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Unit Overview


The topics covered in this unit include measurement principles of various sensors (e.g. flow, temperature, pressure, level and optical sensors), signal conditioning circuits, ISA standards, applications of programmable logic controllers (PLCs), PLC programming, actuators, valves, final control elements and industrial control systems and loop tuning procedures. The academic objectives of the unit are to (1) understand the measurement principles of various sensors used in an industrial setting; (2) familiarise with ISA standards and to prepare technical drawings; (3) design electronic circuitry for measurement systems; (4) design process systems under economic and safety constraints(5) program PLCs and (6) design loop tuning procedures in industrial control systems

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) demonstrate professional engineering skills and abilities when working in teams; (2) demonstrate the importance of following international technical standards in relation to accurate technical communication and safety; (3) demonstrate awareness of hazards and analyse risk in relation to economic and safety considerations; (4) design signal conditioning circuits for process instrumentation and control; (5) analyse various measurement principles; (6) design industrial control systems; and (7) write ladder logic programs for PLCs.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) laboratory reports; (2) assignments; and (3) a 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)
Professor Brett Nener
Unit rules
Enrolment in 62550 Master of Professional Engineering
Electrical and Electronic specialisation
or Chemical Engineering specialisation
or Mechanical Engineering specialisation
Enrolment in
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
Successful completion of
120 Points
and GENG3402 Control Engineering
ELEC3320 Process Instrumentation and Control
Advisable prior study
ENSC2003 Engineering Electrical Fundamentals.
Contact hours
lectures, practical classes and laboratories
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.