Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


This course introduces students to modelling and control of engineering systems. It presents tools that are fundamental for the analysis and design of such systems. The tools presented in the course use energy as a key element to develop modelling skills that can transcend physical domains and engineering specialisations. In addition, the course provides students with an understanding of the principle of feedback along with an introduction to classical control design techniques. Topics include fundamental limitations, stability of closed loop systems, control design for time domain and frequency domain specifications.

Availability2022 Course Timetables

PSB Singapore

  • Trimester 3 - 2022 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 2 - 2022 (Singapore)


  • Semester 2 - 2022

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): MCHA2000. Students who have successfully completed MCHA2000 are not eligible to enrol in ENGG2440.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Formulate mathematical models of basic engineering systems with components from different physical domains (mechanical, electrical, hydraulic)

2. Build computational models based on block diagrams and state-space equations

3. Perform numerical simulations of time-domain response of dynamic systems

4. Relate the time response of linear time-invariant systems to model structure and parameters

5. Relate the frequency response of linear systems to transfer functions and system time response to sinusoidal excitation

6. Analyse stability of equilibrium points of nonlinear systems via linearisation

7. Demonstrate how feedback can be used to control the response of a system in a desired manner, and recognize the limit of performance

8. Demonstrate how different controller attributes influence the performance of a feedback control system

9. Design feedback controllers for typical response specifications in time as well as frequency domain


This course will cover:

1. Introduction to engineering systems

2. Energy-based modelling of engineering systems in different physical domains

3. From energy-based to computational models for computer simulation

4. Analysis of linear systems using transforms including a review of Laplace transforms

5. Transfer functions and block diagrams

6. Role of feedback and fundamental limits on the response achievable with feedback, sensitivity and complementary sensitivity functions

7. Stability of closed loop systems, root locus

8. Time domain response specifications, P, PI, PID controller, Anti-integral windup

9. Frequency domain analysis, Bode, Stability Margins

10. Compensator design for frequency domain specifications

Assumed knowledge

MATH1110 Mathematics for Engineering, Science and Technology 1,

MATH1120 Mathematics for Engineering, Science and Technology 2,

MATH2310 Calculus of Science and Engineering, and

PHYS1210 Advanced Physics I

Assessment items

Quiz: Weekly Quizzes

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Laboratory Assignments

Quiz: Mid-term and Final Quizzes

Contact hours

PSB Singapore and Callaghan


Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 1


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 2

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