Course Title: Industrial Automation

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Industrial Automation

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

EEET2105

City Campus

Undergraduate

125H Electrical & Computer Engineering

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016

EEET2105

City Campus

Undergraduate

172H School of Engineering

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2017

EEET2204

Voc Training Ctre of Hong Kong

Undergraduate

125H Electrical & Computer Engineering

Face-to-Face

Offsh1 14,
Offsh1 15,
Offsh3 16

EEET2388

City Campus

Postgraduate

125H Electrical & Computer Engineering

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016

EEET2388

City Campus

Postgraduate

172H School of Engineering

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Carlos Teixeira

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2728

Course Coordinator Email: carlos.teixeira@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 57.01.11


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

It is assumed that at the time of commencing this course you have a basic knowledge of electronics and digital systems. It is also assumed that you have basic mathematical skills and a general knowledge of common non-electrical physical quantities, such as temperature, pressure, flow rate, force and torque.


Course Description

This course introduces you to practical methods of automatic control of machines, processes and systems. All major parts of a modern industrial control system will be described and their principles explained. These include the Programmable Logic Controller (PLC), as the system ‘brain’, various field devices, which allow the system to ‘sense’ and ‘affect’ the controlled environment, and  communication between  the system components. The principles of developing PLC programs and practical examples of control systems will be also presented. The course provides individual hands-on experience in PLC programming.

Please note that if you take this course for a bachelor honours program, your overall mark for the course will be one of the course marks used to calculate the weighted average mark (WAM) that will determine your award level. This applies to students who commence enrolment in a bachelor honours program from 1 January 2016 onwards. See the WAM information webpage for more information (www1.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=eyj5c0mo77631).


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

At undergraduate level this course develops the following Program Learning Outcomes:

1.3 In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.

2.1 Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving.

2.2 Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources

At postgraduate level this course develops the following Program Learning Outcomes:

• High levels of technical competence in the field
• Be able to apply problem solving approaches to work challenges and make decisions using sound engineering methodologies


On the completion of the course you should be able to:

  • Develop a PLC program for an automatic control system of a medium degree of complexity.
  • Select the right hardware for a given application.
  • Connect the field devices to the PLC to create a complete control system.
  • Consider such aspects of the automation system as network communication, human machine interface, safety and protection against interference.
  • Program typical industrial PLC hardware. 



 


Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities in this course include study of theoretical principles, problem solving, design, software development and laboratory work. These activities take the form of student participation in lectures and tutorials, supervised laboratory classes, unsupervised laboratory work  and individual study.


Overview of Learning Resources

Learning material other than textbooks will be available on-line. You will be able to use the laboratory equipment and computer software provided by the School for the purpose of completing your laboratory assignments and developing your practical programing skills.


Overview of Assessment

Your understanding of the principles of Industrial Automation and your ability to solve theoretically technical problems in this field will be assessed by written tasks such as mid-semester tests and the final examination. You will be required to develop and demonstrate working PLC programs. This will provide a basis for assessing your skills in solving programming problems and using industrial software and hardware.