Control and Instrumentation

Course code ELE2101

Efficient production requires that industrial processes produce the required outputs.  Control systems are used to ensure the desired outputs.  To work with control systems, the user must be able to predict the overall system response from a knowledge of the dynamic behaviour of each of the various components that make up the system.

This course covers the elements of classical control.  A good grounding in the understanding of the dynamic behaviour of systems is followed by a study of the elements that make up some control systems.  Standard techniques for modifying the behaviour of control systems are examined.  Particular studies of real world control systems are used to bring together the topics previously covered.

How to enrol

Before enrolling in this course you need to:

  • Choose the qualification you will study the course under. See the Work towards tab below for qualification options.
  • Check the order that courses in the qualification should be studied in the Qualification Structure table. This is in the Choose courses tab on the qualification page.
  • Level 6  
    Credits 15 
  • Study type Trimester  
    EFTS 0.125  
  • Availability
    2019 :  
    Trimester 2 enrol by 16 Jun 2019 to start 15 Jul 2019
  • Delivery type
    2019 :  
    Trimester 2 2019 Online/Print   
  • Workload

    Allow approximately 8-9 hours study time per week for each 15 credit course. Your workload may be higher around assessment due dates or exam time.

  • Fees
    2019 :  
    NZ students $738 + $60 annual administration fee
    International students N/A + $60 annual administration fee
  • Prerequisites Check entry and other requirements under the qualification you are studying  

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to

  • categorise and analyse the behaviour of a dynamic system;
  • describe the characteristics of common control system components;
  • interpret controller characteristics;
  • analyse overall control system characteristics;
  • predict overall control system behaviour from the characteristics of the components which comprise the system;
  • analyse and trouble shoot control loop faults;
  • evaluate and tune a control system loop controller.


30% internally assessed

70% exam

For more information and a full list of exam times see our examinations page.


No textbooks are required for this course

Other requirements

A basic scientific calculator (may be programmable or graphic type, but this is not required) a basic protractor, scale ruler, dividers, HB pencil, eraser, drawing compass and flexicurve drawing aid.
A pad of A4, 4cycle, semilog graph paper. Caution: 3cycle, 5cycle and log-log graph paper are unsuitable.