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Systems Modelling and Analysis (MCEN30020)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeMCEN30020
Semester 1
Semester 2
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This subject will cover the modelling of a range of physical systems across multiple domains as ordinary differential equations, and then introduce the mathematical techniques to analyse their open loop behaviour.

Topics include:

  • Development of low order models of a range of electrical, thermal, mechanical, pneumatic and hydraulic dynamic systems
  • Different representations of these systems (time and, frequency domains) and transformations between them (Laplace, Fourier and Z-transforms)
  • Representations of systems – transfer functions, Bode plots, state space, block diagrams, etc
  • Identification of linear time invariant systems (least squares identification)
  • Relation to time domain properties of open loop responses – stability, oscillations, etc.

MATLAB will be used throughout the course to complement the presented concepts.

Intended learning outcomes

Having completed this subject it is expected that the student be able to:

  1. Apply fundamental mathematical tools to model, analyse and design signals and systems in both time-domain and frequency-domain
  2. Recognise the broad applicability of the mathematics of signals and systems theory, particularly within mechanical and mechatronic engineering
  3. Identify the parameters of linear time invariant systems using input-output data
  4. Use MATLAB to study the behaviour of signals and systems as they arise in a variety of contexts.

Generic skills

On completion of this subject, students should have developed the following skills:

  • The ability to apply knowledge of science and engineering fundamentals
  • The ability to undertake problem identification, formulation, and solution
  • The ability to utilise a systems approach to complex problems and to design and operational performance
  • The ability to undertake problem identification, formulation, and solution.

Last updated: 30 July 2019