GENG4404 Automation and Control

6 points
AvailabilityLocationModeFirst year of offer
Not available in 2020UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
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.
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.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has
obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student
must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit rules
enrolment in Bachelor of Automation and Robotics; (CITS1001 Software Engineering with Java
CITS2401 Computational Analysis and Visualisation);
ENSC2003 Electrical Fundamentals)
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering
Advisable prior study:
CITS1001 Software Engineering with Java
CITS2401 Computational Analysis and Visualisation);
ENSC2003 Electrical Fundamentals
Contact hours
4 hours per week
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