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Unit Overview


This unit provides an overview of key technologies relevant to Industry 4.0 and brings together the themes developed throughout the Associate Degree of Applied Technologies (ADAT). Students will gain hands-on experience with data acquisition, process control, and platform integration for Industry 4.0 applications. Specific topics covered include: introduction to Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) and ladder-logic programming; introduction to Python for Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT); Open Standards for Digital Interoperability; Digital twins and Cloud Computing. Case studies from research projects conducted through the UWA ERDi Testlab, illustrating the practical application of these concepts, will also be included.

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

Students are able to (1) define Industry 4.0 and outline its impact on industry; (2) implement PLC programs using ladder logic; (3) write programs in Python for Industry 4.0 technologies; (4) apply Industry 4.0 interoperability standards in data acquisition; (5) explain the Digital Twin concept and describe its value to industry; and (6) apply Industry 4.0 technologies to solve practical real-world problems.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignments; (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)
Dr Peter Falloon
Unit rules
MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods (ID 5108)
or MATX1721 Mathematics Foundations
PACM1101 Communication in Practice (ID 1149)
or PACX1101 Communication in Practice
Contact hours
Lectures/seminars: 3 hrs per week (first 3 weeks and last 3 weeks)
Workshops/practical sessions: 3 hrs per week (middle 6 weeks)
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