CONTROL - 2017/8

Module code: ENG2123

Module provider

Mechanical Engineering Sciences

Module Leader

FALLAH S Dr (Mech Eng Sci)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 5

JACs code

Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Examination EXAMINATION (2HRS) 75%
School-timetabled exam/test IN-SEMESTER TEST 25%

Alternative Assessment

Alternative assessment: A coursework-equivalent to the in-semester test will be offered as an alternative assessment

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

None Qualifying condition(s) A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Module overview

Second year common module in control for MES students.

Control in its application spans across all areas of engineering and beyond. This module provides fundamentals of linear, time-invariant control system analysis in both time and frequency domain, as well as respective controller design.

Module aims

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:

Introduction: terminology, the concept of control, the feedback control mechanism, selected dynamic models of mechanical, electrical and process systems;

Laplace transform: definition, derivation of simple Laplace Transforms; operational properties, inverse Laplace Transform; first shift theorem, unit step functions, second shift theorem; application to solution of systems of linear differential equations. Impulse function, transform of period functions, convolution theorem;

Process modelling: Concept, the transfer function and its characteristics, the system response from the transfer function, the block diagram and system simplification;

Linear system analysis in the time domain: Response of the first-order system, steady-state error, response of the second order system, system response versus pole location, response of the time-delayed systems;

Design of control systems in time domain: Closed loop vs. open loop systems, general requirements of control systems, automatic controllers (P, PI, PD and PID), tuning of PID controllers;

Sensors and actuators: Sensors, actuators, sensors in control systems, actuators in control systems;

Frequency domain analysis: Concept, frequency response, Bode diagram representation, the first-order system, the second-order system, characteristics of bode plot, bode plot of the transfer functions with zeros.


Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Introduce principles of control systems analysis and design through theory and worked examples. This is mainly delivered through lectures and tutorial classes with independently worked out examples.

The learning and teaching methods include:

3 hours lecture per week x 11 weeks
1 hour tutorial x 11 weeks

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate:

understanding of scientific principles, methodologies and mathematical methods associated with control systems as well as the ability to analyse and design particular systems in the final examination. The inter-semester test amplifies awareness and ability to devise control concept and to analyse systems from their response.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

In-semester test   [Learning outcomes 2, 3]              (1 hr)        (25%)
Examination         [Learning outcomes 1, 3, 4, 5]      (2 hrs)      (75%)

Formative assessment and feedback

Formative verbal feedback is given in tutorials
Formative feedback on multiple choice tests are given verbally and available on SurreyLearn to provide feedback on understanding control systems analysis and simple design. 

Reading list

Reading list for CONTROL :

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.