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Unit Overview


This unit provides students with specialist knowledge and skills for the design and planning of industrial production and automation processes. Different techniques and methods are covered, including industrial communication protocols, interfaces between automation and physical processes, reliability and safety modelling, sensor and actuator selection and control, redundancy measures, measurement principles of various sensors, signal conditioning circuits, ISA standards, applications of programmable logic controllers (PLCs), PLC programming, actuators, valves, final control elements, industrial control systems and loop tuning procedures. Practical work will include industrial PLCs and an industrial production street.

6 points

Students are able to (1) explain the theory, applications and limitations of a range of industry-standard automation techniques and methods; (2) use a range of industry-standard automation techniques, sensors and actuators; (3) design an automation system to satisfy given operating requirements; (4) design electronic circuitry for measurement systems; (5) use ISA standards to prepare technical drawings; and (6) program PLCs and loop tuning procedures in industrial control systems.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) laboratories; (2) project; and (3) final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Unit rules
Atleast 72 Points Unit(s)
and CITS1001 Software Engineering with Java (ID 296)
and ENSC2003 Engineering Electrical Fundamentals (ID 7436)
GENG4404 Automation and Control (ID 7681)
Advisable prior study
CITS1001 Software Engineering with Java
or CITS2401 Computational Analysis and Visualisation).
and ENSC2003 Electrical Fundamentals
Contact hours
4 hours per week
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