Module Catalogue

MEC2105 : Control System Technology

  • Offered for Year: 2017/18
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Michael Lau
  • Lecturer: Dr Kwee Lee, Dr Yi Zhou, Dr Edwin Foo
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Singapore
Semester 2 Credit Value: 15
ECTS Credits: 8.0


The module aims to equip students having previous knowledge of electro-mechanical systems with the knowledge and understanding of the physical design and principle of operation of a wide variety of sensors and actuator types, which will in turn give them the skills to select and specify which devices are best suited to particular closed-loop control applications.

Outline Of Syllabus

(1)       Introduction to elements of control and measurement systems (also a form of mechatronic system): sensors, actuators, interfacing devices and controllers
(2)       Nature of signals: analogue and digital; discretization and quantization errors; time and frequency domains; sampling and aliasing issues; conversion and interfacing
(3)       Sensors: types, basic operating principles and design and performance specifications; force, strain, position, velocity, acceleration, temperature
(4)       Actuators: types and operating principles and design and performance characteristics of electro-magnetic, piezoelectric, Fluid-power
(5)       An introduction to controller elements: analogue, digital and discrete
(6)       Case Study of industrial systems: automotive, aerospace systems, manufacturing automation, robotics, medical instrumentation and consumer products
(7)       Data acquisition Exercise: signal conditioning, signal conversion and data acquisition and control

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00End of Semester examination.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Target non-timetable hours to complete coursework assignment submission
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion360:3018:00Recommended revision for exams, assuming prior regular independent study throughout teaching
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture152:0030:00Structured presentation of syllabus may include skills demonstration, formative feedback, etc
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical45:0020:00Extended activity (laboratory) to apply taught material, develop professional skills
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching101:0010:00Problem classes (“tutorials”) to support independent study and reinforce skills practise
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study160:0060:00Recommended regular personal study throughout teaching period to follow up taught classes
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures convey the underlying engineering science and the approaches required to apply this to the discipline-specific problems identified.

Tutorials and group learning workshops support the students' self-study in reading around the lecture material and learning to solve the practical engineering problems posed by the Tutorial Questions.

Practical work enables students to obtain hands-on experience in analysing and designing real engineering problems using hardware and software tools.

The team written assignment helps to broaden the knowledge and understanding of basic measurement principles and application in modern engineering and prepares the student for future continuing professional development.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A60
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report2M20Lab reports and assessments x3
Report2M20Group assignment (max 7.5 hours).
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Examination provides an appropriate way to assess both theoretical understanding and practical problem solving skills under time-constraint as required in industry.

Assignment work enables more realistic engineering problems to be set and may also assess data acquisition and software use skills. The students will be aware of the definitions, SI units and dimensions of physical quantities and be able to apply the broad base of scientific principles, which underpin the characteristics and uses of sensors and actuator types.

Practical work reinforces that theoretical principles can be applied on real equipment.

Reading Lists