Control and Mechatronics - EENG5170

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Combined Autumn and Spring Terms 5 15 (7.5) Xinggang Yan checkmark-circle


Control: Control fundamentals and modelling: Modelling of engineering processes, Laplace transfer, system description in frequency domain and time domain. Feedback control design with feedback and PID control: Digital - control: Implications of digital implementation and controller emulation methods.
Mechatronics: Sensors and transducers for mechatronic systems; Actuation: pneumatic and hydraulic actuators, mechanical actuators, electronical actuators; Microprocessors: Microprocessor systems, microcontrollers.


Contact hours

Contact hours 34
Private study hours: 116
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main Assessment Methods
50% Examination
25% Coursework (Lab report and presentation)
25% Homework

Indicative reading

- Control Systems Engineering – By: Norman S. Nise; John Wiley & Sons; 7th Edition 2013.
- Feedback Control of Dynamic Systems – By: Gene Franklin, J. David Powell, Abbas Emami-Naeini; Pearson; 2014.
- Mechatronics: Electronic Control Systems in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering – By: W. Bolton; Pearson; 5th Edition 2011.
- Mechatronics: Electronics in Products and Processes – By: David Allan Bradley; CRC Press, 1993.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1. Understand the classical feedback control methods adopted for design and analysis of engineering systems;
2. design and analyse feedback control systems using a range of techniques;
3. use effectively the specifications of mechatronic components and systems, including sensors, actuators, controllers and microprocessors;
4. undertake the design, analysis and performance of a mechatronic system.


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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