Control and Mechatronics

Module summary

Module code: ELEE1154
Level: 6
Credits: 15
School: Engineering and Science
Department: Engineering
Module Coordinator(s): Terry Gorman



The aim of this Module is to provide the fundamental principles of control systems engineering and mechatronics. Upon Module completion students will have gained the foundational knowledge and understating of system modelling, design, analysis and implementation of control systems using benchmark applications. In addition, students will be familiarised with sensors and measurement systems commonly used in multidisciplinary engineering applications.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:
1 Design and analyse Control and Mechatronics systems

2 Predict the steady state, transient and frequency response of various types of control systems

3 Appreciation of sensors and actuators involved in designing and building a Mechatronics system

4 Use the Labview, Matlab/Simulink software packages as an aid to the analysis and prediction of system responses.

Indicative content

This Module provides a solid understanding of analysis and design of feedback control and mechatronics systems employed in a wide range of engineering applications. The Module provides knowledge of the core concepts such as modelling, analysis and simulation of systems using both time domain and frequency domain techniques. In addition, the Module aims to provide understanding of measurement principles, terminologies and basic operation of commonly used instrumentation systems. The Module also provides the opportunity for the students to work with the software packages used in industry including LabView and Matlab. The Module also provides opportunities for the students to improve their skills in formal writing, team working, decision making and time management.

Teaching and learning activity

Lectures, Lab sessions, reading and research.


Lab report - 30% LO - 1, 2, 3, 4. Pass mark - 40% 1500 words. Report based on lab (1) work.

Exam - 70% LO - 1, 2, 3. Pass mark 40% 2 hours. Closed book exam.

All elements of summative assessment must be passed to pass the module.

Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning: Group presentation on phase lead/lag compensation techniques; (Lab 2