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Unit information: Sensors, Signals and Control in 2021/22

Unit name Sensors, Signals and Control
Unit code AENG31300
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Professor. Steve Burrow
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Aerospace Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

An introduction to the fundamental theory of sensing and control systems in the context of aerospace engineering, including sensor types and characteristics; signal processing and core feedback control concepts.


  • To introduce the fundamentals of sensor behaviour and signal processing techniques.
  • To introduce design and analysis of control systems, with particular reference to aerospace applications.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the unit students will:

  • be able to characterise sensors and their outputs;
  • be able to apply linear systems theory to signal generation and processing;
  • be aware of the implications of systems which work with sampled data;
  • understand the steps involved in formulating control system problems and be able to identify important system performance criteria e.g. gain and phase margin, bandwidth, steady state error and stability;
  • be able to conduct outline design studies for control systems and be aware of the design trade-off inherent in specifying effective compensation schemes.

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions, which may include lectures, practical activities supported by drop-in sessions, problem sheets and self-directed exercises.

Assessment Information

50% Sensors and Signals coursework

50% Control coursework


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