Postgraduate taught 

Aerospace Engineering MSc

Control Systems Analysis and Design M ENG5314

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Engineering
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course provides a theoretical background to classical control. Topics include frequency-domain and time-domain methods, multi-variable and state-space techniques. A laboratory gives the opportunity to apply the methods practically.


2 lectures per week

2 tutorial sessions

1 3-hour laboratory

Excluded Courses

Control 4 (ENG4042)

Control M (ENG5022)

Control System Analysis and Design 4


Examination: 90 min

Written assignment: laboratory report

Main Assessment In: December

Course Aims

This course aims to provide an understanding of continuous time control systems, to analyse and design linear control systems in the frequency and in the state space domains, and to apply these methods in a laboratory exercise..

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ explain frequency domain, time domain and state space concepts of control systems

■ use frequency domain design and analysis techniques, including Bode plots, Nyquist diagrams and the root locus method

■ analyse and design feedback controllers using proportional, integral and derivative (PID) control and pole placement

■ appreciate the use of Matlab and Simulink as simulation tools for control system analysis and design

■ represent dynamic systems in state space form, and design state-estimator feedback control systems using pole placement

■ model a servo motor system and design, analyse and experimentally evaluate dynamic feedback control

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.

Students must attend the laboratory session and submit the written assignment.