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ZUG4015 – Control Systems and Automation

Undergraduate – Module

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this module is offered.


Business, Engineering and Technology


South Africa
On-campus block of classes

  • Semester 1, 2021 (Mainstream Programme)
  • Semester 1, 2022 (Extended Programme)

12 credits, NQF Level 8


The module provides the students with the knowledge of control systems used in Electrical Engineering to control the functioning and operation of mechanical systems. This is achieved through formulation of elementary techniques such as block diagrams, analysis of interconnected systems and design of feedback control systems in terms of input-output, linear, and time-invariant models. It also familiarise the students with open loop and closed loop control that forms an inherent part of Automated control systems.


On completion of the module, students will be expected to be able to:

1Explain control system concepts
2Interpret the need and origins of open loop and closed loop control (Automatic control)
3Apply Linear systems modelling and dynamics
4Apply principles of control system design
5Analyse the stability of linear systems


Coursework assessment: 40%
Examination: 60%

Workload requirements

Control systems engineering is about an understanding of feedback systems and feedback design used in controlling the functioning of systems of machine components. This module introduces mechanical engineers to the control techniques used in electrical systems to control and automate the operation of machines. There will be a combination of lectures that include interactive elements, assignments that will be done as group work and experimental work to be done in a laboratory. All outcomes will be assessed by means of assignments, laboratory work, class tests and a final examination.

Chief examiner(s)





Electrical and Electronic Fundamentals, Basics of Electrical and Optical Physics