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ELE2101 Control and Instrumentation

Semester 2, 2014 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering

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Examiner: Gordon Hampson
Moderator: Paul Wen


Pre-requisite: ENG1500 or MAT1500 or ENM1500 or ENM1600 or Students must be enrolled in the following Program: MEPR


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. 13.00
3. Feedback control: block diagrams, feedback options, transfer functions, steady state values. 18.00
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, introduction to advanced control topics. 2.00

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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  • A cheap scientific calculator (may be programmable or graphic-type, but this is not required) a cheap protractor, scale ruler, dividers, 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 2011, Modern control systems, 12th 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 2011, Control systems engineering, 6th 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 requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 20.00
Directed Study 72.00
Examinations 2.00
Private Study 61.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
CMA F1 100 0 08 Aug 2014
CMA F2 100 0 05 Sep 2014
CMA S1B 150 15 12 Sep 2014
CMA F3 100 0 17 Oct 2014
CMA S2B 150 15 24 Oct 2014
PT A OF 2 HR RESTRICTED EXAM 360 36 End S2 (see note 1)

  1. The 2 hour examination is in two parts. Each part requires a barcode label. Part A requires an Examination Answer Sheet. Part B requires an Answer Booklet. Graph paper for Part B is integral with the examination paper. 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:
    (i) To complete each of the assignments satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the marks available (or at least a grade of C-) for each assignment. (ii) To complete the examination satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the marks available (or at least a grade of C-) for the examination.

  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 in a course a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks for the course.

  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. 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; only hand-held battery-operated programmable or 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. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner.

  2. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if required by the Examiner.

  3. In accordance with University Policy, the Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  4. If electronic submission of assessments is specified for the course, students will be notified of this in the course Introductory Book and on the USQ Study Desk. All required electronic submission must be made through the Assignment Drop Box located on the USQ Study Desk for the course, unless directed otherwise by the examiner of the course. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  5. If the method of assessment submission is by written, typed or printed paper-based media students should (i) submit to the Faculty Office for students enrolled in the course in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail to the USQ for students enrolled in the course in the external mode. The due date for the assessment is the date by which a student must (i) submit the assessment for students enrolled in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail the assessment for students enrolled in the external mode.

  6. The Faculty will NOT normally accept submission of assessments by facsimile or email.

  7. Students who do not have regular access to postal services for the submission of paper-based assessments, or regular access to Internet services for electronic submission, or who are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations, may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements prior to the submission date.

  8. Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in a course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of a course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded one of the temporary grades: IM (Incomplete - Make up), IS (Incomplete - Supplementary Examination) or ISM (Incomplete -Supplementary Examination and Make up). A temporary grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non directed personal study.

  9. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination; IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

  10. Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide.

Other requirements

  1. Students will require access to computer facilities as well as regular internet access to UConnect to complete CMA assignment tests for this course.