Systems Analysis and Control (H6104)

15 credits, Level 5

Spring teaching

Systems Analysis and Control provides you with an introduction to fundamental systems analysis and control topics, which help you understand how a control system works and how a system should be analysed.

You will learn how to develop mathematical models and analyse dynamical systems, as well as how to design control systems for particular applications in this module.

Topics include:

  • transfer functions, block diagrams
  • modelling of mechanical and electrical systems
  • systems dynamics, first and second-order systems
  • stability analysis
  • frequency response
  • root locus method
  • PID control
  • phase lead/lag compensators
  • state space equations.


59%: Lecture
41%: Practical (Practical, Workshop)


25%: Coursework (Project)
75%: Examination (Unseen examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 38 hours of contact time and about 112 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: