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Control System Investigation (ENG668)

Organisational Unit Engineering and Energy
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit examines different methodologies for evaluation of control system performance. Large-scale process case studies are identified, modelled and controlled using different types of conventional and advanced controllers. Suitable performance indicators/measures including statistical process control charts are then identified and implemented into the case studies and used to evaluate the performances of the control systems especially in relation to process economics.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit the students should be able to:
1. Perform interaction analysis
2. Identify the most appropriate control structure for an interacting process based on interaction analysis
3. Design and implement decouplers
4. Design and implement Generic Model Control
5. Design and implement Dynamic Matrix Control
Research and identify the most suitable and comprehensive control performance measures, to be used for thorough performance analysis of different types of controllers.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures/tutorials/meetings/laboratories: By arrangement with the Unit Coordinator.
Unit Learning Experiences In this unit the students will work in groups to conduct research, create models, solve design problems, perform a thorough analysis of their designs, make presentations and develop reports. The expectation is for the groups to evolve into teams. The team processes of meetings, project schedules, exchange of technical information, conflict resolution and assessment submissions will be closely monitored. The students are expected to work towards scheduled assessments as a team using the unit coordinator/instructor as a facilitator. Facilitation will not be restricted to meetings and workshops; it could use email and the telephone. The weekly meetings/workshops would be exploited to discuss troublesome issues or key concepts.
The learning activities are very much related to the process of self-managed teams. They include research, peer learning through intra-group discussions, presentations, class discussions and reports. It is expected that through these activities, the students will gain a familiarity with process control system design and performance analysis.
Group presentations ensure the participation of all members of the class. The presentations train students in public speaking and the use of the latest multimedia technology available.
Assessment The assessment components comprise of:
1. Fortnightly and final progress presentations - individual (40%)
Through fortnightly and final presentations, the group progress in assigned project will be closely monitored and discussed. Extensive feedback will be given to the students in relation to the technical work as well as their team-work and their communication skills.
2. Reports 1 to 3 - group (60%)
The groups will produce three technical reports throughout semester, each covering some aspects of the technical work. The students will receive verbal and written assessment of their reports both in terms of technical findings and written communication of results.
Prerequisites ENG525 Instrumentation and Control I; ENG508 Instrumentation and Control II; ENG563 Processes, Simulation and Instrumentation.
Exclusions Students who have previously completed ENG445 Instrumentation and Control Systems Design many not enrol in this unit for credit.
Previously 2014: 'CSI: Control System Investigation'
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Linh Vu
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 1446
e: Linh.Vu@murdoch.edu.au
o: 220.2.003C - Engineering and Energy, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr Linh Vu
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 1446
e: Linh.Vu@murdoch.edu.au
o: 220.2.003C - Engineering and Energy, Murdoch Campus
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