Course Title: Set up field control devices

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: EEET6795C

Course Title: Set up field control devices

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6085 - Advanced Diploma of Electrical - Technology

Course Contact: Marko Dumovic

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4342

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 60

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

UEENEEE002B Dismantle, assemble and fabricate electrotechnology components
UEENEEE007B Use drawings, diagrams, schedules and manuals

Course Description

This unit covers setting up field control devices such as transducers, sensors, and actuators. It encompasses working safely, following design brief, applying knowledge of device operating principles, interpreting device specifications, following manufacturer’s set up specifications, testing device operation and documenting set up parameters

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

UEENEEI019B Set up field control devices


1. Prepare to set up field control devices
2. Set up field control devices
3. Test and document set up of field control devices

Performance Criteria:

1 1.1 OHS processes and procedures for a given work area are identified, obtained and understood
1.2 Established OHS risk control measures and procedures are followed in preparation for the work.
1.3 The field devices to be set up are determined from control system specifications and in consultations with relevant persons
1.4 Activities are planned to meet scheduled timelines in consultation with others involved in the work.
1.5 Tools, equipment and testing devices needed for the work are obtained in accordance with established procedures and checked for correct operation and

2.1 OHS risk control measures and procedures for carrying out the work are followed.
2.2 Devices are set up drawing on knowledge of field device and operation, characteristics and applications.
2.3 Devices are positioned and adjusted in accordance with their operating principles, manufacturer instructions and control system requirements.
2.4 Methods for dealing with unexpected situations are selected on the basis of safety and specified work outcomes.
2.5 Setting up devices is carried out efficiently without waste of materials or damage to apparatus and the surrounding environment or services and using sustainable energy practices.

3 3.1 OHS risk control measures and procedures for carrying out the work are followed.
3.2 Field devices are tested and final adjustments made to correct any anomalies in their operation.
3.3 Field device set up is documented in accordance with established procedures.

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Learning and simulated work activities to demonstrate an understanding of principles of operation of transducers and sensors, including:

Work simulated practical exercises related to:
Basic cable and conductor terminations, instrumentation safe working practices. Sensor installation requirements encompassing: safety precaution for the various types of devices, connecting devices, locating, aligning and adjusting devices, principles of analog signal conditioning, digital signal conditioning

Classroom tutorial activities involving the following topics:
Measurement principles and concepts , technical standards, regulations and codes applicable to instrumentation and control. Characteristics of transducers and sensors involving: Strain sensors ,Temperature Measurement , Flow Measurement, Pressure Measurement, Level Measurement, Proximity sensors, Displacement, Location or position sensors, Light dependant resistor, LSCR, Phototransistor , Automation Studio, Control Programming and interfacing, Contactors, Relay Logic

Research Assignment on transducers, sensing devices and transmitters

Teaching Schedule


Week Number Topic Delivered                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Assessment Task

1       Introduction to course, course guide, assessment, topics breakdown, resources, OHS issues. 
         Description of the elements of a process control system with emphasis on instrumentation, transducers, sensors, control valves.

        AV: Soldering Sequence (revision)    AV: Photoelectric Effect

Definitions of Accuracy and Precision
2           Process control systems, Control Components Transducers, Sensors, Valves.  Basic cable and conductor terminations
            AV: Instrumentation Discrete and Sensory
3          Concepts of measurement, Definitions, Range, Span, Hysteresis, Accuracy and Precision , Instrument static and dynamic characteristics, Control Modes, Basic Measurement Channel
4           Measurement of Temperature, Types of Sensing Elements, Resistance Temperature Devices, Thermocouple temperature sensing elements, Typical Industrial Thermocouple Circuits, Intermediate Temperature of Metals, Optical Pyrometers, Radiation Pyrometers.

5                Calibration of Temperature Transducer,  Control Programming
                Principles of Pressure measurement, Pressure Units, The Bourdon Tube, Stiff Diaphragm Pressure Gauge, Slack Diaphragm Pressure Gauge, Manometer , Stain Gauge

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Task 2a
6                    Written assessment on concepts of measurement and instrument characteristics                                                                                                                                                 Task 1
7 Introduction to Level Measurement , Float Methods, Capacitance Probes, Radiation Level Probes, Ultrasonic Level Measurements, Displacer Level Measurement, Level Measurement using Weighing Method, Level Measurement and Control Instruments

8               Flow measurement, Flow Detection, Mass Flow Meters, Positive Displacement Meters, Practical Restriction Flow Meters, The Turbine Flow Meter, Turbine Flow meters, Corriolis Flow Meters, Ultrasonic Flow meter, Thermal Flow Meters, Flow Meter Applications

9                 Proximity detectors, Limit switches, Hall effect devices, Infrared camera;  Process characteristics                                                                                                                             Task 2b
10              Research internet sites, manufacturers catalogues, reference materials and related
11               Light dependant resistor, LSCR, Phototransistor, Control programming exercises on pressure vessel, sorting machine , optical and proximity switches
12              Setting field control devices, device specifications, signal conditioning,   Relay and thermostat control programming exercises                                                                         Task 2c
13              Pressure Measurement ;Instrumentation standards  ;
14              Instrument safe working practices ;Transducers and Sensors laboratory exercises

15             Setting field control devices;  Process Variables, Transmitters
16             Sensors ;Insulation resistance and conductivity testing ; Flow control process rig
17             Assessment                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Task 3
18             Feedback on Assessment.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Marko Dumovic, Process Control Systems, RMIT


Curtis D. Johnson, Process Control Instrumentation Technology, Prentice Hall 2000

Other Resources

Multimedia Resources, to assist student learning and assessment will be placed on School’s internal network drive (S:\C6985\EEET6795C\Instrumentation&Control\INSTRUMENTATION_HTML\PROCHOM.HTM) .

Student will need student’s login number and password to access this information.

- S:\C6985\EEET6795C\Siemens Sensors Tutorial

- Jacob Fraden, Handbook of Modern Sensors: Physics, Designs, and Applications (Handbook of Modern Sensors) By, Publisher: Springer,Publication Date: 2003-12-04, ISBN / ASIN: 0387007504
Electronic book version is available on local student drive.

Recommended Videos and DVDs available in RMIT Carlton Library:
- Instrumentation Discrete and Sensory
- Process Variables ( 30’)
- Process Characteristics ( 30’)
- Instrumentation symbols (30’)
- Process and Instrumentation Diagrams (30’)
- Transmitters ( 40 min)
- Flow ( 51 min)
- Temperature ( 50 min)
- Instrument Calibration (30’)
- Instrumentation Loop Troubleshooting (30’)

-RMIT online learning resources are located on RMIT Online Learning Hub. Follow the link to log in
The Learning Hub ( Blackboard) is the central point of access to the online courses in which students are registered.

Overview of Assessment

This course will be assessed through a range of practical exercises, assignments and progressive tests.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment task 1 (Test): 20%
Written assessment on Concepts of measurement, Definitions, Range, Span, Hysteresis, Accuracy and Precision , Instrument static and dynamic characteristics, Control Modes, Basic Measurement Channel

Assessment task 2 (Practical exercises in simulated workplace): 25%
Setting up field control devices including:
A. Determining the field control devices to be set up, Control Programming
B. Positioning and adjusting devices accordance with their operating principles, manufacturer instructions and control system requirements
C. Testing field devices and making final adjustments to correct any anomalies in their operation
D. Documenting field control device set up in accordance established procedures
E. Dealing with unplanned events by drawing on essential knowledge and skills to provide appropriate solutions.
F. Show an understanding of Occupational Health and Safety.
Work performance simulation projects and laboratory exercises have to be undertaken toward the end of the unit, in a controlled environment for the specified duration in order to perform tasks autonomously and/or a member of a team.

Assessment task 3 (Test): 45%

Written assessment to demonstrate an understanding of flow, temperature, level, force and pressure measurement techniques, sensors and transducers.

Assessment task 4 (Class participation and performance) 10 %

Ongoing class assessment relating to preparation and setting up field control devices.
When participating in class activities, students must demonstrate ability to:
o Organise and manage the tasks within the assignment requirements
o Perform tasks autonomously and/or as a member of a team as task proscribes
o Perform task and manage work environment/equipment according to safe working practice and OH&S requirements.
o Meet assessment criteria, conditions and technical requirement relevant to the competency standard detail above.

Assessment Matrix


                                                                                                                       Assessment Types  

Competency National Code Competency Title Practical Exercises AssignmentProject/
UEENEEEI019B Setup Field Control   Devices                                                XX X 

Other Information

A license to practice in the workplace is required for work involving direct access to plant and equipment connected to installation wiring at voltages above 50 V a.c. or 120 V d.c.

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