Course Title: Process Control and Simulation

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Process Control and Simulation

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


120H Civil, Environmental & Chemical Engineering


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

Course Coordinator: Dr Daniel Lester

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2404

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 10.12.28A

Course Coordinator Availability: Wednesdays 10am - 12pm

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

MATH1122 Mathematics for Engineers, PROC2082 Heat and Mass Transfer and PROC2083 Reaction Engineering are pre-requisite courses.

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.

WAM statement:
Please note that if you take this course for a bachelor honours program, your overall mark in this course will be one of the course marks that will be 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 web page for more information.)

The WAM web page link:;ID=eyj5c0mo77631

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course specifically addresses the following Program Learning Outcomes:

1.2 Conceptual understanding of mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline
1.3 In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline
2.2 Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources



Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Develop mathematical models to describe the dynamic behaviour of a process
  2. Design control systems for a given process based on its dynamic behavior
  3. Simulate and model control systems using SIMULINK software
  4. Tune-up control systems using different tuning techniques
  5. Implement control loops using the correct hardware    


Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities consist of class-based lectures and tutorials, computer laboratory tutorials and associated group assignments, self-directed learning and case studies.

Overview of Learning Resources

A complete set of notes are available on myRMIT. Other resources will be made available also through myRMIT or in class.

Overview of Assessment


Class Test (30%), CLO 1, 2

Assignment (15%) CLO 1, 2, 3, 4

Exam (60%) CLO 1, 2, 4, 5