drop in to see me.
Other Teaching Staff
By the end of the module students will be able to:
This module satisfies the AHEP3 (Accreditation of Higher Education Programmes, Third Edition) Learning Outcomes that are listed in brackets after each learning outcome above. For further details on AHEP3 Learning Outcomes, see the downloads section of our accreditation webpage.
The module will cover the following topics or themes:
Learning and Teaching Methods
NOTE: This summary of teaching methods is representative of a normal Semester. Owing to the ongoing disruption from Covid-19, the exact method of delivery will be different in 2020/21.
The module will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorial classes and laboratory sessions. The lectures will be used to teach the main background and technical concepts reinforced by examples covered during tutorial classes. The tutorial sessions will encourage students to develop their knowledge and understanding of the concepts and techniques taught in the lectures. The laboratory classes will extend this application through the use of basic techniques, including MATLAB.
Learning and Teaching Materials
All teaching materials will be available via MOLE and a university shared server (accessible via MUSE and on the main network).
The module is assessed via coursework throughout the year (40% total) and examination in Sem 2 (60%):
Coursework Semester 1 (5%)
Coursework Semester 2 (10%)
Blackboard (MOLE) quizzes throughout the year (25%)
Summative exam worth 60% in Sem 2 exam period.
Resit is usually by examination only.
This module has weekly tutorials where students can ask for feedback on their progress.
Students are encouraged to provide feedback during the module direct to the lecturer. Students will also have the opportunity to provide formal feedback via the Faculty of Engineering Student Evaluation Survey at the end of each semester.
You can view the latest Department response to the survey feedback here.