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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Introduction to Systems, Signals and Control
Module Code EE207
School School of Electronic Engineering
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Marissa Condon
Semester 2: Marissa Condon
Autumn: Marissa Condon
Module TeachersMarissa Condon
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

To introduce the student to the study of dynamics of systems and to demonstrate and analyse a number of common systems, including circuits and mechanical systems.

Learning Outcomes

1. Develop mathematical models for a range of dynamical systems
2. Change between different mathematical model representations (differential equation, state-space and transfer function)
3. Calculate responses and examine the stability of systems
4. Simulate simple dynamical systems

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Tutorial10No Description
Laboratory12No Description
Independent Study79No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Dynamic and static systems

Mathematical modelling of systems

Continuous-time and discrete-time modelling

Differential equation and difference equation models

Differential/difference equation and state-space representations

Transfer functions

Relationship between state-space and transfer function forms


Solution to linear differential and difference state-space equations

Characteristics of first- and second-order systems


Introduction to block diagrams and feedback

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment20% Examination Weight80%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Loop QuizSimulation and analysis of simple dynamical systems20%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 3
Indicative Reading List

  • Ogata K: 2004, System Dynamics, 4, Prentice Hall,
  • Chi-Tsong Chen: 2013, Linear System Theory and Design, 4, Oxford University Press, 2013,
  • Richard C. Dorf,Robert H. Bishop: 0, Modern Control Systems, Global Edition, 9781292152974
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
ECEBEng Electronic & Computer Engineering
ECSAStudy Abroad (Engineering & Computing)
ECSAOStudy Abroad (Engineering & Computing)
MEB.Eng. in Mechatronic Engineering
Date of Last Revision27-FEB-13

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