Course Title: Automation Concepts

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Automation Concepts

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


130T Vocational Engineering


Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014

Course Coordinator: William Lau

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99254703

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 57.05.029

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Students are required to have successfully completed EEET2276 - Electrical/Electronic Principles or equivalent course with evidence of equivalent capabilities.

Course Description

This course introduces the student to principles of automation and process control. Topic areas include process control principles, transducers and applications, PLC’s (concepts, programming interfacing and the like) and introduction to supervisory control & data acquisition systems (SCADA).

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Students will gain or improve capabilities in:
Technical competence:
• TC1: knowledge in process control principles, advanced control programming techniques, PID tunning methods, transducers, SCADA Systems
• TC3: with its practical component and an established understanding of complex control principles; this course prepares student to develop design skills in complex control sequence and interface controller to process instrumentation elements.
• TC4: with its laboratory component, this course prepares the student to analyse, decipher and resolve situations that may occur in PLC control sequence and data acquisition.
Integrative Perspective:
• IP1: students will use established theory to analyse process control problem and establish effective solution for particular situation.
• IP2: To prepare the student through systematic practical laboratory sessions and tutorials to provide effective process control solution and recognised engineering issues in a controlled environment.
Professional Practice:
• PP2: student capabilities will be improved through the presentation of written and verbal reports, and group work in laboratory projects.

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

• plan PLC requirements for particular control application,
• select appropriate controller interface modules for a process control sequence,
• carry out the tunning of the PID controller parameters, and
• analyse and compare controller response for different process requirements.

Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities included in this course are:

• attendance at lectures where syllabus material will be presented and explained, and the subject will be illustrated with demonstrations and examples;
• completion of tutorial questions, laboratory exercises and control system projects designed to give further practice in the application of theory and procedures, and to give feedback on student progress and understanding;
• completion of written and practical assignments consisting of control programming problems and process control techniques which requiring an integrated understanding of the subject matter; and
• private study, working through the course as presented in classes and learning materials, and gaining practice at solving conceptual and numerical problems.

Overview of Learning Resources

Students will be able to access course information and learning materials through the Learning Hub (also known as online@RMIT) and will be provided with copies of additional materials in class.
Lists of relevant reference texts, resources in the library and freely accessible Internet sites will be provided. Students will also use laboratory equipment and computer software within the School during project and assignment work.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment for this course comprises of a mixture of written and assessable practical assignments, progress tests and a final exam in either short answer, multi choice or a mixture of the two.

Written assignments and the presentation will be used to provide feedback to students on their progress in the course during the semester.