Course Title: Modelling, Simulation and Process Control

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Modelling, Simulation and Process Control

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


120H Civil, Environmental & Chemical Engineering


Sem 2 2006

Course Coordinator: Luis Alban

Course Coordinator Phone: (61 3) 9925 2332

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 7:4:08

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

MATH1122 Mathematics for Engineers is a pre-requisite course as differential equations are required to fully discribe Chemical Engineering models. The development of these models also requires a solid background of first and second year courses such as Chemical Engineering Fundamentals, Process Principles, Heat and Mass Transfer, and Reaction Engineering. Good skills in IT is also desirable for the design of control systems.       

Course Description

Process Control involves the application of different techniques to design and operate dynamically consistent processes, tune and troubleshoot control loops, and make correct process control design decisions. Correct application of Process Control improves the profitability and safety of a given process, while maintaining high product quality standards. Over the past two decades, Process Control has emerged as a major technical field for Chemical Engineers. Essentially every design and plant operation requires a background in Process Control.     

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

At the conclusion of this course you will have developed skills in analysis dynamic processes in order to design control systems.

At the conclusion of this course you will be able to:

- Develop models to describe the dynamic behaviour of a process

- Design control systems for a process based on its dynamic behaviour

- Tune-up control systems using different tuning techniques

- Select the correct hardware to implement control loops

Overview of Learning Activities

Key concepts and their applications will be explained and illustrated in lectures, tutorials, and additional online material. These concepts are then applied to an experimental work carried out in the laboratory. 

Overview of Learning Resources

To assist the learning process, a complete set of notes (learning package) is available at RMIT’s bookshop. This material is also available online. For the laboratory work and tutorials, relevant information will also be provided.   

Overview of Assessment

Your ability to clearly expalin key concepts of this course may include assignments, tests, written reports and a final examination.